TCL Chinese Theatre: See Photos From Nine Decades of Movie History in the Heart of Hollywood

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, one of the most famous movie theaters in the world, opened to the public in the heart of Hollywood on May 19, 1927. Over the next 90-plus years, many memorable milestones were celebrated at the grand venue.

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The opening of "Star Wars" was, as you might imagine, quite the huge deal back at Mann's Chinese Theatre in May 1977, the 50th anniversary year for the cinema.
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The opening of "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope" was, as you might imagine, quite the huge deal back at Mann's Chinese Theatre in May 1977, the 50th anniversary year for the cinema.
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The "Star Wars" love connection with the TCL Chinese Theatre is a deep and lasting one, with modern-era fans making the venue a centerpoint in their pre-release activities and fun.
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It's Judy! "I Could Go on Singing" played at the Hollywood Boulevard screen in 1963.
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Do you suppose the famous nanny used her magical umbrella to fly, then alight upon, the theater's striking upper facade when "Mary Poppins" opened?
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Those forecourt footprints? And hand prints, too? They're beyond iconic. Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks once stepped into the wet cement, with impresario Sid Grauman overseeing the ceremonial moment.
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The theater as it looked in 1957.
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Even 007 found his way to the ornate building.
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The firm of Meyer and Holler built the theater, which became an IMAX a few years back. It's also the world's only IMAX screen with a curtain.
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So many major movies, like 1997's "Titanic," have been connected with this treasure of a building.
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