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    Attend Historic Palladium

    by marinarena Written Apr 9, 2014

    Now here's some Hollywood history for your eyes!

    Enjoy the architectural marvel and a comfortable intimacy during a live concert at the historic Palladium, venue of several rock and roll moments in the heart of Hollywood. First opened in 1940, the Palladium is a premier concert venue that has hosted several big names in the history of popular music, the former studio of the Lawrence Welk T.V. show and has even been the site of a Grammy Awards show. Inside, the Palladium is stocked with 6 bars. Capacity of the venue is 3700.

    In 2008, the Palladium re-opened to much fan fare, featuring rapper Jay-Z. There is a variety of music genres represented in the concert schedule- including classic rock, hard rock-metal, rap, alternative rock, pop, Latin and other international music of various styles

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    Hollywood Walk of Fame

    by Africancrab Updated May 20, 2013

    The walk of fame is on the famous Hollywood Blvd, a tribute of the thousands of actors, actresses, artists, musicians . . . who have made outstanding contributions to television, radio, the music world and beyond. On this street are engraved pink stars with the names of the honored engraved, some having their signatures permanently sealed into the concrete. Now this is a place I wanted to walk too, just for the sake of saying I had ‘been there, done that’. It felt nice walking and reading the names of the different stars honored; I recognized many of the stars and found myself reviewing the movies they acted in at the back of my mind.

    When I was there I only walked on one side of the boulevard, but the walk of fame is on both side of Hollywood Blvd. One thing that I missed was the Silver Four Ladies of Hollywood Gazebo on the La Brea avenue, this is a must see in Hollywood.

    I caught a glimpse of them as I rushed for my ride at the end of our tour. I was able to find one of my favorite stars on the walk of fame - Eddie Murphy, what was amazing was that he actually left his name hand signed on the wet concrete and now it is permanently engraved in the concrete. At the Grumman's Chinese Theater is also over thousands of hand prints that can be seen, I did not have much time to go through all of them.

    PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today!

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    Staples Center

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 2, 2012

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    Kobe Bryant woud be mad at you if you don't know this place! home of the LA Lakers and LA Clippers. Do I need a more thorough Tip here? everyboy knows Staples Center is the Home of 2 of the NBA's Clubs, the LA Lakers and LA Clippers. Everybody knows that this is the replacement arena of the Great Western Forum at Ingleside. The arena is host to 250 events and nearly 4,000,000 visitors a year and seats up to 20,000 for concerts, 18,997 for basketball, and 18,118 for hockey and arena football.[3] Two-thirds of the arena's seating, including 2,500 club seats, are in the lower bowl. There are also 160 luxury suites, including 15 event suites, on three levels between the lower and upper bowls so if you happen to see Lakers Owner Jerry Buss, don't be surprised. You could also buy souvenirs at the souvenir shops inside the area

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    Be part of a TV Audience

    by easterntrekker Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We had a great night as part of the audience on the sitcom All of Us . It was interesting to watch the actors stumble over their lines and the retakes that happened . ( OK so maybe they do work a little for all those bucks ) There was a professional comedian hired to take care of us and keep us laughing . He was so good ...we would have paid $50.00 dollars or more anywhere else just to see him . It was a long night , you can leave early if you must but it's best to plan to stay. The tickets are free.
    There are so many shows available , if you know when you'll be in town ,they are easy to get.

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    Madam Tussauds

    by Britannia2 Written Mar 27, 2010

    Very similar to its European counterparts in London and Amsterdam with lots of amazing unbelievably real look a like wax models.
    This establshment was only opened in 2009 and is a very interactive expereince with A list clebs, Hollywood icons and super heros.
    Open 10.00 to 20.00 (later in the summer).

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    Disneyland

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 25, 2009

    going to disneyland, which is a 27 mile drive away from hollywood. When Walt Disney Draw a figure of a mouse in the 1920's when he was just a struggling animator in the depths of despair at not succeding at that time, never did he realized that he was setting the foundation of a Worldwide Entertainment Empire and the "Happiest Place on Earth", This Disneyland started it all when it opened in 1955 in the LA suburb of Anaheim which was a backwater then. Today, about 520 million people have visited this theme park and many have been repeat performers (like me). Disneyland revolutionized the way that theme parks will become a total package for families and groups. Again, it all started with one anonymous pet mouse of Walt Disney!

