One of the most famous landmarks on the boulevard, known world-wide. Originally built in 1927 by the architectural firm of Meyer and Holler. Known until recently as Grauman's Chinese Theater. Legend has it, that during the construction, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were touring the site when they slipped in some wet cement. Grauman, the theater owner and showman extraordinaire, immediately recognized the publicity value of the accident, and the Hollywood tradition of celebrities' handprints on the forecourt was established.
Seen from the air, the theater is just a large barn, but the facade carries the Chinese theme to fantasticality. The Chinese temple exterior includes a monumental entranceway guarded by two large, white marble dogs, said to ward of evil spirits. The interior is equally outrageous, with designs taken from Chinese Chippendale furniture from 19th-Century England.
Along with the footprints in the forecourt some celebrities have included other body parts such as: Betty Grable's famous leg, Bob Hope's nose, John Barrymore's profile, Al Jolson's knee, George Burn's cigar, Sonja Henie's skates, John Wayne's fist, Jimmy Durante's nose, Roy Roger's horse Trigger's prints, and Donald Duck's webbed feet, and of course the unique prints of Darth Vader, R2D2, and C3PO of Star Wars fame.