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Cinemascope, Grauman's Chinese Theater
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
[ca. 1953]
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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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.
Cinemascope presents "Beneath the 12-mile reef" at the Grauman's Chinese Theater around Christmastime.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Hollywood-Theaters-Grauman's Chinese.; A-008-565 4x5
Chinese Theatre (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Beneath the 12-mile reef (Motion picture)
Motion picture theaters--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Marquees--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Streets--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Street-railroad tracks--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)
Architecture--California--Hollywood (Los Angeles)--Chinese influences
Christmas decorations--California--Los Angeles
Kennedy, Raymond M
Hollywood Boulevard (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Meyer & Holler

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