Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles
There are people who enjoy visiting cemeteries while traveling and this is one that some people might like to know about. This was originally called, "Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery" from 1899 and most of the interred are pioneers of the Film Industry. The cemetery was miss managed after a time and fell into disrepair. A hundred years later in 1998 the Cemetery was bought and renamed Hollywood Forever. Since then there has been effort to restore the original glory.
A most unusual way to keep Hollywood Forever viable and renowned is to offer Movies at the Cemetery. Since 2002, Cinespia , screened films are shown on weekends during the summer and on holidays. Against the white marble of the Cathedral Mausoleum the films are shown after sundown. People crowd the area with their blankets and picnic baskets scattered on the lawn to enjoy a movie. It's quite popular so buy your tickets on line, about two or three weeks before your visit or you'll miss the chance.
Dress Code: SDress code is summer casual, but remember to bring jackets to keep warm after sundown.
Cinespia sponsors the Summer Series "Cemetery Screenings". This is a great event, and could just as easily be racked under "local customs" for the large Angeleno turnout.
The Cemetery Screenings are true local events. Each Saturday during the Summer, a different movie is screened on the wall of the mortuary at the famed "Hollywood Forever" Cemetery. Swarms of hipsters gather at the entrance, picnic baskets in hand, and wait eagerly for the gates to open. The films track towards Hollywood's golden age ("Psycho", "Chinatown"), but the lineup can vary. This one evening, "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" played, and all the major cast members showed up to celebrate the showing!
Bring your own wine and food - as well as blankets, flashlights, and a boardgame. Select DJs spin before the film begins, as well. Great time!
Dress Code: Casual - but don't be surprised if everyone around you looks like a famous rock star or celeb on the down low. Entrance is $10/pp "donation". But, don't be fooled. "Donation" here means "pay it".
Hollywood Forever (Hollywood Cemetery) and Sinespia has gotten together to make below and above the stars. Here you can watch an old film while picnicing in the cemetery.
Dress Code: There is no dress code, but it does get cold at night. I recommend a warm blanket and a jacket.