[Grauman's Chinese Theatre]

"Souvenir from Hollywood of Grauman's Chinese Theatre: The World's Most Famous Theatre" - Souvenir Brochure

Souvenir brochure from the iconic Hollywood theatre that has been a favorite location for Hollywood premieres since opening in 1927.  The booklet, published ca. 1965, contains photographs and articles about famous premieres, the foot- and handprints in the courtyard, the interior decorating, and more.  32 pp.  Light wear to cover, else in very fine condition.  8.5 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm.).

"The grand opening of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on May 18, 1927, was the most spectacular theatre opening in motion picture history. Thousands of people lined Hollywood Boulevard and a riot broke out as fans tried to catch a glimpse of the movie stars and other celebrities as they arrived for the opening...Authorization had to be obtained from the U.S. government to import temple bells, pagodas, stone Heaven Dogs and other artifacts from China. Poet and film director Moon Quon came from China, and under his supervision Chinese artisans created many pieces of statuary in the work area that eventually became the Forecourt of the Stars. Most of these pieces still decorate the ornate interior of the theatre today...Chinese Theatres was declared a historic-cultural landmark in 1968, and there has always been a restoration program in process to maintain the theatre’s beauty. Following the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake, geological experts were brought in to inspect the theatre and advise the owners with regard to protecting and strengthening the entire structure."  In 2013, the Chinese Theatre announced a 10-year naming rights partnership with Chinese company TCL.  (www.tclchinesetheatres.com)

From the library of Paul McMahon, a critic, photographer and artist who worked for more than 13 years touring with Marlene Dietrich as the icon’s stage manager, announcer, dresser, secretary and escort, and later spent 25 years as an arts and entertainment reviewer and photographer with Gay Community News, Esplanade, Tommy’s Connection, The Mirror, Bay Windows and other publications. (20385)