Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tourism

Chines TheaterAccording to the website, tclchinesetheatres.com, the former Grauman’s Chinese Theater receives more than four million visitors each year. TCL is the China-based company that bought naming rights for the theater over six years ago. This is not the first name-change for Grauman’s. Also once known as Mann’s Chinese Theater from 1973 to 2013, it was built in 1926 by Sidney Patrick Grauman.

Sid Grauman also built the famous Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The Egyptian  cost $800,000 to build and took 18 months to construct. Architects Meyer & Holler designed the building, and it was built by The Milwaukee Building Company. The Egyptian was the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere, Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks, on Wednesday, October 18, 1922.

Both structures represent the dawn of tourism as a major industry for Hollywood, an unincorporated village of Los Angeles, California. According to the tourism website DiscoverLosAngeles.com, over fifty million visitors came to L.A. in 2018, a record number that represents an increase of one and half million individuals (or a 3.1 percent increase.) The number fifty million was a goal set by L.A.’s mayor Garcetti that was met two years earlier than hoped.

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Published by Russell Smith

I was born at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. I find inspiration in the lives of so many people from Joan of Arc to Oscar Wilde. While my primary avocation is photography, I also enjoy philosophy, theology and most of all, history. My beloved wife, Robin Anne Smith, who passed away in 2013 is an inspiration to me. My beloved partner, Dana is also a great support and inspiration to me. I'd be remiss if I did not mention my cats: Maxwell, Nigel, Pirouette and GarGar.

4 thoughts on “Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tourism

    1. Thank you. I lived in Hollywood for over thirteen years. Over the last ten, I became a fairly well-known street photographer. One could hardly ask for a better venue to practice the trade. Cheers!

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