Combined Suggestions, Hollywood
One of the more classier venues in Hollywood, Grauman's Egyptian - American Cinematique is an enchanting night out especially for classic film buffs and those who appreciate local history. A typical night here includes a film screening. There are frequently exclusive film industry events, as such panel discussion featuring well known celebrities and film industry types.
Built by the imagination of Sid Grauman, the theater made its debut in 1922. However, the theater as it is appreciated today truly made a splash with its renovation in 1998.
American Cinematique is the program name for cinema viewing of the historic theater. The first "Hollywood" premiere happened here. Visitors can enjoy a classy way of seeing a movie, in a grand plush theater with over 600 seats and huge screen. Unlike the good ol' days however, the production and sound is quite modern and star of the art. Egyptian is a Kodak screencheck certified venue, which simply means that there is no other more grand, impressive way to see a movie!
It is especially advantageous to visit here before the Oscars. Some nominated films in major and minor categories are showcased at the venue and often, famous and well-noted creative crew make an appearance for intimate talks.
Buy tickets for screening in advance (before arriving in Los Angeles if visiting from other land or at least an hour before the movie/ show starts). Locals should take advantage of getting membership for buying tix before the general public has a chance.
There are separate tours of the Egyptian , as well as tour/movie combinations from which to choose for your Egyptian experience.
Video taking is not allowed inside the theater. Photographs are welcome.
Parking around here can be tricky. There are many lots along Hollywood Blvd for parking but some can be costly and many do get full. At Cherokee and Selma, south of Hollywood Blvd, there is a lot that may likely work out. It costs $10 for parking. If you can arrange it beforehand, arrive at the Egyptian via a Metro bus (several routes pass here) or taxi.
Common events here include several film festivals, such as the TCM Classic and Noir Festival.
Check out official website for the latest in happenings, ticket prices and much more on historical background.
Dress Code: No dress code but be on a the classy site. Wear warm clothing for night events
Unlike my favorite Miami, Clubs here in Hollywood unfortunately close at 2AM. One spot I ended up a couple of times is The Body Shop, a gentlemens club that at 2AM was everyones club, as girls and guys alike would pour in here for a good time. If you're partying on the Sunset Strip, its late and you still have energy check it out!
Dress Code: Wear what you want! I gaurantee you'll be wearing more than the girls! Ha!
Well, at night if you're at a wits end as to what to do.... you can catch a movie at the El Capitan Theater. A movie ticket is not cheap though.
In 1991, this former Paramount Theater was reopened by Disney and Pacific Theaters following a glorious restoration of this Hollywoood gem situated across the street from Mann's Chinese Theater and... from my hotel. Every major animated release from Walt Disney Pictures Animation premieres here - complete with a live stage show and more!
The above info courtesy of http://www.cinematreasures.org website.
Alternatively, if you don't want to spend too much $$$, you can just drive along Hollywood Boulevard and watch some interesting characters. My friend and I were driving along this stretch of road one Saturday night and man... we could hear EXTREMELY LOUD music blaring from one car after another. :-)
Living la vida loca!
My favorite bars:
1). The Room-
An Unmarked door hides this dark, little groove bar w/DJ.
1626 N. Cahuenga Boulevard
2). Lava Lounge-
It's Hawaii 5-0 meets Route 66, live music.
1533 N. La Brea Ave.