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HOLLYWOOD – the most magical name in the world is a great place to visit. Rich in history and legend, there are numerous sites that must be seen by visitors. The following attractions should definitely be on any itinerary:
- Autry Museum of Western Heritage
- Capitol Records
- Charlie Chaplin Studios/Jim Henson Productions
- El Capitan Theatre & Entertainment Centre
- Egyptian Theatre
- Original Farmers’ Market
- “Forever Hollywood” The Movie by American Cinematheque
- Fredericks of Hollywood
- Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
- Griffith Observatory
- Guinness World Records Museum
- Hollywood & Highland
- Hollywood Bowl Museum
Autry Museum of Western Heritage
Only at the Autry Museum do the many colorful stories of the American West come life. Discover the legacy of the Lakota and the Osage people, the amazing explorations by Spanish conquistadors, and experience the romantic portrayals of the West through art, film and television. Come to the Autry Museum, located just across from the Los Angeles Zoo where the 5 and 134 Freeways meet. Call (323) 667-2000 or visit www.autry-museum.org.
Located at 1750 North Vine Street, this landmark building is one of Hollywood’s most recognized icons. The light on its rooftop spire flashes “Hollywood” in Morse code. In the lobby you will find gold albums of its many artists displayed. John Lennon, Garth Brooks and other Capitol artists’ stars are on the sidewalk at the Building. For more information, check out their website, www.hollywoodandvine.com.
Charlie Chaplin Studios/Jim Henson Productions
Built in 1918 by Charlie Chaplin, it served as headquarters for A&M Records until it was recently purchased in 1999 by Jim Henson Productions. While not open to the public, the studios are located at 1416 N. La Brea in Hollywood.
CityPass is a great way to enjoy Hollywood. Pay one low price and get admission tickets to seven famous attractions! Includes admission tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood Entertainment Museum, Museum of Television & Radio, Petersen Automotive Museum, Autry Museum of Western Heritage and a two-hour Hollywood Stars’ Homes Tour. Adults $59 (a $108 value!) Youth ages 3-11 $39 (a $75 value!) CityPass is good for 30 days from first use. For more information go to www.citypass.com.
El Capitan Theatre & Entertainment Centre
Step into Hollywood’s glittering past at the legendary El Capitan Theatre and adjacent 35,000 square foot, seven-room entertainment centre. Conveniently located in the heart of Hollywood, the El Capitan was built in 1926 as a legitimate theatre. Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” opened here in 1941. This treasure was restored to its former glory thanks to Disney and Pacific Theatres and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside the Theatre, visitors will experience a restored Wurlitzer Pipe Organ. The theater offers 1,000 seats, a Dolby SR-D, SDDS and DTS digital capable sound system and a 22′ x 45′ motion picture screen. The adjoining Entertainment Center can accommodate 1,600 guests. Both buildings are ideal for premieres, screenings, product launches, corporate meetings and entertaining. There is also a Disney store on the property at street level. The El Capitan is located at 6838 Hollywood Blvd. For booking information, please call Hollie Hopson at (818) 295-4259, and for general information, call (323) 468-8262. www.elcapitantickets.com
Original Farmers Market
Located at 3rd and Fairfax St., the Original Farmers Market is a historic landmark. It has been a Los Angeles tradition and a world famous tourist attraction for more than 60 years. Hours are 9 am to 9 pm. For more information, call (323) 933-9211, or visit www.farmersmarketla.com.
“Forever Hollywood” The Movie by American Cinematheque
If you are looking to discover or rediscover the unique story of Hollywood and its famous movie industry, this new hour-long movie produced by the American Cinematheque and playing at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre is a must see. Sit back and relax as you learn about the Hollywood community; from the early silent pictures to the glittering nightlife to the great studio era. Twenty-three celebrated interviewees, such as Steven Spielberg, Kevin Spacey, and Salma Hayek tell about breaking into “the business” and “making it” in the glamorous and competitive movie industry. With shots from more than 75 feature films and set to the theme music of The Bad and the Beautiful, this is an excellent glimpse into Hollywood’s past, right on Hollywood Boulevard. Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre is located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd, between Las Palmas and McCadden Place. Show times are Tuesday through Sunday at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for Students/Seniors/Children under 12. For more screening information, call (323) 466.-
Fredericks of Hollywood
Located at 6608 Hollywood Blvd, Fredericks of Hollywood is a world famous lingerie shop and museum. Check out their exhibition of “unmentionables” from some of Hollywood’s most (in)famous. The Celebrity Lingerie Hall of Fame salutes stars of stage, screen and TV who “glamorized” lingerie. The shop and museum are open daily and admission is free. For more information, please call (323) 466-8506.
