|One of Kobe's practice slabs|
Kobe Bryant is the first athlete to be honored outside of Grauman's Chinese Theatre and I wanted to see his concrete slab. Kobe's footprints and handprints are being housed inside the theatre so the only way to see them is to buy a ticket for the movie or take the tour. I opted for the tour, and since I was the only one who bought a ticket, I basically had a private tour guide.
Since I had individual attention, I was able to ask plenty of questions and move through the tour and my own pace. My tour guide was very knowledgeable and even gave me a coupon to lessen my ticket price. As we started the tour, we entered the theater and I could see the Chinese theme. **** Did you know there's an Egyptian theater also? I didn't.
Immediately I beelined to the front of the theatre for the Kobe Bryant slab of concrete. Did you know that the honoree practices on three slabs before given a chance to "work on" the larger slab that will go outside? I didn't. For Kobe's practice ones, he only did his hands. For the official one, he did both his hands and his feet.
|With a flash you can see the concrete on the red carpet|
|Kobe's official slab at Grauman's Chinese Theatre ~ hands and feet|
|Kobe Bryant's official slab and the 3 practice slabs on concrete|
I'm not going to tell you everything I learned on the tour, because frankly I don't remember it. I do think it's an interesting tour though, especially if you like movies. In college, I took "Introduction to Theater and Film", and it was interesting to learn more about some of the actors and films from that course in relation to Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
|Cameron Diaz sat in this seat|
|Rita Hayworth's hands look like chicken feet, they're so small!|
The tour also includes a trip upstairs to a more modern theater with more modern technology. Ever sat in a seat with D-Box technology? I did. It's very cool and now I wish more theatres had it. The seat moves to go along with the action on the screen!
Grauman's Chinese Theatre is easily accessible by Metro. I started my trip at the 7th Street Station and took the red line to Hollywood and Highland. It cost me $3 round trip and the ride is approximately 20 minutes one-way. I'm usually not one to take public transportation, but this trip was very easy and a great way to avoid LA traffic.
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