6925 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028-6103
Phone: (323) 464-8111
Here’s how to get a little closer to George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Marilyn Monroe.
C’mon, you know you want to do it. Staring down at Marilyn Monroe’s dainty handprints and the petite prints from her high-heel pumps, it’s almost impossible not to slide your fingers into that same spot the ultimate blond bombshell did where the icon pressed her hands in wet cement over a half-century ago. And over there, John Wayne’s size-10 cowboy boot prints beckon, and Johnny Depp’s boot prints too. These and the hand- and footprints left by over other 150 stars and celebrities make the Chinese Theatre an irresistible destination along Hollywood Boulevard. Wander the courtyard here to spy some surprises in the mix: prints from Whoopi Goldberg’s dreadlocks, the imprint of Bob Hope’s ski-jump nose, and the wheel prints of Star Wars robot cutie, R2D2.
The memorialized-in-sidewalk-cement tradition started when actress Norma Talmadge "accidentally" stepped in wet cement during the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's King of Kings. Today, the ornately embellished 1927 movie house created by Sid Grauman still hosts splashy premieres (and has regular screenings) and continues to add today’s stars’ imprints (two recent ones include Hugh Jackman and Robert Downey, Jr.) to its high-profile courtyard display. Tours inside the ornate movie palace are also available for a fee.