Once called Bolton Canyon, the Hollywood Bowl began in 1922 when it's audience sat on wooden benches and its stage was nothing more than a couple of sheets of wood where it's entertainers would perform from. Since its simple beginnigs the Los Angeles Phiharmonic has been performing here. Such celebrities such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Elton John, Phil Collins, Cher, Glen Campbell, and Josh Groban who was performing on a beautiful 4th of July night.
Address: 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollwood, CA 90068
Directions: Off the 101 Freeway.
The Kodak Theatre is not terribly remarkable from the outside, it's a modern building that opened in 2001, but if you are a huge theater buff and count the days down until the Oscars (apparently there are fewer and fewer people doing that every year), you'll at least want to catch a glimpse of the place where the celebs work the red carpet once a year.
During the year there are performances held here and you can go on a guided tour of the theatre, information is on the attached website as well as a discount coupon currently.
I debated whether to put this under Tourist Trap or not. I don't remember going to this museum, and i generally don't go to Wax Museums. But I have this photograph.
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 10am-12am; Fri-Sat: 10am-2am
adults ca. $7.95,
children (6-12) ca. $4.95,
seniors ca. $6.50
The website says" One of the best treats is the Chamber of Horrors with movie classics like Frankenstein"s Monster, Dracula, the Wolfman, and the Phantom of the Opera"
A cafe is supposed to be good for their tea and coffee. And that's what Urth is great at. Just about all their stuff is premium compared to a starbucks or coffee bean. They even draw a butterfly or flower with the froth on the top of the coffee.
Not to mention this is definitely a celeb sighting type of place. And anyone who've watched Entourage have seen this place on the show. It's on every other episode. Pretty fun spot.
Oh my gosh! This is such great fun and only during the summer. The Forever Hollywood Cemetery on Santa Monica Boulevard hosts a movie on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Gates open at 7:30 pm with movie starting at 9pm. Get there early, seating is first come, first serve. Oh and bring your picnic blanket and/or low lawn chairs, too! And, bring your picnic basket, wine or beer, too! Entry is $10 per person and if you opt to park in the cemetery it's $5.
By the way, this is a beautiful cemetery and you might want to check it out even if you don't want to come for movie night.
6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038.
This is going to be an odd suggestion since I have never been inside the El Capitan Theatre. My daughter has been several times. I hear it is a wonderful theatre, beautifully decorated inside. The seats are especially comfortable. Disney owns this theatre so more than likely you will end up seeing a Disney movie if you go there. It's right across the street from the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.
I'm a fan of local farmer's markets and craft fairs. This one is a great place when you need to get away from the LA big city rush. They section off a T of streets, allowing over 60 vendors to put up their tents. The stands range from local honey, fresh flowers, nurserys, bison, bread, cheese, and gorgeous vegtables of all shapes and sizes--including garbanzo beans still on the stalk. One side street is committed to food stands where you can eat Cuban, tamales---or vegetarian to die for (see the photo).
Musicians of all abilities pepper the streets, and one small section houses nice handicrafts like homemade soaps and woven shawls. A treat for Sunday morning!!! Goes from 8 to 1 so get there early.
Located at the intersection of Selma and Ivar. Public parking for $3.
If visiting LA in the summer, you do yourself a disservice not visiting the Bowl. This open air amphitheater is what made me love LA. There are even plenty of cheap shows geared to families. If you don't have kids, buy a bottle of wine, pack a picnic, and enjoy one of the most refined entertainment experiences in LA.
The Pig 'n Whistle was Hollywood's first family restaurant that welcomed children, opened in 1927, and was the place to stop for a bite to eat after seeing a show at the nearby Egyptian theater. On either side of the name on the front of the building, you can see a dancing flute playing pig.
