My original plan for my trip had me in LA for a couple days before heading home for my birthday, but my schedule changed at work a couple times and I found myself having to cancel and re-book everything. I didn’t want to give up a quick visit to LA so I decided I’d be there for 48 hours, half of which would be my arrival night and departure morning. My friend picked me up and gave me her transit pass to use to get around. It was slow going, but I managed, the buses came quicker than they do in my rural town in Korea so I wasn’t too annoyed, more nervous that I was in the wrong spot or going the wrong way since my phone was only truly working with WiFi (which thankfully the buses have, though not always reliable but very useful in a pinch). I took the buses to the red line and hopped off near the Chinese Theater at Hollywood and Highland. I walked past a ton of little tourist kiosks and performers. My friend had warned me that if you take a picture of the performers and people dressed up they expect to be paid and since I was running on a budget I skipped all of it and headed straight to The Chinese Theater
The Chinese Theater is an actual working theater where you can go watch a movie, or sometimes even get a tour of depending on your time. The draw to it is that outside is where movie stars and casts of popular shows sign their names in the cement as well as their hands or feet to make prints. It’s really fun to walk around and look at them all and I found it a little more interesting then the walk of fame.
Visiting outside the theater is free. Inside however you either need to purchase a ticket for a film or a tour. Tours will be about $18 for adults, there are several VIP tour booths outside where you can purchase tickets or ask when the next tour is. It is however neat to just wander around looking at all the signatures on the ground. Many are written to a man named Sid which refers to Sid Grauman who created the theater in the late 1920’s and it’s other famous counterpart the Egyptian theater.