Back in its heyday, 1920s-50s, the interesection of Hollywood Blvd and Vine St was a busy movie and radio biz hub, featuring offices of big stars like Charlie Chaplin and classic art deco architecture. H&V was also the original focal point of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 1958.
After much tarnishing of the golden age, Hollywood and Vine became somewhat of a ghost town, however, nowadays, it has turned into an attractive looking, upscale, high traffic nightclub and "be seen" central of Ho-town.
At H&V, hang out at amongst some of the beautiful and trendy people of all of Los Angeles. On Friday and Saturday nights especially, clubbing crowds line up in front of hotspots like Avalon, Lexington Social House and Redbury. From a short walking distance from the intersection is the iconic Capital records building, the chic W Hotel and the premier performing arts venue, Pantages.
A good number of exquisite dining options are becoming must-see for foodies. Major establishments include Dillion's Irish Pub, particularly fun and rowdy with live bands and loud, lush patrons. Other bars and restaurants that line Hollywood Blvd are Frolic Room (by Pantages) and Wood and Vine ( by the W). Reservations are highly recommended on evenings.
Also of note:
Several lofts are being built and sold in this revitalized section. There are limited luxurious condos at the W Hotel.
The section is known also as Bob Hope Square to honor the legendary late comedian.
For public trans connection, Hollywood and Vine is accessible by the Metro Red Line station of the same name. Also several MTA buses pass by here and Dash Hollywood bus. Enjoy the nightlife here esp on Fri and Sat eve with extended late night Red Line service
I know, it's typical to go along the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. You must do the tourist thing once! I did it when I was a little thing coming out to California for the first time and will continue to do it , all the while, marvelling (1) why some have a star but don't really deserve one or got them way too soon in their career (2) the so many who should have been honored but have not been yet (3) the uprooted deterioration of several stars on the pavement, and (4) the self-inked names on blank stars written by an utterly asinine folk passing along the Walk of Fame boulevards. And I swear I will not stumble while eyeing a certain cemented star again!
the wide boulevard which is the main street of hollywood. Holywood boulevard Actually encompasses a lot of streets and avenues like Sunset Boulevard in the east. Running northwest to Vermont Avenue, where it straightens out and runs due west to Laurel Canyon Boulevard. West of Laurel Canyon it continues as a small residential street in the hills, finally ending at Sunset Plaza Drive. On the east side of Hollywood Boulevard it passes through the neighborhoods of Little Armenia and Thai Town.
The boulevard was originally a seedy area in the 1980's (tourist just posed pictures at Grauman's Theater and Roosevelt Hotel and Walk of Fame and just leave) but a gentrification campaign was done in the 90's and today it has a number of attractions.
Bob Hope Square (Hollywood and Vine)
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Grauman's Egyptian Theatre
El Capitan Theatre
Frederick's of Hollywood
Hollywood and Highland
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Wax Museum
Madame Tussauds 2009
Masonic Temple- Home of Jimmy Kimmel Live
Musso & Frank Grill
Pig 'n Whistle
Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium
Capitol Records Tower
Hollywood Blvd. does not have the glamour older days but I really liked to stroll around.See the El Capitan theatre,the Roosevelt hotel,the Wax museum by walking on the stars and try to find your favourite actor.Visit the Hollywood and Highland center and enjoy the look down to the Blvd. and the Hollywood sign.As for me it was fun here.
If you are a tourist, The heart of Hollywood beats on Hollywood Boulevard. If you are a local, I's say Sanat Monica is my street! If you do stop in Hollywood, be sure to check out Hollywood Boulevard- and don't expect it to be as nice as, say, a Vegas Casino exterior- this Boulevard is very old and run down, but it can still be very fun and entertaining, especially with the shopping a restaurants in the Hollywood and Highland Center.
Take a walk and check out all the shops. You can find everything from cheezy souveniers to lingerie to stripper clothes to...well that's really about it. Check out the stars on the street about which you'll be saying, 'Who??' more often than not.