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Hand and Footprint ceremonies

Chinese Theater Hand and Footprint Origin and Photos

Jean Klossner

The origin if the Chinese Theater hand and footprint ceremonies started in 1927, while the theater was in the last days of construction.  There are many versions of how and who conceived of the idea of placing celebrities’ handprints, footprints and signatures in wet cement in the theater’s forecourt – but one thing is clear – Jean W. Klossner was the cement mason during the theater’s construction and he was the one who formulated the cement and helped place the celebrities’ imprints in the cement.

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Cement Formula

The “proper kind of cement” was a special mixture devised by Klossner – the formula for...

Photos of Hand and Footprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater

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There are many stories regarding the origin of the hand and footprint ceremonies at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  At this point, we will probably never know the truth.  One thing is for certain -- Jean Klossner was hired to install the cement in the forecourt of the Chinese.  Previously, he had formulated an extremely hard and lasting concrete that he later used when installing celebrities’ hand and footprints in the forecourt. Klossner never revealed his formula for his extremely hard cement.  Also, for certain,...