Hollywood Sites & Landmarks
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Welcome to Hollywood California! You can almost here the song in your head right now. "Welcome to Hollywood..." The home of the entertainment and showbiz industry. The Kodak Theatre that hosts the Academy Awards, the major movie and TV studios, famous landmarks and don't forget you are walking on the names of Hollywood legends as you cruise the streets and take in all sites. Below is list of sites and landmarks to visit when you come to Hollywood. Have a good read and let us know if we missed anything along the way.
1. Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Opened in 1927, it's probably safe to say that this is the most famous movie theater in the world. Grauman's Chinese (now named TCL Chinese Theatre) has traditionally been the site of more Hollywood premieres than any other theater and, for several years, was also home to the Academy Awards ceremony. Most people can readily recognize TCL Chinese Theatre by its imposing exterior, which includes a huge red Chinese pagoda-like structure. Inside, however, you'll find much of the same including Chinese-style ornamentation and 2,200 bright red seats. Founder Sid Grauman was responsible for implementing the Walk of Fame and the stars on the sidewalk outside of his theater are reserved for the most notable celebrities. Walking tours of the interior of the theatre are about 30 minutes long, and can be purchased separately from movie admission.
2. The Hollywood Bowl
Since its opening more than 70 years ago, this famous amphitheater has hosted the most amazing names in music of all genres. You can visit the Hollywood Bowl anytime of the day. You may find it empty or be lucky enough to catch a rehearsal. But for a true Hollywood experience, purchase tickets for one of the nighttime concerts. It shouldn't be too hard to get a seat. The Bowl holds 17,680 guests! The Hollywood Heritage Museum (across from Hollywood Bowl) is dedicated to the early days of filmmaking in Hollywood.
3. Hollywood Roosevelt
After a 2003 restoration by designer Dodd Mitchell, this 1927 landmark, a beautiful example of Spanish colonial design, once more welcomed the A-listers who frequented it during Hollywood's heyday. The hotel is at its most dramatic downstairs: in the Dakota steakhouse, at the discreet Library Bar and around the pool, which boasts a restored underwater mural by David Hockney and an often-buzzing bar scene at the poolside lounge. The rooms are sleek, dark and, in places, showing a few signs of wear and tear. Look out for the occasional subtly placed photographic nod to the starry location.
4. The Hollywood Sign
Sitting on the top of Mt. Lee, the highest peak in the Los Angeles area, the famous Hollywood Sign can be seen from many locations. Taking a photo of it is a must if you're visiting Hollywood. Many people don't realize that the sign originally read 'Hollywoodland,' and was actually a huge advertisement for a housing development in the area. The last 4 letters were removed in 1945.
5. Dolby Theatre
Despite a name change after the theater's main sponsor switched from Kodak to Dolby in 2012, this 3,400-seat center remains one of LA's most impressive live entertainment venues, with a year-round series of high-profile screenings, premieres and events. Just ask the Academy Awards—they've signed on to host their annual star-studded broadcast here through at least 2033.
6. El Capitan
Yearning to relive your childhood and indulge in a Disney flick? El Capitan's your spot—the lavish 1926-built theater screens Disney's most current feature along with classics in between releases. Tickets are indeed pricier than other nearby cinemas, but then again, where else do you get to dine at a classic fountain and see a 2,500-pipe organ be played before the show?
7. Griffith Observatory
Though technically outside of the neighborhood, this LA landmark feels like an essential party of any Hollywood visit. The vista here is stunning, particularly at night when Los Angeles twinkles below. Inside you'll find a bevy of exhibits, including a Foucault pendulum, Tesla coil and planetarium show. Give yourself plenty of time before the 10pm closing to gaze through the 12-inch refracting telescope on the roof, otherwise you can look through the far less crowded modern, reflecting telescope on the front lawn.
8. Runyon Canyon
This 160-acre park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains has one main loop, plus a bevy of dirt hiking trails. The sea of buff trainers and their sleek, sweaty clients can get to be too much during the busy morning and weekend workout traffic, but you'll be rewarded with some of the best views of the city (and, if you're lucky, a chance to gawk at power-walking celebs). The southern entrance is at the end of Fuller Avenue in Hollywood; the northern entrance is off the 7300 block of Mulholland Drive.
9. The Hollywood Museum
Housed in the old Max Factor building, the Hollywood Museum is 4 floors full of wonderful movie memorabilia. You'll find a bit of everything here, from George of the Jungle's loincloth to silent film star Mary Pickford's blonde curls.
10. Paramount Studios
Paramount’s past and current achievements come together in this intimate, behind the scenes look at a true working studio. Step into the world of the industry’s top talent, producers, and crew as they create today’s award-winning television and feature films. On this 2-hour tour you’ll discover Hollywood’s first major movie studio led by an engaging Studio Page, visiting iconic locations like the Bronson Gate, New York Street Backlot, and the Prop Warehouse. Each step of the way, you will learn how Paramount’s 104-year legacy influenced Hollywood and the world at large. The Paramount Studio Tour immerses you into where it all began. It won’t take long to realize, Paramount is Hollywood. Tour costs are $55 per person, guests 10 years of age or older are welcome on this 2 plus hour tour. If television shows are gearing up for their upcoming season expect to see plenty of celebrties and real show production.
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Enjoy your time here in Hollywood. And we advise everyone to be smart, lock your car keep your valuables safe but most of all have some great fun. You are in the city of Angles in the hme of the world of entertainment. Enjoy!