    It Gives you the goosebumps upon entering disneyland since the last time i've been here was when a was 18 years old (ages ago!) and again back for the 50th anniversary in 2005. Disneyland is divided into Themes or realms which radiate like the four cardinal points of the compass from Central Plaza, and well-concealed backstage areas. These themes are the ff: Main Street USA, Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Frontierland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown and Frontierland. There's different rides and attractions for the whole family and it was a good thing that the last time i've been here was late september so it was a lean season unlike in summer or spring break so you can ride almost all rides in one day without buying front of line passes.

    Opens everday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

    2009 Theme Park Tickets Ages 3-9 Ages 10+

    2-Day Park Hopper® Ticket
    Valid now thru January 5, 2010. $123.00 143.00

    1-Day Park Hopper® Ticket $84.00 $94.00

    Single-Day Theme Park Ticket $59.00 $69.00

    (hopper ticket means you can go to both Disneyland and California Adventure Parks)

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    Downtown LA

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 25, 2009

    downtown LA is just a 10 minute drive from hollywood boulevard. the Downtown area was second only to the Glamour and Popularity of Hollywood in the pre-war years but the historic area slowly became run down and the historic buildings dilapidated and crime was rampant, in the 1990's there were efforts to refurbish and gentrifiy the area adn their efforts are now bearing fruit. The Downtown scene is now more lively and the tourist are starting to come back too. Downtown Los Angeles marks the geographic, political, and historic center of Los Angeles. Although the smallest region of Los Angeles by area, it includes a great variety of diverse neighborhoods, ranging from the many modern skyscrapers of the Financial District to the historic structures of the Historic Core to the ethnic enclaves of Chinatown and Little Tokyo. It also contains many cultural attractions and entertainment venues. Downtown is also a center for local and regional transportation, with several freeways passing through and Union Station connecting regional trains to local buses and the Metro Line plus is the area of Staples Center (LA Lakers and LA Clippers of the NBA).

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    La Brea tar pits

    by debsk Written Aug 12, 2009

    We enjoyed this visit and took a look at pits that had just found a full mammouth with tusks in tact. you can see them at work too. Below is info from there site...
    Rancho La Brea is one of the world’s most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world. Visitors can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when animals such as saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed the Los Angeles Basin. Through windows at the Page Museum Laboratory, visitors can watch bones being cleaned and repaired. Outside the Museum, in Hancock Park, life-size replicas of several extinct mammals are featured.

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    Great Tour!!

    by Donna_in_India Updated Apr 12, 2009

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    Before we went to LA I researched the various studio tours. I was surprised to find that very few studios offer tours. I wasn't interested in a Theme Park adventure with a hundred of my closest friends on a tram such as Universal's, Paramounts all walking didn't appeal to me either, and NBC's didn't seem very interesting. WB seemed to be the best for what we wanted - a combination of walking & touring by electric cart, small groups of 12, and the back lot you see is the real thing. It turned out that the Warner Brothers Studios VIP tour was great!

    After picking up our tickets at the VIP Tour Center we watched a brief movie that chronicled the history and highlighted some of WB's produtions. We got into our electric cart and headed through the gates of WB. The lot is 110 acres huge!

    Warner Brothers is the world's busiest motion picture and television studio in the world. Driving along the backlot streets we saw many familiar ("street") sets - ER's emergency room entrance, Gilmore Girls, Ghost Whisperer, etc. At several places we were able to get out of the cart, walk around and inspect the set, and take photos. Our guide was very knowledgable and encouraged us to ask questions - which we did. She also asked if we had any favorite shows and made sure that we saw where they were filmed. Because there was no filming going on, we got to go into the set of Two and A Half Men, which was definitely a highlight for me because it's one of my favorite shows.

    We stopped at WB Museum which houses movie memorabilia. Of course, we recognized many of the costumes and props. The entire second floor is dedicated to Harry Potter which all fans will love. (Harry Potter is WB's most popular movie franchise.)

    One of my favorite stops was the prop warehouse. Each of the items is tagged and numbered so they can be easily ordered and delivered for any production. There must have been a million props in there!!

    We saw a warehouse full of vehicles used in WB movies - everything from the Harry Potter Car (photo #3) to the Batmobile/Batcycle (photo #5), to the Scooby Doo Van. We also went through a huge industrial factory building where they do welding for the studio. Another highlight was the Friends set. Although the real set is used for current productions, the Friends set, couch and all, has been recreated in another building.

    Although this tour is a little more expensive than others, I highly recommend it!

    Photography is limited and video filming is not permitted.

    There is a small gift shop at the Tour Center.

