How Was "Grauman's Chinese Theatre" Named?
Grauman's Chinese Theatre is a world famous movie theater located on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Built in 1927 by a partnership headed by Sid Grauman, the Chinese was intended to be the world's greatest theatre. It has since become one of Southern California's most recognizable and visited landmarks and is steeped in Hollywood history, having been home to numerous premiers and two Academy Awards ceremonies. Among the theatre's most famous traits are the autographed cement blocks that reside in the forecourt, which bear the signatures and markings of many of Hollywood's most revered stars and starlets.
From 1973 through 2001, the theatre was labelled the Mann's Chinese Theater, owing to the theatre's purchase by the Mann Corporation in 1973. In the wake of Mann's bankruptcy, the theatre was sold in 2000 to a partnership comprised of Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures, who in 2002 re-named the theatre Grauman's Chinese.
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