Hollywood, Los Angeles
Taking a "Hollywood Homes Tour" was one of the most popular things to do while in L.A.. We all did it, hoping for a glimpse of our favorite stars. Of course,for a few reasons, we rarely saw any recognizable personage. One of the main obstacles was, the high hedges and high walls, which kept out our prying eyes so residents might have a bit of privacy.
So many tour companies sprouted up that the Stars pretty much stopped buying homes in Hollywood, Beverly Hills or even Brentwood. When you take a Hollywood Homes Tours these days, you'll still see Star homes but most of the Stars are not ones you might know, might not still live in the home and many have already died.
Though the days have faded where you might be inclined to buy a "Map of the Star's Homes." However, if you are interested, you can still drive up into the hills of Hollywood, Beverley Hills and Brentwood to see life from the perspective of the rich and famous past.
Arclight Cinema offers the ultimate movie watching experience for film aficionados. We love seeing films in the Arclight cinerama dome. For experience, the ticket price is significantly more than all other movie theatres, at $14 a pop.
It has 14 theatres and a cinerama dome. Each theatre has stadium seating and large screen. The Dome is da bomb with the screen one third the size of the theatre itself. The best part of Arclight is that you pick your seat when purchasing the ticket.
The cinema also hosts film festivals, film screenings followed by Q&A sessions, and over-21 screening where you can drink and watch.
On a recent trip, we saw Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake hanging out in the Cafe Bar section of the theatre.
Address: 6360 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA
Next to Amoeba Music
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.
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.
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.
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.
...THE CHINESE THEATRE,...
I even saw a movie here but can't remember which one, lol...the inside was all bright red colored a bit 70's like but with a modern extra wide screen, latest sound system and a real good airconditionning!
Life in L.A. is extremely fast paced. I haven't found many places to relax. I am used to the European type of get-together, which is more social then here.
Nevertheless, one of few oasises is 'The Pig' in Hollywood.
Its a student coffee house with 2 pool tables and an interesting crowd. Very kicked back. Franklin Ave.
The Roosevelt Hotel was in it's day the place to stay in Hollywood, opened in 1927 to house east coast movie makers.
Located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, a block west of Grauman's Chinese Theater
We drove through the area and got really close to the sign.
Go north on Cahuenga and drive along the 101, turn right at Barham and right at Lake Hollywood and carry on going straight.
My short visit included driving and stopping at all major landmarks:...===> Check them out next pages...