Grauman’s Chinese Theater


Carol Highsmith

Carol Highsmith

If you’ve ever seen movies set in Hollywood or know anything about Tinseltown’s popular attractions, chances are you will recognize Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for its iconic red Chinese pagoda facade. This major tourist destination is still the most famous theatre in the world and has hosted more movie premieres than any other in its 70 year history. Whether you want to catch a movie or simply experience the magic of the place, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is a can’t-miss attraction in Hollywood.

Enter through the forecourt and walk across the footprints, handprints, and names of your favorite stars. Slip past the stone lion-dogs guarding the entrance and find your way into the main lobby where three wax figures from the Hollywood Wax Museum rest behind glass cases. Explore the Asian statuettes, gongs, urns, shields, icons and other decor spread throughout the theatre. If you decide to see a movie, enter the large auditorium like a star walking on the red carpeting. When you sit in your plush red seat, look up to see a brilliant starburst surrounded by dragons and other Asian cultural icons.

This beautifully preserved historical landmark theater is required viewing when in Los Angeles. The theatre now offers twenty minute walking tours highlighting the theatre’s history with behind-the-scenes information. Tours include a look at the unique costume collection which includes Marilyn Monroe’s gold dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and more. You are also allowed to take pictures of the theatre’s interior on the tour while general visitors are not permitted.

If your group enjoys movies or pop culture, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is the perfect destination to get both history and entertainment. See a new movie in the state of the art auditorium, learn about the history of the business, and literally walk in the footsteps of your favorite movie stars.