Smiles in Front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater
No Private Tour of Hollywood is Complete without this Picture
Even on an overcast, colorless day there is plenty of color in Hollywood. Grauman’s Chinese Theater has been a rainbow of dazzling hues since it was opened in 1928. The grand movie palace that Sid Grauman built (along with the Egyptian Theater just a block down Hollywood Boulevard) remains not only an operating movie theater but one of the best theaters to see a movie anywhere. Especially a big noisy movie. That’s why Hollywood movie premieres are still hosted here. The big crowd of Hollywood insiders will watch the film on the giant IMAX screen with all the technical bells and whistles that makes every seat perfect for sight and sound. Throngs of spectators will gather in the forecourt along the red carpet paying respects to the great actors whose handprints mark the cement slabs and along the Hollywood Walk of Fame lining both sides of the street outside the theater. When our private tour of Los Angeles gets to Hollywood we walk around and explore Grauman’s and we always gather the guests for photographs commemorating their visit here. We will also walk to other nearby historic and popular sights like the El Capitan Theater, the Dolby Theatre and the Roosevelt Hotel. For some modern fun we will spend time looking around the Hollywood & Highland Center, as much a tribute to old Hollywood as it is an exciting outdoor shopping mall (with some fine restaurants and snackeries).