Fun things to do in Hollywood

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    Oscar Weekend

    by HotSpotJ Written Mar 23, 2008

    Staying in Hollywood on Oscar weekend was freaking amazing! Its like the epicenter of energy for the entire nation! Hollywood Blvd. is partially blocked off the week leading up to that Sunday, and by Oscar Sunday no one is gaining access by car for many, many blocks- if you don't live here or stay in a near hotel, you'll have to walk quite a ways. The clubs and restaurants are bustling that weekend, the entire area turns out to party. I saw people actually standing across the street from the red carpet at 8am Sunday morning- I went on an enjoyed the day in Santa Monica, but if you're into that, then prepare to wait quite awhile during next years Oscars.

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    Sport's Club? No, it's a restaurant!

    by GracesTrips Written Sep 23, 2007

    We did not eat here but we checked it out because everyone inside looked like they were having a good time, screaming and yelling! It was Sunday and football is the all American past time. This place had TV's in every possible direction you can look in. There was even a TV in the bathroom! All are showing different games going on during the day. With indoor/outdoor dining areas, looked like the guys spend their entire day here drinking, eating and rooting for their teams to win! Looked like a lot of fun!

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    Prance to Pantages for Broadway West Shows!

    by marinarena Updated Nov 13, 2006

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    Stop in Pantages and support the arts scene while roaming on Hollywood Blvd!

    Small yet grand, the Pantages Theater is a cornerstone of Hollywood history. It has hosted the Academy Awards and the Emmys and now primarily is home to popular plays and musicals. One great production that I saw here was the live spetacular, The Lion King! Truth be told, the views can be obstructed and are not the greatest if you have a ticket in the back of the lower and higher level, but no big concern if you got good tix!

    Read more on website below!

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    Open air Shopping Mall "The Grove"

    by funnybeee Updated Sep 3, 2005

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    This open air shopping mall is a cute hang out. There is also a a theatre to see movies.

    Cute shops, nice restaurants, good for people watching.

    There is this beautiful fountain that dances to music...wanna see it? Go check it out!

    And while you are there, have something to eat at the neighbouring "Farmers Market"! You will not regret it.

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    Where Both Natural (and unnatural) Wonders Abound

    by Ryan_Seacrest Written Jun 23, 2005

    The Hollywood Bowl is one of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world and a cultural landmark of this area! It has been around since 1922 and they are able to seat about 18,000 people inside!

    If you have not visited it yet, I have to tell you that the acoustics of this place are amazing – if only they would let us film American Idol here! Its Southern California location adds even more charm by providing the perfect night sky and weather accommodations on any given concert evening. Take advantage of this natural landmark and treat yourself to a concert! I am planning on seeing the Rolling Stones on stage at the Hollywood Bowl next Monday, June 27th…I highly recommend checking this place out!

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    Peruse the cinema used book stores....

    by CastelliUSA Written Apr 12, 2005

    Up and down Hollywood Blvd there are some cinema used book stores like Larry Edmunds Book Store. If you are a collector or just loooking there is always something interesting. If you like classic hollywood this book store offers many titles.

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    Hollywood Mall?

    by Carmela71 Updated Apr 11, 2005

    I do not remember the name of this Hall, I think it was the entrance for Kodak Theatre but I am not sure, what I liked was that on the columns you had listed all the Oscars to the best films since the beginning of the Oscars!!!

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    Publicity Actors & souvenirs shops

    by Carmela71 Updated Apr 11, 2005

    These were the other interesting things of the afternoon, I was trying to see Superman with no luck, but at least ....

    There are many souvenirs shops on the other side of the road, it is not a bad time to buy some to take home (even if the best souvenirs I saw in California were the ones in SF)

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    Attractions

    by c-bella Written Mar 23, 2005

    Manns is certainly worth seeing, but its best to be there early as it gets busy and is difficult to take pictures.
    Walking along the Boulevard you cant fail to see the Stars, they stretch right down either side of the road and even onto Vine.
    We went on a Celebrity Homes tour and although we got to see quite a bit of the city, as they drive through Rodeo Drive and Beverley Hills etc, all your really see of the houses is gates and walls, perhaps the odd front door!!

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    Sing along to the "Sound of Music" under the stars

    by VdV Written Oct 14, 2004

    One of the most fun events to join in all year in Los Angeles is the SING-A-LONG SOUND OF MUSIC. Held in the summer at the Hollywood Bowl, this event sells out each time, and is an evening of fun for all!