Located at 6714 Hollywood Boulevard
When coming to LA most people have Hollywood on the top of their list, of course. But Hollywood is just a small part of what LA is. As a local i come to Hollwood quite often. I like going to The Hollwood and Highland mall, El Capitan Theatre (when i have the kids), Walking around people watch. and of course to go eat. There are alot of tourist here with a totally different impression of what they expect Hollywood to look like. Most people have the impression that Hollywood will look like what Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive look like. Its totally different and very unique.
When you come here, have an openned mind and expect to see the bazar. Also dont expect to see celebrities just walking around. You MIGHT see someone but you might not.
The El Capitan Theater was opened in 1926, one of three theatres developed by Charles Toberman in conjunction with Sid Grauman (the other two being the Egyptian and the famous Chinese theatre) in what was at the time a thriving entertainment district. It was used as a live theatre in the 1920s and 1930s, changed over to a movie theater in the 1940s and renamed the Hollywood Paramount.
Unfortunately I didn't get to see the interior of this theatre, it has been restored by the Disney company and was reopened in 1991 as a movie theater which also holds special events on occasion so you have to buy a ticket to see the interior.
Located at 6838 Hollywood Blvd.
For some more photos, see the travelogue
Although the attached website says that the Egyptian was renovated and reopened in 1998, I took the attached photo from behind a barricade so there is still obviously some work going on.
The Egyptian was Sid Grauman's first movie palace in Hollywood and the venue for the very first movie premiere, Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks.
It was closed in 1992 and according to the website reopened in 1998. There's a much better picture of the facade on their website, the barricades made a good picture impossible for me.
The website says they are still showing movies there and I imagine with an infusion of $15 million that the interior was renovated pretty nicely so if you have a little extra time maybe you can catch a movie in one of the classic old time movie theaters in Hollywood.
Located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Virtually all of the legendary restaurants of Old Hollywood have vanished but Musso & Frank Grill opened in 1919 and Hollywood's oldest restaurant is still going strong. It was frequented by many celebrities, gossip columnists Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons frequently interviewed people here, Charlie Chaplin was a regular and a number of writers including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Aldous Huxley and William Faulkner (who lived in a nearby hotel) dined here.
I didn't eat here, the review in Fodor's says "Expect high prices and some attitude", the LA Times review is a bit more kind.
Located at 6667 Hollywood Blvd.
Smack dab in the middle of Hollywood is Runyon Canyon.
Its a slice of nature among the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles. On a clear day you can see all the way to the ocean, down to Long Beach or eastward to downtown out towards the mountains. In the winter or spring, which is the best visibility, the mountains are often snocapped.
The view anyday is quite amazing though. This is a great place to take visitors, or even yourself for some alone time if you need to commune with nature. When I first moved here, it helped me set my bearings on Los Angeles. You can see quite a few landmarks including: the arclight, Yamashiro's, Capitol Records, Century City, Downtown LA, The Hollywood Sign, Madonna's Old House, etc...
I go here to excercise by either running or hiking up one of the paths. If you enter through the Fuller gate you can go right or left when the path branches off. The path to the right is steep and will wind those who arent in the best of shape. The path to the left is paved and a little easier to walk up.
There is also a steeper hiking trail that branches off the paved trail to the left, for those who ironmen, like me.
Another plus is that you can bring dogs and take them off leash!
One more plus is that a lot of attractive young hollywood types like to hike this and show off there bodies very unmodestly. People + dog watching galore!
The idea of watching movies at a cemetary was creepy but intriguing. Only in LA! Hollywood Forever Cemetary is the final resting spot for Hollywood legends like Cecil B. DeMille and Jayne Mansfield. Movie screenings are shown over the weekends and on death anniversaries of some of the famous inhabitants of the park. Bring a picnic basket, wine, food and relax under the hollywood stars amongst Los Angelenos...everyone is friendly and cordial...what unites the crowd is the love of movies. Black and white, classics, film noir...indies...make sure to call before you. Entrance is $10 per person and park opens at 7pm. Truly a unique experience.
More info: http://www.seeing-stars.com/Buried2/HollywoodMemorial.shtml