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Hi everyone!

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Day 3 of our holiday began with another trip to Hollywood. This time we took a tour of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, which is a movie theatre used for lots of premieres and events. Ryan Gosling and Matt Bomer were actually there just a couple of days after for the premiere of The Nice Guy. The theatre can be seen in lots of movies and tv shows, including Singing in the Rain (which I have still yet to see!).

Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles
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In the lobby of the theatre, the walls are hand-painted. For this reason, the lighting is dim so the paintings won’t be affected. The lobby also contains outfits worn by movie stars. Some of the outfits they had included Judy Garland’s famous Dorothy outfit from The Wizard of Oz and Marilyn Monroe’s dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Many items in the theatre were even brought over from China.
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Dorothy's Costume, Wizard of Oz
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The tour continued into the IMAX theatre, which is the world’s largest. Captain America was screening at the time so we just walked through quietly to catch a glimpse of the huge auditorium! We were then led down to the female restrooms, which have a large room for stars, such as Marilyn Monroe, to get ready before their premieres. Fun fact #1: There was a tunnel from this room going under Hollywood Blvd. to the Roosevelt Hotel so these movie stars could avoid the fans.
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We then went out to take a look at the handprints in the pavement outside the theatre (you don’t have to do the tour to see these!). Celebrities from Michael Jackson to Shirley Temple have their handprints here. Marilyn Monroe actually wanted to dot her ‘i’ with a diamond but this was not allowed so they compromised with a rhinestone, which ended up being stolen soon after the ceremony! Fun fact #2: The stars actually get a slab of cement to practice their signatures in before the ceremony.
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George Clooney's handprints outside the Chinese Theatre Michael Jackson's handprints outside the Chinese Theatre

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The tour ended in another part of the theatre where they have pictures from many of the ceremonies. The tour itself lasted about 30 minutes. We got tickets for about $15 dollars per person. If you’re really into movies, you’ll probably enjoy this tour but I hadn’t seen many of the movies they talked about! This is also where some of the practice slabs are on display! Below is a pic of me with Jennifer Aniston’s!
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Jennifer Aniston's Handprints

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After this, we did a Starlines Tour. This tour brought us up through the Hollywood Hills, to Beverly Hills, and down Sunset Blvd. It lasted two hours and to be honest I thought it really dragged. We did see some gorgeous houses but they pass you in the blink of an eye and for many of them, you can only see their front gate! It didn’t help that the van was open and it was freezing cold. We literally had to go and get hot drinks afterwards to warm us up! These were the only photos I took!
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View of Hollywood Hollywood Hills

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Because the Starlines Tour was a little disappointing, we decided to do our own little tour of Beverly Hills! We got some pictures with the Beverly Hills sign, because have you really been to BH if you haven’t done this!?
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Sarah and I in Beverly Hills Selfie with the BH Sign!

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We then went to Rodeo Drive, which I fell so in love with. I could walk up and down that street all day and never get bored! It is so beautiful. Sarah and I had fun trying to guess which celebrity each person shopping there was!
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Thanks for reading!
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Ali x

2 Comments

  1. Susan Joy Clark
    June 20, 2016

    Great photos. You really should see "Singing in the Rain." It's a wonderful movie.

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  2. Ali Bourke
    August 1, 2016

    Thank you. Yes, it is definitely on my list haha!

    Reply

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