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Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Sid Grauman began construction on his sumptuous Chinese Theatre (at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard) in January 1927. One day shortly thereafter, Norma Talmadge accidentally walked across a wet slab of cement... and inadvertently inspired the tradition for which the theater is famous: Hundreds of celebrity handprints and footprints (and "otherprints") now endow the concrete forecourt and Grauman's Chinese Theatre (which opened in May 1927) remains among the most popular tourist attractions in Southern California.

[Grauman was born on St. Patrick's Day -- and promtply christened Sidney Patrick Grauman.]

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