New Grauman’s Owners Busy Cementing Their Own Sidewalk Tradition

Purists will no doubt assail the new owners of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for allowing three guys in Chipmunk costumes and French DJ David Guetta to joint the handprint and footprint parade this year. But get used to it.

Although co-owner Donald Kushner is upfront in an an LA Times article by Amy Kaufman about the fact that the Alvin and another, similar Smurfs ceremony in 2011 was “mock,” with the cartoon star slabs slated to be housed in a secondary location, he and partner Elie Samaha are looking to add many more people to the cement:

Kushner revealed that Grauman’s is in preliminary talks with boxer Muhammad Ali and is also speaking with the family of Michael Jackson about a square that could use the imprints of a shoe and glove the pop star donned in some of his music videos.

Jackson’s Walk of Fame Star, which is right in front of the Grauman’s courtyard, routinely attracts the biggest tourist crowds. All told, the new owners have hosted 11 induction ceremonies this year, two more than the previous record of nine in 1927. An anonymous source quotes the current price of a cement ceremony at $45,000 ($25,000 for cement and labor, and another $20,000 for the day’s event overhead).

To read Kaufman’s article, click here.

[Photo: Gerry Boughan/]

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