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Grauman's Chinese Theater Will Celebrate 85th Birthday By Telling Young'Uns Its History

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It's Grauman's Chines Theater's 85th anniversary, and like any good octogenarian, all it wants to do is tell you its life story. To that end, theater officials are offering up tours of the building this weekend for $20 a pop.

According to a statement released today by the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, tours will go from 8:30 a.m. till noon this Saturday and Sunday, and will include views of:

...backstage, under stage, up to Grauman’s office and private boxes, down the stars’ stairway and upstairs at Hollywood and Highland to the new Grauman’s Ballroom bar and restaurant, the renovated Chinese 6 Theatres and its Grauman’s Gallery...

All the while, a tour guide will explain to you how the theater used to walk uphill both ways in the snow to school (it snowed in Los Angeles back in the day, young fellow), and towards the end, theater historian Ed Kelsey will present a PowerPoint history of Grauman's (that's actually true).

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Anyway, film buffs, ready your notepads -- this old man's got a lot to tell.

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