Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese Theater


After his success with the Egyptian Theatre, Sid Grauman, once again, turned to C.E. Toberman to secure a long term lease on property located at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. Mr. Toberman contracted the architectural firm of Meyer and Holler (who also designed the Egyptian) to design a "palace type theatre" of Chinese design. On Armistice Day, November 11, 1925, the first rivet in thr steel girders was driven in by the beautiful actress, Anna May Wong. During the course of construction of the Chinese Theater, an accident occurred that would later evolve into one of Hollywood's greatest tourist attractions. There have been many stories as to the origin of the hand and foot prints in the theater's forecourt but all but one can be dismissed as fokelore. The true story is that, during construction, Sid Grauman was walking across the forecourt when he was confronted by his chief cement mason, Jean Klossner, who scolded Sid for walking in the freshly laid cement. After making peace with Klossneer, Sid asked Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Norma Talmadge to come to the theater at once. Upon their arrival, he asked them to put their footprints in the new curbstone. However, the cement was nearly dry and the impressions were too faint. In April 1927, just three weeks before the completion of construction, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were invited back this time to formally place their hand and footprints and signatures in the center of the theater's forecourt. A few days later, Sid invited Norma Talmadge to make similar impressions next to those made by Pickford and Fairbanks. Knowing that the theater's grand opening was to occur on May 18,1927, she scribbled that date above her signature instead of the date she actually made the impressions. There are nearly 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the concrete of the theater's forecourt. Variations of this honored tradition are imprints of the eye glasses of Harold Lloyd the cigars of Groucho Marx and George Burns, the magic wands of Harry Potter, the legs of Betty Grable, the fist of John Wayne, the knees of Al Jolson the ice skating blades of Sonja Henie, and the noses of Jimmy Durante and Bob Hope. Western stars William S. Hart and Roy Rogers left imprints of their guns. The hoofprints of "Tony", the horse of Tom Mix, "Champion", the horse of Gene Autry, and "Trigger", the horse of Rogers, were left in the concrete beside the prints of the stars who rode them in the movies. During World War II the theater discontinued installing concrete handprints and footprints. The tradition resumed after the war in 1945 with Gene Tierney:. The only person not associated with the movie industry to have a signature and handprint in front of the theater is Grauman's mother, Rosa. Hollywood, also, honors movie stars by having their names placed in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Don Ameche's ceremony
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JULIE ANDREWS
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Julie Andrews' ceremony
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FRED ASTAIRE
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterDon Ameche's ceremony
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1938
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJULIE ANDREWS
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1966
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJulie Andrews' ceremony
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1966
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterFRED ASTAIRE
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1938
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Freddy Bartholomew's ceremony
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Jack Benny's Ceremony
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HUMPHREY BOGART
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Mayor Tom Bradley's ceremony
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterFreddy Bartholomew's ceremony
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1936
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJack Benny's Ceremony
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1941
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterHUMPHREY BOGART
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1946
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterMayor Tom Bradley's ceremony
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1977
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Joe E. Brown's ceremony
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GEORGE BURNS
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George Burn's ceremony
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George Burns' ceremony
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJoe E. Brown's ceremony
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1936
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterGEORGE BURNS
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1979
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterGeorge Burn's ceremony
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1979
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterGeorge Burns' ceremony
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1979
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C3PO's ceremony
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Eddie Cantor's ceremony
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GARY COOPER
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Jackie Cooper
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterC3PO's ceremony
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1977
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterEddie Cantor's ceremony
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1932
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterGARY COOPER
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1943
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJackie Cooper
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1931
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Jackie Cooper's Ceremony
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JEANNE CRAIN
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JEANNE CRAIN
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JEANNE CRAIN
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJackie Cooper's Ceremony
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1931
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJEANNE CRAIN
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1949
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJEANNE CRAIN
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1949
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJEANNE CRAIN
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1949
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JOAN CRAWFORD
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BING CROSBY
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BETTE DAVIS
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DORIS DAY
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJOAN CRAWFORD
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1929
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterBING CROSBY
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1936
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterBETTE DAVIS
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1950
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterDORIS DAY
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1961
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DORIS DAY
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OLIVIA DE HAvilland
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CECIL B, DEMILLE
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CECIL B. DEMILLE
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterDORIS DAY
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1961
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterOLIVIA DE HAvilland
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1952
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterCECIL B, DEMILLE
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1941
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterCECIL B. DEMILLE
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1941
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IRENE DUNNE
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IRENE DUNNE
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RHONDA FLEMING
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CLARK GABLE
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterIRENE DUNNE
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1946
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterIRENE DUNNE
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1946
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterRHONDA FLEMING
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1987
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterCLARK GABLE
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1937
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CLARK GABLE
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AVA GARDNER
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AVA GARDNER
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JUDY GARLAND
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterCLARK GABLE
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1937
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterAVA GARDNER
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1951
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterAVA GARDNER
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1952
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJUDY GARLAND
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1939
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JUDY GARLAND
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GREER GARSON
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SID GRAUMAN
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Jean Harlow at her hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJUDY GARLAND
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1939
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterGREER GARSON
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1942
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterSID GRAUMAN
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1940
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJean Harlow at her hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater
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Sept. 29. 1933
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Jean Harlow aat her hand & footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater
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JEAN HARLOW
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REX HARRISON
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REX HARRISON
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJean Harlow aat her hand & footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater
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1933
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterJEAN HARLOW
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1933
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterREX HARRISON
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1946
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterREX HARRISON
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1946
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SUSAN HAYWARD
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Susan Hayward during here hand and foot print ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater
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SUSAN HAYWARD
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SUSAN HAYWARD
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterSUSAN HAYWARD
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1951
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterSusan Hayward during here hand and foot print ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater
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1951
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterSUSAN HAYWARD
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1951
Hand & Footprint Ceremonies/ Chinese TheaterSUSAN HAYWARD
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1951