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Photos of Egyptian Theater and Chinese Theater

Photos of the Egyptian Theater and Chinese Theater

The largest and rarest photo collection of the Chinese Theater is owned by the website.  There are more than two hundred vintage photographs of this famous theater.

Egyptian Theater photo

Egyptian Theater

In late 1921, Sid Grauman contacted Charles Toberman to have him build a theater with an Egyptian motif.  After several months of construction the Egyptian Theater, located on Hollywood Blvd. was completed. On October 19,1922, Sid Grauman opened his new Egyptian Theater, on Hollywood Blvd.  To date, it was the largest theater built in Hollywood. It boasted of a large forecourt where props of movies could be displayed.  

The film, “Robin Hood” was chosen to be shown on opening night of the theater. This was the first “premiere” ever held in this country.  Starring Douglas Fairbanks, the movie was an enormous success.

Photo of Egyptian theater Photos

Some of the finest photos of the Egyptian Theater are on the website.

Chinese Theater Photo

Chinese Theater

A few years later, Sid, again, asked Charles Toberman to build him another theater – this time of Chinese motif.  Toberman agreed and construction was started on property located on Hollywood Blvd, across the street and to the west of Sid’s Egyptian theater.

About a month before the theater’s grand opening someone came up with the idea of having movie stars placing their handprints, footprints and signatures in wet cement in the theater’s forecourt.  Sid asked Mary Pickford and her husband, Douglas Fairbanks to come to the theater to be the first to have their hand and footprint immortalized in the theater’s forecourt.  Ever since then, hundreds of celebrities had followed in Pickford and Fairbanks footsteps (no pun intended.

The grand opening took place on May 18, 1927 with the premiere of Cecil B.DeMilles’s “King of Kings”, staring, among others, Ernest Torrence, who played the Apostle Peter. The theater was an immediate success and has played host to countless famous films.

Chinese Theater photograph

In the 1980s, the theater underwent an extensive expansion by adding two more small theaters.

The largest collection of Chinese Theater photo is on the website. There are photographs of premieres, hand and footprint ceremonies and construction.









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