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Entrance, Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Photographers Photo Collection
Morris, Ralph
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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This collection includes approximately 40,000 photographs by commercial photographer Ralph Morris, who worked in the Los Angeles area from 1939-1981. His advertising and industrial clients included department stores, restaurants, the automobile and petroleum industries as well as business executives. Also included is the Luckhaus Studio collection of architecture, fashion, the movie industry, sports and street scenes, images which Morris obtained in 1939.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre opened in May 18, 1927, after a construction period of 18 months. The principal architect of the theater was Raymond M. Kennedy of the firm Meyer and Holler. Built to resemble a giant, red Chinese pagoda, the architecture features a huge Chinese dragon across the front, two stone lion-dogs guarding the main entrance, and the silhouettes of tiny dragons up and down the sides of the copper roof. Among the theater's most distinctive features are the concrete blocks set in the courtyard that bear the signatures, footprints, and handprints of popular motion picture personalities from the 1920s to the present day. In 1968 Grauman's Chinese Theatre was declared a historic and cultural landmark; it continues to serve the public as a first-run movie theater.
View of one of the entrances to the Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Ralph Morris Collection; Los Angeles Photographers Collection
S-001-229.1 8x10
Chinese Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Motion picture theaters--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Architecture--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)--Chinese influences
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Grauman, Sid,1879-1950
Kennedy, Raymond M
Meyer & Holler

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