“Good evening ladies and gentlemen, we are now in the famous forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood California, where the Metro Goldwyn Mayer production Grand Hotel is having its world premier this evening. The outstanding cast of the motion picture industry has been lavished on this production. Any attempt to describe the setting here tonight would necessarily only give a very limited idea. Grauman’s Chinese Theater this evening is a mecca for the elite of Hollywood. There are celebrities attending this premier from all over the country. Hollywood Boulevard is ablaze with light, thousands of people jam the sidewalks and the street in front of the theater, and here in the forecourt. Batteries of cameras are banked on all sides of us, microphones are suspended from overhead. A great array of stars featured in this picture, bringing its screen colony out in full force this evening. We promise to introduce all the celebrities of the town. You probably know, from the advance pictures and publicity, that have been sent out, the action of the picture Grand Hotel centers around the great circular desk in the lobby. That same desk has been erected here this evening, and as the stars arrive they will be asked to sign the hotel register. Naturally it would be outside the province of anyone not connected with the film industry to attempt the introduction of screenland’s famous personages. I will now turn the microphone over to our master of ceremonies, one of the outstanding actors of the screen, and a man of whom the screen industry is justly proud, Mr. Conrad Nagel…”
April 29, 1932.
Grand Hotel opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCltUu7Dezg