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, this Hollywood Icon stands at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard. It was built in 1927 by Sid Grauman and hosted many star-studded movie premiers and events in Hollywood’s early days. Today it still draws the stars with its famous footprint ceremonies, a tradition that started with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in 1927 and today, movie stars are still immortalizing themselves in the forecourt of the theater.
Located high atop the Hollywood Hills, the Griffith Observatory is another of LA’s landmarks. The Griffith features an impressive Planetarium. Presentations change periodically and there is a permanent exhibition in the main hall. Laserium shows of sound and light are also a feature. Look for this landmark in the final scene of the film “Rebel Without A Cause.” The Griffith is located at 2800 E. Observatory Road atop Griffith Park and is open Tues-Fri, 2 pm to 10 pm, Sat-Sun 12:30 pm to 10 pm, closed Monday. The Observatory is currently closed for renovation. For more information, please call (323) 664-1191 or check out www.griffithobs.org.
Guinness World Records Museum
Hollywood Guinness World Records Museum, 6764 Hollywood Blvd., brings to life the record-breaking facts and feats documented by the best selling copyrighted book in the world. The Museum showcases great achievements in entertainment and sports, plus historic human endeavors. Hands-on exhibits also feature world-record technology, space adventures, animal acts and natural phenomena. Plus, visitors can feel a rush of record-breaking proportions in the new 26-seat simulator—the Adrenaline Theater. In the record books itself, the Museum is a National Register Landmark. It was one of the first movie theaters in Tinseltown and still has its original neon marquee. Open 10:00 a.m. – Midnight, 365 days/year. Admission $10.95; over 64, $8.50; ages 6-12, $6.95. Combination ticket with Hollywood Wax Museum $15.95; over 64, $13.95, ages 6-12, $8.95. AX, MC, VI. Phone (323) 463-6433.
Hollywood & Highland
Located at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard & Highland Avenue, in the heart of Hollywood, you can’t miss this enormous venue. This is the signature project for Hollywood’s revitalization and it has received worldwide attention. It features a 640-room, 4-star Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, world class retail shops and restaurants, a multi-plex cinema, and the live broadcast performing arts center that is the future permanent home of the Academy Awards. Shops and tenants include Banana Republic, Cafe Med, Celine, Coach, DFS Gallera, Louis Vuitton, MAC Cosmetics, Origin’s, Sephora, Tommy Hilfiger, and Victoria’s Secret.
Hollywood Bowl & Bowl Museum
Located at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl, this museum features artifacts on the Hollywood Bowl, from photos to programs. Also at the museum is the “Come Make Noise Exhibit.” Free admission and parking. Open Tues-Sat, 10 am to 4:30 or 8:30 pm on performance nights. For more information, please call (323) 850-2058 or visit www.hollywoodbowl.org.
Hollywood Entertainment Museum
Hollywood Entertainment Museum celebrates Hollywood the place and the entertainment arts of film, television, radio, sound recording and new media. As you explore the 33,000-square-foot museum, you can view memorabilia, costumes, the Max Factor exhibit, a six-minute multi-screen video on the evolution of film and television in Hollywood and try your hand at putting sound effects to a video clip in the Foley Suite. There also is a tour of a studio backlot, culminating in a visit to original sets from Star Trek and Cheers. The Museum’s winter hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and it is closed Wednesdays. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7.50 for adults; $4.50 for seniors and students (with identification); $4 for youth, ages 5 to 12; and free to Museum members and children under the age of 5. For information about current exhibits, special events and upcoming programs, call the Museum at (323) 465-7900 or visit its web site at www.hollywoodmuseum.com.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Formerly named Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, this is the final resting place of many Hollywood luminaries. They are located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, (323) 469-1181, or look them up at www.forevernetwork.com.
