Sidney Patrick Grauman was an American showman who created one of Southern California’s most recognizable and visited landmarks, Grauman’s Chinese Theater. He was the son of David Grauman who died in 1921 in Los Angeles, California and Rosa Goldsmith. A failed prospector in the Klondike gold rush, he had owned movie theaters in Alaska and Northern California, including San Francisco, before building three noteworthy Los Angeles movie palaces: the Million Dollar Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre, and finally the Chinese Theatre, noted for its extravagant exterior design and its forecourt containing celebrity hand- and footprints. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is now one of the ten most visited places in Southern California. He died in Los Angeles on March 5, 1950.
Grauman was known far and wide among Hollywood’s leading stars and was considered to be a close friend to many, including Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. It was in Grauman’s office at the Million Dollar Theatre that Arbuckle called the San Francisco police to turn himself in.
Grauman received an honorary Academy Award in 1949 for raising the standard for film exhibition. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6379 Hollywood Blvd. He was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.