Hollywood Chinese Theatre - Grauman's
The famous Hollywood Chinese
theatre, officially known as Grauman’s
Chinese Theatre, is a must-see spot when one
visits Hollywood. Rising at a height of 90
feet, the Chinese theatre is easily
for its two large red
columns which frame a stone dragon which
rises 30 feet from the ground.
Somebody once said that visiting Los Angeles
and not see the Hollywood Theatre is the
visiting China and not
seeing the Great Wall. Grauman’s decadent,
impressive edifice and long history has been
a landmark of Hollywood for over
three-quarters of a century.
The most awe-inspiring and spectacular
opening of a theatre in Hollywood history is
that of the grand opening on May 18, 1927 of
the Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Thousands of people crowded Hollywood
Boulevard and chaos broke out as die-hard
fans did their best to catch a glimpse of
the Hollywood movie actors and actresses and
other VIPs as they arrived for the opening.
Cecil B. DeMille's “The King of Kings” was
the film being shown for the first time that
night. It was preceded by "Glories of the
Scriptures," a live introduction spearheaded
by master showman Sid Grauman himself. Music
for the prologue was provided by a Wurlitzer
organ and 65-piece orchestra.
The following day on May 19,
1927, the Chinese Mann theatre was opened to