Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

If you love the nostalgia and glamour of Hollywood, a place to visit in southern California is Grauman’s Chinese Theater, one of the most famous and glamorous movie palaces in the USA. This theater is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved of the movie palaces from Hollywood's golden age (A golden age is a period of great prosperity). With its Chinese theme, imported and hand-crafted Chinese artifacts, and gold-and-red decor, the interior is opulant and grand.

For over 80 years, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre has been a legendary movie theater in Hollywood for lavish studio premieres. Crowds of fans gather at these events to see their favorite celebrities arrive and walk up the red carpet into the theater. Rich in movie tradition, with its cement handprints, footprints, and autographs of famous movie stars in the front courtyard, the Chinese Theater receives more than four million visitors from all over the world every year.

Searching for your favorite star's autograph, handprints, and footprints from among the 175 squares in the cement courtyard is great fun. Tourists can't resist comparing their shoe size to the stars' footprints.

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