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Sid Grauman and Hollywood

Sid Grauman and Hollywood

Sid Grauman and Hollywood Sidney Patrick Grauman was born in Indiana in 1979 and passed away in 1950.  He and his father first started in the theater business by purchasing The Unique vaudeville theater and then bought The Lyceum theater in San Francisco.

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In 1917, he moved to Los Angeles and built a showplace called the "Million Dollar Theatre" located on South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. Built at the then astounding cost of one million dollars, the elaborate Gothic baroque theatre contained 2,345 seats and soon was the site of many motion picture premieres. Sid moved out of Los Angeles to nearby Hollywood. His next theatre, "The Egyptian" located on Hollywood Boulevard, opened on Oct. 18, 1922, with the premiere of "Robin Hood" starring Douglas Fairbanks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chinese Theater

Next, he built the Chinese Theater, with partners Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Howard Schenk. Authorization had to be obtained from the United States government to import temple bells, pagodas, stone Heaven Dogs and other artifacts from China. Poet and film director Moon Quon came from China, and under his supervision Chinese artisans created many pieces of statuary in the work area that eventually became the "Forecourt of the Stars." The theatre was named, "Grauman's Chinese Theatre." As final touches were being placed on the theatre, Sid Grauman accidentally stepped into wet concrete during a visit to the construction of the theatre. It gave him an idea. The theatre opened on May 18, 1927, with the premiere of Cecil B. De Mille's, "King of King's." At the next movie premiere on April 30, 1927, Mr. Grauman began a new tradition. Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were the first motion picture stars to record their signatures and footprints in cement in the forecourt of "Grauman's Chinese Theatre." 

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