Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Visit to the Chinese Theatre

Yesterday I posted a photo taken at the Chinese Theatre when we visited Hollywood Boulevard to spend an evening at the Noir City Film Festival.

I thought readers who haven't had the opportunity to visit the Chinese Theatre might enjoy taking a look at a few more of the handprints and footprints in the courtyard. Click to enlarge any of the photos.

William Powell and Myrna Loy are side by side, dated October 20, 1936:

Nelson Eddy and James Mason are just above Powell and Loy, and Jeanette MacDonald is to Powell's left.

Cary Grant, from July 16, 1951:

Jeanne Crain, October 17, 1949:

And here's Doris Day, January 19, 1961:

James Stewart was honored on "Fri. 13 Feb. 1948." It's fun to note he wanted to memorialize it was Friday the 13th, and he signed his name with the less formal Jimmy.

Edward G. Robinson didn't date his, which was done on July 24, 1942:

Alice Faye, from March 1938:

Betty Grable in 1943, complete with leg print:

Jean Simmons, which dates from 1953, is a bit worse for the wear:

It's amazing how well most of the handprints and footprints have held up over the decades, considering they're walked on by thousands of people each week!

Roy Rogers and Trigger, April 21, 1949:

Fredric March, April 21, 1937:

There are many, many more legendary names in the forecourt of the Chinese Theatre; the above is just a quick sampling.

A complete list of stars honored can be read here. I need to look for Tyrone Power and Loretta Young on my next visit!


Blogger Tom said...

Oh I love these. So nice that they started this tradition so many years ago. They must run out of space at some point(?) Sad to see Jean Simmon's space so cracked.

11:30 AM  
Blogger A said...

Very Cool! I've never been there so I really appreciate it

12:50 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

I really want to go back and retour the whole thing! There are so many stars that I know more about now than I did a few years ago. Thank you for sharing these! So cool!

5:11 PM  

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