The artwork which began in 1928 by Chinese-born American actor Keye Luke remains decorating the ornate ceiling inside the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, as seen on May 15, 2017, ahead of the 90th anniversary of one of Hollywood’s most iconic landmarks, famous for the Hand and Foot prints of movie stars and directors, whose opening on May 18, 1927 was one of the most spectacular in motion picture history when Sid Grauman, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Howard Schenck opened Grauman’s Chinese Theater. In 2013 more than $5 million was paid by Chinese TV maker TCL for naming rights of the Hollywood landmark, which remains one of the most popular theaters in Hollywood for studio premieres. FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP.
by Frankie Taggart
Shirley Temple did it barefoot. Mel Brooks wore an extra finger. Whoopi Goldberg buried her dreadlocks. Steve McQueen and actress wife Ali MacGraw did it facing the wrong way.
An old aphorism says that to visit Los Angeles and not see the iconic hand and foot prints of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the imposing courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theatre is like going to the Middle Kingdom and not walking The Great Wall.
On Thursday, the world’s most famous picture house celebrates 90 years at the epicenter of the movie business, the venue of many of Tinseltown’s most glamorous showbiz moments through 16 presidents, a world war and three huge earthquakes.
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