    Tours depart continuously Monday to Friday between 8:20 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with extended hours in the Spring and Summer. Children must be over 8.

    Tickets for the 2 1/4 hour tour are $45.00. Tickets are available for purchase online. I would highly recommend advance purchase of your tickets. You must arrive at the Tour Center at least 20 minutes before the start of your tour.

    Parking provided at Gate 6 ($5) , across from the VIP Ticket Office.

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    Some Beautiful Homes - Do It Yourself Tour

    by Donna_in_India Updated Apr 11, 2009

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    We took a tour of the Stars' Homes but you can easily drive through the Beverly Hills neighborhoods on your own. Many of the homes are fabulous, some are large but similar to what you may see in any other upscale US neighborhood (except for the price, of course).

    N. Roxbury Dr. was once the "street of the stars". Lucille Ball's (photo #1) neighbors included Jack Benny, Jimmy Stewart, and Rosemary Clooney (nephew George stayed here when he first came to Hollywood). Lucy's 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom, 7,500 sq. ft. home is now valued at approximately $12,000,000. What I particularly liked about this street was the neighboorhood feeling - there are sidewalks and the homes are mostly "accessible", not hidden behind so many trees and bushes that you can't see the homes. From Hollywood, just take Sunset Boulevard to Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills (three blocks west of Rodeo Drive), and turn north. (http://www.seeing-stars.com/live/RoxburyDrive.shtml)

    Some celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Britney Spears (photo #2) live in homes that afford them as much privacy as possible (understandably). Another home we saw was Hugh Hefner's - famous for its outrageous parties - Playboy Mansion (photo #4 - well just the gates!). We didn't see Hugh or any bunnies.

    Photo #3 is just a small corner of producer (Dynasty, Charlie's Angels, 90210) Aaron Spelling's home. The 57,000 sq. ft. home was/is the largest home in the U.S. and is the most expensive. It is currently for sale for $150,000,000. Spelling's widow is not sure how many bedrooms the house has - "she lost count, but thinks it's over 100". Yes, we all have that problem. To see the house.... http://renorealestatelogic.com/wp-content/aaron-spelling.bmp.

    We saw one of Michael Jackson's homes (Christmas wreaths were still on the gates at the end of February). This was the only home that we saw fans (yes, we really did) waiting in the cars outside his gate. I am sure that once the BH police drove by, they were made to leave. It's okay to look, but please don't stalk!!

    The following website lists star homes by street. Click on the "See a Map" for directions. www.seeing-stars.com/Live/OtherStreets.shtml

    The following website lists star homes by name:
    www.seeing-stars.com/Live/StarsAddresses_A.shtml

    For information on homes in Malibu check:
    www.seeing-stars.com/Live/Malibu.shtml

    Please remember that these are private homes. Drive by and look but do not trespass or disturb the residents.

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    A Sure Way to See a "Star"/The Tonight Show

    by Donna_in_India Updated Apr 11, 2009

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    A fun thing to do while you're in LA is go to a TV show taping. Tickets are free and you can easily order them online. The website shown below lists available tickets to current shows, pilots, and special events. New tickets are usually available a month in advance. If it is a very popular show and you have limited time to see a taping, I'd make sure to be online the day the tickets become available. (I tried to do this with Two and A Half Men and tickets were already gone the day after they became available.)

    Be sure to check minimum age requirements and be aware that if anyone in your group looks under the minimum they will need to show proof. Follow all instructions on your tickets - which include the time to be there, what cannot be brought into the studio (usually cameras, sometimes cell phones), etc.

    We didn't get any tickets from tvtickets.com, but were walking on Hollywood Blvd. and a man asked if we wanted to see the Tonight Show for that night. Charlie Sheen was the guest star - and since we couldn't get tickets to Two and A Half Men, we took the Tonight Show tickets. The catch was that we had to be at the studio within a half hour. We drove to the NBC Studios in Burbank and saw the line. I dropped my husband off and went to park the car. (No easy task since there is no studio parking. Parked around the corner by a hospital.) By the time I got back to the line, it had grown considerably behind my husband. We waited on line for a long while before they started letting people in. They kept stopping the line and re-counting the people. Finally we were the next 2 supposed to go in but they still didn't have any open seats. It turned out that we were the last in a group of 7 to get in. Our seats were almost at the top of the studio and we had missed Jay Leno's audience warm-up. We were still happy just to be there - alot of people were turned away. We enjoyed the show - interesting to see how it's produced. It was all over within about an hour! (You need to allow a couple of hours for a sitcom taping.)