This fall, Hollywood Forever’s Autumn Evening Concert Series will feature a special tribute concert by the Woody Herman Orchestra on October 20. For more information, visit www.forevernetwork.com/woodyherman.
Hollywood Heritage Museum
Also affectionately referred to as “The Barn,” the Hollywood Heritage Museum was the home of the first permanent major film company studio, which is now Paramount Pictures. Cecil B. DeMille, Hollywood movie mogul, rented half of this building, where he made the first feature length western motion picture “The Squaw Man,” in 1913. It was originally located at the corner of Selma and Vine streets. In 1982 it was transferred to its current location on North Highland Boulevard, across the street from the Hollywood Bowl. Visitors can peek into Cecil B. DeMille’s first office, where many of his personal effects remain. Also, check out the props and other movie memorabilia used in some of the early Hollywood epic films, as well as early Hollywood exhibits and displays. The museum is currently open on the weekends, from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, please call (323) 874-4005 or visit www.hollywoodheritage.org.
Hollywood High School
Famous alumnae of this high school include James Garner, John Ritter, Carol Burnett, and Brandy. The alumni museum honors graduates who achieved “the honorable,” with items donated by former students. Open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 4:30 pm, Hollywood High is located at 1521 N. Highland Avenue, (323) 461-3891.
This Web site has the largest photograph and reference collection on the subject of Hollywood. The online collection contains about 2,000 photographs, which date from 1880 to 1987. Viewers can choose from more than 50 categories, including restaurants, premieres, Walk of Fame ceremonies, theaters, and more. You can learn more and view the collection at www.hollywoodphotographs.com
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
This famous Hollywood landmark, located on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Orange (7000 Hollywood Boulevard), is another Hollywood landmark with a star-studded past. Among the original owners of this hotel were Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. The first Academy Awards were held in the hotel in the famous Blossom Room in 1929. The beautiful Spanish Colonial design, balconies, and handcrafted columns and ceilings are a must see when exploring Hollywood. For reservations or information, call them at (323) 466-7000 or visit them online at www.hollywoodroosevelt.com.
One of the most recognizable images in our country and around the world, this landmark sits high atop the hills above Hollywood. It was originally constructed to promote a housing development at the base of the hill called “Hollywoodland,” and that’s just what the sign read. It was declared a historical landmark in 1973, but since it was not built to last, it was in need of significant repair. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce spearheaded an effort to raise the money to fix the sign. Groups and individuals made pledges to have a letter of the sign repaired. Among those who have $27,000 per letter of the Hollywood Sign were Hugh Hefner, Alice Cooper, and Gene Autry. For information call (323) 469-8311.
Hollywood Wax Museum
Hollywood Wax Museum, 6767 Hollywood Blvd., features more than 180 stars set in memorable movie and TV scenes. Sound, lighting, and theatrical effects complement the human qualities of the wax figures, including past and present luminaries from Marilyn Monroe to Angelina Jolie and The Beatles to ‘N Sync. A combination of new technology and age-old artistic techniques are used to sculpt life-like figures, as well as replicate costumes, props, and famous sets. Look for Keanu Reeves in The Matrix Reloaded, Russell Crowe in Gladiator, Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the cast of Seinfeld and more. Plus, see the world-famous Chamber of Horrors with more than 40 ghastly figures. Open 10:00 a.m. – Midnight, 365 days/year. Admission $10.95; over 64, $8.50; ages 6-12, $6.95. Combination ticket with Hollywood Guinness World Records Museum $15.95; over 64, $13.95, ages 6-12, $8.95. AX, MC, VI. For more information call (323) 462-5991 or visit http://www.hollywoodwax.com.
Step behind the velvet rope and tour the most televised theatre in America and home of the Academy Awards ceremonies. Guided tours will offer a glimpse of the glamour and sophistication of Kodak Theatre and an insider’s view of behind-the-scenes production. Tours are available everyday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $15, seniors and kids under 12 are $10, kids under 3 are free. For group pricing and availability please call (323) 308-6379. Tickets may be purchased at the Kodak Theatre box office. Tours are approximately 30 minutes and depart every 15 minutes. For detailed tour availability visit www.kodaktheatre.com.
Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, Lake Hollywood is an oasis in the midst of a major city. As you tour the Hollywood Hills, you may catch glimpses of the Lake, but it is primarily accessible only by foot or bike. The lake contains part of the water supply for the City of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Zoo
Located at Griffith Park, this has been a world-class zoo for 34 years. Also located in Griffith Park is the Autry Museum, Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theatre, and spectacular views of the Hollywood Sign, Hollywood, and all of Los Angeles. The zoo is located at 5333 Zoo Drive in Griffith Park. Contact them at (323) 644-6400 or visit www.lazoo.org.
L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition
Located at 6331 Hollywood Boulevard, the L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition features life-like displays of the noted humanitarian and Scientologist. Hubbard is the author of “Dianetics” and “Planet Earth.” The Exhibition is open daily from 10:30 am to 10:00 pm. For more information, please call (323) 960-3511.
Pantages Theatre & Disney’s “The Lion King”
One of the most celebrated theatrical productions of all time opened in Hollywood at the beautifully restored Pantages Theatre last October, Disney’s The Lion King. Shows are scheduled every day except Monday, plus two additional matinees on the weekend. For more detailed show times, pricing information, and group ticket information please visit The Lion King website at www.lionkingla.com or call (213) 365-3510.
A Hollywood landmark, the Pantages Theatre openend in 1930, a monument to the great movie palaces of the era. From 1949 to 1959, the Pantages was home to the Academy Awards. For more than 20 years, the Nederlander Organization has owned the Pantages. In preparation for The Lion King, the Pantages has undergone a $10 million renovation, restoring the theater to original conditions, replacing seats and carpets, and adding a new wing to expand the backstage area. The Pantages is located just east of the famed Hollywood & Vine intersection and just across the street from the Hollywood & Vine MetroRail station at 6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Paramount Pictures is the longest continuously operating film studio in Hollywood. Considered by many to be the most beautiful of the major studios. Two hour walking tours are offered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for $15. Start at the visitors center, children must be over ten. Paramount Pictures is located on 5555 Melrose Avenue, (323) 956-5000, or look them up at www.paramount.com.
Rock Walk/Guitar Center
At the Rock Walk and Guitar Center, you will find handprints, signatures and memorabilia from Rock ‘n Roll’s greatest musical performances and innovators featured. You can find this unique Hollywood attraction at 7425 Sunset Blvd., (323) 874-1060.
Television Show Tapings
Hollywood is the place to see the television industry in action. Some of the best sources of tickets include:
Audiences Unlimited: (818) 506-0043 or www.tvtickets.com Write to: 100 Universal City Plaza Bldg. 153, Universal City, CA 91608 Include a return stamped envelope. Over 40 sitcoms, game and talk show tickets available.
CBS (213) 852-2458 7800 Beverly Blvd. Tickets for game and talk shows, and sitcom tapings.
Paramount Pictures (323) 956-5575 860 N. Gower St. Tickets available at Visitors Center up to five days in advance of tapings of Paramount’s sitcoms and talk shows at the studio and other production facilities.
Walk of Fame
A five-year project to erect signs along the Walk of Fame identifying historic sites was completed in 1999. The project was spearheaded by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Forty-six signs mark significant locations along a self-guided walking tour of the nationally registered Hollywood Boulevard Historic Commercial and Entertainment District. It is believed that the Walking tour is the most elaborate of its kind in the western U.S. Erected at a cost of $260,000, the durable signs include photographs of the buildings during Hollywood’s glory years as well as interesting facts about each building. The Hollywood Historic Trust funded a brochure to tell visitors about the Walk of Fame and to guide them along the walking tour. It Includes a complete directory of all the celebrities who have stars on the Walk of Fame. Copies of the brochure may be obtained by mailing a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, 7018 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028. For a virtual tour of the historic walking tour, go to: www.hollywoodbid.org/hist/historic_sites.html