    Where else can you go and sing "Edelweiss" or "My Favorite Things" with 20,000 Angelenos under the stars? And who can yodel best to the "Lonely Goatherd" puppet show scene? And, you can "boo!" and hiss all you want whenever the Baroness appears on the screen!

    It is soooooo fun, and I highly recommend it for anyone who visits Los Angeles in the summer. Plan early, as it does sell out.

    The film screening/sing a long is preceded by a costume contest, where adults, kids, groups of friends dress up as characters from the film (or as items referenced in any of the Sound of Music songs...) All attendees receive "goodie bags" with twigs of edelweiss flowers, pieces of curtain material, etc. to hold up while singing....

    FOR A SCHEDULE OF HOLLYWOOD BOWL EVENTS, GO TO: www.hollywoodbowl.com

    Tickets range from over $100 for box seats to $3 for the very last row. There is a ticket price for all income levels.

    The website also has helpful information on Shuttle locations, picnicking rules, etc.

    Enjoy a perfect evening in Los Angeles....under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl!

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    Studio Tours

    by KenInLA Written Jul 18, 2004

    Seeing the inside of a studio is what Hollywood is all about! There are several choices, depending on your time, means and interest. For families with children the decision is easy: Universal Studios Hollywood, which is both theme park and working studio. It is very entertaining for the kids. However, you get no feel for how a studio actually functions. Next, for a quick inexpensive look at a real working lot, try Paramount Studios tour (purchase tickets at the visitor info window for tours weekdays only). Small groups get to walk about the lot, visiting various departments and sound stages, and gives a good introduction to the business of movie making. If you have more time and considerably more money, the Warner Brothers VIP tour is the best of the bunch--a half day of walking about the stages, wardrobe and prop departments, and time to observe an actual shoot on the back lot. No other experience shows a visitor how a studio runs as well as this tour, and should completely demystify the process for most, as shooting a film is time-consuming, often quite boring, and markedly less glamorous than the Hollywood PR folk want you to believe. It's really a lot of work, and watching a crew is not much more exciting than observing workers on any other industrial tour. The finished product is where the magic lies, and I would urge you to buy a ticket to Grauman's Chinese after you've completed your Hollywood excursion and see a movie in an honest-to-goodness golden era movie palace, right in the middle of the town that created it.

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    Wander Around Hollywood & Highland

    by Sunshine64 Updated May 29, 2003

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    This swank new complex includes many shops, restaurants, the Renaissance Hollwood Hotel, and the Kodak Theater - where the Oscar's are held.

    The outdoor courtyard area - The Babylon Court - is modeled after the set of the 1916 silent movie Intolerance. From the walkways in the court there is an interesting view of the Hollywood sign. I tried to capture it in this picture, but the sign doesn't show up very well...

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    Watching the Stars arrive at a movie premier

    by Sunshine64 Written May 29, 2003

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    I'm not one to be impressed with celebrity, but it was such a fun buzz to watch the stars arrive at the premier of the new Pixar flick "Finding Nemo" at the El Capitan Theater.

    They closed down Hollywood Blvd in the block in front of the theater, and built this elaborate walkway and set - only to tear it down as soon as everyone was inside the show.

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    SIGHTSEEING....The best...

    by Krystynn Written Sep 12, 2002

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    SIGHTSEEING....

    The best sights I can think of is the world famous Mann's Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. Just use your feet to sweep away the litter (yuks, it's really dirty!) and you should be able to see some of biggest names in Hollywood immortalized here.

    Don't say I didn't warn you how dirty this whole area is.... Oh, and be careful not to bump into the wrong group of people. There are also lots of kinky shops selling stuffs that would make a mother blush...

    Photo Below: Took this pic from my hotel room - the Holiday Inn Hollywood. That's a pic of the EL CAPITAN THEATER (another Hollywood landmark apparently) located along Hollywood Boulevard....

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    There isn't much for a tourist...

    by Krystynn Written Sep 12, 2002

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    There isn't much for a tourist to see at the famed corner of Hollywood & Vine.... but there is one instantly recognizable landmark near that intersection: the Capitol Records building, located on Vine Street, just north of Hollywood Boulevard.

    Capitol Records was the first record company based on the West Coast and has promoted such acts as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Duran Duran and Tina Tiner. (Scream! Scream!).

    Oh and John Lennon's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is right outside the Capitol Records building.... Check it out.

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