“I used to go to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and try to fit my foot in a celebrity impression. It really meant to me that anything is possible … almost.” –MARILYN MONROE
The most famous movie palace in the world, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, just turned 85 years-old and to celebrate is hosting, along with Playboy magazine, a celluloid homage to its most popular star in its world famous forecourt, MARILYN MONROE, whose birthday is June 1.
Starting June 1 thru June 7, the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre & Playboy Present The Marilyn Monroe Film Festival will feature a different Monroe film classic each night, starting, on Fri., June 1, at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, with a big screen send up of “Some Like It Hot.”
Tickets for the Festival are $10 for opening night and $5 for all other nights. A Festival Package ticket is also planned with 10% of the proceeds going to Marilyn’s one-time home, Hollygrove orphanage in Hollywood. Buy tickets at the Grauman’s Chinese box office or log on to www.chinesetheatres.com.
The cover of the very first issue of Playboy in December, 1953, featured a buoyant Marilyn Monroe and a photo layout inside.
Monroe was a big fan of Grauman’s Chinese, once commenting, “I used to go to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and try to fit my foot in a celebrity impression. It really meant to me that anything is possible … almost.”
Monroe, who died 50 years ago this summer, placed her handprints and footprints in the Grauman’s Chinese forecourt in 1953 in association with the premiere of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”
On June 1, prior to the opening night film, there will be a Marilyn Look-Alike Contest. Register by 5PM on June 1 at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and win a chance to be one of the first 200 look-alikes to be admitted free on opening night.
On opening night, there will also be an after-party at nearby Hemingway’s Lounge in Hollywood.
Here is the line up of MARILYN MONROE movies (opening night film shown at 7:30PM at Grauman’s Chinese, all other screenings at Chinese 6-check website for showtimes):
►6/1 Some Like it Hot
►6/2 No Business Like Show Business
►6/3 How To Marry a Millionaire
►6/4 The Seven Year Itch
►6/5 Bus Stop
►6/6 The Misfits
►6/7 Gentlemen Prefer Blonds
Today, the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre forecourt is among the world’s most photographed tourist sites, annually attracting four million people, as many visitors as the Sistine Chapel at The Vatican.