The TRUE Story of Grauman's Chinese Theater
The Chinese Theater - circa 1927
Jean W. Klossner (Mr. Footprint) is the man who built
Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, then went on to perform the
footprint ceremonies from 1926-1957. Nobody "slipped" or "fell" into
cement ... there
was NO WET CEMENT AT THAT TIME!!, it was all carefully planned out by
Mr. Grauman and Mr. Klossner.
The real footprint (hand print) idea came from
family in the early 1800's. As three generations of Klossners (Jean,
William) completed work on the Notre Dame Cathedral, they "signed"
pressing their hands in the fresh cement. Jean Klossner brought this
with him from Europe and used it on all the buildings he completed with
Meyer-Holler Construction Co. in Los Angeles including:
The Egyptian Theater, The All-American
Theater, The Hollywood Masonic Lodge, Hollywood First Federal Savings
and many others.
When it was time to finish
Grauman's Chinese, Mr. Klossner pressed his hand in the fresh cement
of the theater's right-hand poster frame, where it remains today, some
years ago THIS YEAR!. When Sid Grauman saw him do this, the two
developed the idea to
the otherwise drab forecourt ... and the rest is history.
Jean William Klossner
Do you know where the duck prints are?
Chaplin's set of footprints ... can you find them?
Or how about Those of JWK
Joan of Arc's? ... Keep looking ...
how it was done ..
... The First Footprints ...
.. Footprints 1930-1935 ..
.. Footprints 1935-1940 ..
Footprints 1945-1950 ..
.. Footprints 1950-1955 ..
.. Footprints 1955-1960 ..
After Mr. Klossner passed away in 1965, (age 91) the
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce jumped at the chance to
"BORROW" the idea for FREE and have used it for their "Walk of Fame" in
spite of the fact that it is still covered under world copyrights. ***
Even though the C of C has benefitted for years from an
idea which they took from us, they refuse to give credit where credit
is due - to the man who started it all Jean W. Klossner