    *Be advised that more tickets are distributed than there are seats for! Arrive early or you may not get in!!

    For NBC/Tonight Show tickets check www.nbc.com/Footer/Tickets/.

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    By Tour Bus..

    by Donna_in_India Updated Apr 10, 2009

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    Tours of the "Movie Stars Homes" have always been a popular thing to do in LA. There are several companies leaving from Hollywood Blvd. near Grauman's Chinese Theater. There are also people standing on various parts of Hollywood Blvd. giving out flyers from the different companies. I would guess they are pretty similar - the vehicles might differ. Ours was a small open-top (about) 14 seater. (It was pretty cold when we went, so whatever the weather during your visit, dress appropriately.)

    We went with ETours. It was the Movie Star Homes and Crime Scenes 2 hour tour. It is advertised as seeing 50 celebrity homes. I don't think we saw 50 but that was fine. We definitely saw some beautiful homes - mansions actually - and it didn't matter whether it was a celebrity home or not. Some of the celebrity homes we did see were those of Halle Berry, Lucille Ball, Britney Spears, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, the Playboy Mansion. the Aaron Spelling 56,000 sq. ft. palace, etc., etc. Of couse for many you see little more than a gate covered with huge trees and bushes. Which of course, is quite understandable considering the number of tour buses that pass in front of each home.

    We didn't see any "crime scenes" - also fine with us (although the guide did point out where "so and so" died). We made a stop for photos of the Hollywood sign from a point that wasn't so great. But the driver did mention going to Hollywood & Highland Center for a good view (which we did and it was).

    We drove up Mullholland Drive for smoggy views of downtown, drove Rodeo Drive, Sunset Strip, Melrose Ave, Bel Air and Beverly Hills. Overall it was a pleasant way to tour around.

    The advertised price for our tour was $35 but of course we got a discount because we signed up "right then". The price was $25.

    By the way, if you have a car and don't want to take a tour, it's easy enough to drive around the neighborhoods (which we did on another day). There are celebrity home maps sold but I'm not sure how accurate they are.

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    Shopping, Eating, & the Hollywood Sign!

    by Donna_in_India Updated Apr 10, 2009

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    Located in the heart of Hollywood the Hollywood & Highland Center is a retail and entertainment center. Here you will find the Kodak Theater (Home to the Academy Awards), nightclubs, Mann Chinese 6 Theaters, restaurants and dozens of stores of all kinds including clothing, shoes, music, jewelry, and specialty stores. The restaurants serve sushi, Italian, Med/Asian fusion, pizza, and burgers. Check the website for specific store and restaurant listings. We ate at Johnny Rockets and I loved it! Fantastic chocolate shake and burgers!!!

    Very nice place to take a break, relax, have something to eat, shop, etc.

    Parking: Entrances are on Highland Avenue and Orange Avenue.
    Parking rates are $2.00 for up to 4 hours with validation from shops, restaurants, cinemas and nightclubs; $1.00 for every 20 minutes thereafter. Daily maximum $10.00. Valet parking is offered for an additional $5.00. The parking garage is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00am - 10:00pm, Sun 10:00am - 7:00pm
    Theaters, clubs and some restaurants will have extended hours.

    ** Great view of the Hollywood Sign from here.

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    Hollywood and Highland center

    by Herwig1961 Written Dec 10, 2008

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    Shoping and entertainmentcenter,host of the Kodak theatre(academy awards ).Lovely place to stroll around.And!A most wonderful view at the famous Hollywood sign.I loved the view over the city ,to the Hollywood sign and downtown L.A.And the elephants.

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    See a play/musical/show Pantages Theater

    by malianrob Updated May 26, 2008

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    If you are going to LA you might want to check out what is playing at the Pantages Theatre. Over the Memorial Day weekend, my sister invited me to see Wicked. I had heard great stuff about this production and I wanted to check it out. My sister got us tickets in the orchestra section for the 1pm showing. All I can say was that it was awesome! We also took my niece Sofia age 10 and my daughter Alexis age 12. They both loved it!
    There were some kids there but not too many.
    In typical LA fashion, some people were dressed up reral fancy and others were very casual in jeans and a nice shirt.
    We overheard the people behind us saying that this was the third time they watched this show. I actually think that we will be going again and this time taking my mom and a few friends.
    We bought a program (cost$20) and after the show you can get it signed by the cast. They also give you a small playbill for free that has alot of information like who's who from the cast and alot of other stuff.

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