Landmark Dims Lights for Leonard Nimoy

It's the ninth time the TCL Chinese Theatre has lowered its lights for a performer.

Any "Star Trek" devotee will tell you that numbers and facts and statistics are a pretty big part of one of the most famous fandoms on earth.

How many times, for instance, does Captain Kirk call Dr. McCoy "Bones" during the series? How many times was "Beam me up, Scotty" said? How many times was the Vulcan nerve pinch employed to best an adversary? And how many handprints from the original cast members are in the cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre?

Answer: Seven, the largest number of handprints within one group. Many a fan of the beloved sci-fi series will visit those handprints on the evening of Friday, Feb. 27, when the landmark Hollywood movie palace dims its forecourt lights in honor of Leonard Nimoy, who passed away on Feb. 27 at the age of 83.

It's the ninth time in its long history that the venue, which opened in 1927, will give such an honor. The time? The dimming occurs at 7 p.m.

The last time the TCL Chinese Theatre gave this specific and rare honor was in August, when it paid tribute to actor Robin Williams.

Beyond Mr. Nimoy's handprints, fans will certainly know the long legacy of "Star Trek" and the Hollywood Boulevard landmark. Five "Star Trek" films had their premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre "in addition to the JJ Abrams' reboot in 2009."

Mr. Nimoy served as an executive producer on that film. 

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The actor also lived in the neighborhood, as a young man, and once told TCL Chinese Theatre historian Levi Tinker that he never dared to dream he'd "be immortalized" at the landmark.

Want to gather at 7 p.m. Friday? All fans are welcome — be sure to don your Starfleet uniform, if you have one.

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