Hollywood / Boulevard / Sign, Hollywood
This stainless steel gazebo on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea has four life-size silver ladies supporting the structure that represent Mae West, Dorothy Dandridge, Anna Mae Wong and Dolores Del Rio. Catherine Hardwicke sculpted it in 1993.
Located at Hollywood Blvd and La Brea Ave.
Visitors Information Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd – Level 1
Hollywood, CA 90028
Originally opened June 4, 1930 as the Pantages Theatre in Art Deco design. In 1949 came Howard Hughes, acquiring the theatre through RKO, changing its name to the RKO Pantages . In 1953 TV brought the Oscars to living rooms. Pacific Theatres bought the Pantages in December of 1967, leading to a refurbishment and reopening of many theatre sections that Huges closed down. In 1977, the Nederlander Organization partnered with Pacific’s overhauled it to continue to be a theater. Then Walt Disney Company was seeking another theater and it was remodel back to its 1930s decor in 2000. What I find so interesting is the Aztec guardians that stand guard out front from up above. They are impressive.
Located at 6233 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
Designed by Robert V. Derrah and opened on October 29, 1936 as one of the first outdoor shopping malls. Eventually over time it became just business offices such as Screen Actors Guild, headquarters of Standard Oil, and American Airlines. The 60s and 70s the poor center fell on hards times until Morton La Kretz bought and restored it to its former glory. Nowdays musical artist have moved it and improvements continue to inhance the property.
Listed on Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #134 in 1974, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Located at 6671 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood Blvd, Ca 90028
IM : "The corner of Sunset Boulevard and Courtney Avenue, now why does that ring a bell ?"
SB :"Well, someone famous got arrested here"
IM : "Oh it wasn't, was it ? It's where 'old floppy haircut' wasn't so divine, isn't it ?"
SB :"Got it in one. Hugh Grant's career went down from this point, which is ironic as the hookers' career consisted entirely of that"
IM :"Imagine, he could have almost any woman he wanted, and still he picked up a cheap street-hooker"
SB : "The thrill of it I suppose"
If you expect a warm welcome upon your arrival to Hollywood, you might be disappointed when you get there.
Hollywood is not really a tourist friendly place. We even had a hard time finding a bench where we could just sit-down and have few minutes of brake from the walking. The big and glorified HOLLYWOOD sign is in a distant view from the main street, on a hill side. You will need binoculars or a good camera with a built in zoom. Here is a picture I've taken with my camera. This is as close as I could bring it.