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Chinese Theatre marks 90 years as Hollywood glamour hotspot

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/18/2017 By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer
FILE - This 1952 file photo shows an aerial view of Grauman's Chinese Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The storied Hollywood Boulevard movie palace now known as the TCL Chinese Theatre opened its doors on May 18, 1927. (AP Photo, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This 1952 file photo shows an aerial view of Grauman's Chinese Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The storied Hollywood Boulevard movie palace now known as the TCL Chinese Theatre opened its doors on May 18, 1927. (AP Photo, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the most stalwart and glamorous stars of Hollywood's golden age is celebrating a milestone birthday.

In this May 15, 2017 photo, tourists gather in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Older than the Academy Awards and still an industry standout, Hollywood's storied Chinese Theatre turns 90 this week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) © The Associated Press In this May 15, 2017 photo, tourists gather in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Older than the Academy Awards and still an industry standout, Hollywood's storied Chinese Theatre turns 90 this week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Grauman's Chinese Theatre is turning 90.

This May 9, 2017 photo shows the ornate interior of the TCL Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The storied Hollywood Boulevard movie palace, originally named Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, opened its doors on May 18, 1927. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) © The Associated Press This May 9, 2017 photo shows the ornate interior of the TCL Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The storied Hollywood Boulevard movie palace, originally named Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, opened its doors on May 18, 1927. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The storied Hollywood Boulevard movie palace now known as the TCL Chinese Theatre opened its doors on May 18, 1927 — two years before the first Academy Awards were presented.

This May 9, 2017 photo shows the dragon carpet in the lobby of the TCL Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The storied Hollywood Boulevard movie palace, originally named Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, opened its doors on May 18, 1927. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) © The Associated Press This May 9, 2017 photo shows the dragon carpet in the lobby of the TCL Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The storied Hollywood Boulevard movie palace, originally named Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, opened its doors on May 18, 1927. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The historic theater still regularly hosts Hollywood premieres and shows first-run features. But ticket prices have gone up. It cost 75 cents to see a movie in 1927. Today, an IMAX 3-D showing will set you back $22.75.

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2007 file photo, actor Will Smith, star of "I Am Legend," places his hands in cement during a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The storied Hollywood Boulevard movie palace opened its doors on May 18, 1927. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2007 file photo, actor Will Smith, star of "I Am Legend," places his hands in cement during a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. The storied Hollywood Boulevard movie palace opened its doors on May 18, 1927. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) FILE - In this June 23, 1967 file photo, actor Sidney Poitier, star of "To Sir With Love," inscribes his signature in wet cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. The storied Hollywood Boulevard movie palace opened its doors on May 18, 1927. (AP Photo/SS, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 23, 1967 file photo, actor Sidney Poitier, star of "To Sir With Love," inscribes his signature in wet cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. The storied Hollywood Boulevard movie palace opened its doors on May 18, 1927. (AP Photo/SS, File)
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