Famous Hand and Foot Prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Grauman’s Chinese Theater (now called TLC Chinese Theater) is an icon in Hollywood. It is home to the courtyard where the stars are invited to leave hand and/or foot prints. It’s where they are immortalized forever.  A tradition that has been going on since the 1920s,  it is a huge honor to be invited to leave a print. Now a days the ceremonies are an event in their own right. None were going on when we were there. However, we had plenty of time to walk around and compare our hands and feet to the stars.

I will admit, Grauman’s Chinese Theater is one of those completely touristy places, yet I just had to visit. Located on Hollywood Blvd, it’s an area filled with tourists, a camera in every hand. If Grauman’s Chinese Theater isn’t enough, just outside is the Sidewalk of the Stars.

And, there is more. Just outside the theater, along Hollywood Blvd is the  sidewalk of the stars, another opportunity to look for some of our favorite names.

hollywood stars

Sometimes, my family makes a bit of fun of me for being so star struck, but I will be the first to admit, I had a great day.

Hand and Foot Prints of the cast of Harry Potter at Grauman's Chinese Theater

The day the cast of Harry Potter arrived to do their prints must have been a mob scene. I can’t even imagine the crowds. Here is our Harry Potter fan along side the cast hand and foot prints.

Hand and Foot Prints at Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Shirley Temple’s hand and foot prints from 1935

Hand and Foot Prints

Jane Wither’s hand and foot prints (we loved her picture of herself)

Hand and Foot Prints

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s prints – to no surprise he has bigger hands than hubby.

A message from the mayor at Grauman's Chinese Theatre

A message from the mayor

Julie Andrew's Hand and High Heels Print at Grauman's Chinese Theater

Julie Andrew’s Hand and High Heels Print. (I’ll bet this ruined her shoes.)

All photos on this page © Rhonda Albom 2013

Still want more glitz and glamour, located right next is Madame Tussauds Hollywood.

Practical and Interesting Information:

  • It hasn’t officially been called Grauman’s Chinese Theater since 1973, although it has changed names a few times since that time.
  • Many of the older hand and foot prints include personal notes to Sid Grauman.
  • The first handprints were of Norma Talmadge on opening day May 18, 1927.
  • TLC Chinese Theatres are now an IMAX multiscreen.
  • If you are star struck like me, you might enjoy these Hollywood Stories.

Have you been to Grauman’s Chinese Theater? Which hand and footprints will you look for first?

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    • Rhonda Albom says

      The concrete prints are in the entrance area to Grauman’s Chinese Theater, while the stars are out on the sidewalk.

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