This year marks big anniversaries for both of Sid Grauman’s iconic Hollywood theatres. The Egyptian Theatre situated next to the Pig & Whistle restaurant will be celebrating 90 years in the movie business in October. Originally set to look like a Spanish hacienda, Mr. Grauman changed up the plans when King Tut’s tomb was discovered so he could capitalize on all the Egyptian excitement.
Five years after opening the Egyptian, Mr. Grauman debuted the beautiful Chinese Theatre. The first three hand and footprints were set in wet cement to flashing cameras just before the theatre’s grand opening. Now there are about 200 movie stars who have been immortalized in the cement courtyard. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is offering special movie nights the remainder of the year with pricing reminiscent of the time: 25cents. You can catch Spartacus Tuesday June 12 with a special visit by the movie’s leading man Kirk Douglas as he rededicates his hand and footprints in the courtyard.