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Never Let Go of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood
This will always be Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Even when it was Mann’s Chinese Theatre it was Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. And now that it’s TCL Chinese Theatre it’s still Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. We are professional tour guides who want our private Hollywood Tour guests to see this fun destination as the movie history haven it has always been. And who better to remind us of that history than Elvis himself, reincarnated in his larger Las Vegas form but still wowing the women who pass by.
This was such a fun and special private Hollywood tour with travel writer Brooke Saward recently visiting Los Angeles from Australia. We found this special exhibit in front of the Hollywood Red Line station (our subway system). On the left is Marilyn Monroe sculpted as she was photographed during her handprint ceremony in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater back on June 26, 1953 while her movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was entertaining audiences everywhere. Brooke is looking very Hollywood and worthy of her own handprint as she sits in for Jane Russell as we took the photograph, something we do for all our guests on all our tours. Professional tour guides and photographers — that’s us!
It can’t be Star Wars all the time for the characters in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. This time of year you would expect Santa Claus and an elf or two. This elf appears to have received an award or is about to present Santa with the award. Neither seems as jolly as our private luxury tour guests who were visiting this Hollywood sightseeing destination with their guide, Paul, who captured this very candid photograph of the characters inhabiting the theater forecourt. There is always more to be seen than a movie at this grand theater — there is history and spectacle and a good amount of Hollywood oddity. Just last week Hugh Jackman received his Walk of Fame star just a few steps away from these fellows and next week Helen Mirren will receive her Walk of Fame honor. Sometimes we can show our guests what we know is going to happen and sometimes it is going to be surprise for all of us.
Sometimes we cannot show our private luxury tour guests visiting Hollywood the Chinese Theater courtyard with its celebrity hand and footprints because a studio has rented the facility for a big movie premiere. This day it was for Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter in Tim Burton’s feature, DARK SHADOWS.