2800 E. Observatory Rd., (323) 664-1191. Film buffs will recall it as
the location for final scenes from “Rebel Without a Cause.” Closed for
This is not only the largest park in Los Angeles, but also the largest
city park in the U.S., providing hiking and riding trails, golf, tennis,
playgrounds and a zoo.
Guinness World Records Museum
6764 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 463-6433. Brings the best-selling book’s
record-breaking achievements to life through videos, laser discs, computers,
custom sound and life-size replicas. Located in Hollywood’s first movie
house, The Hollywood, now a National Register Landmark. Open daily 10am-midnight.
The serious discoverer can read John Pashdag’s “Hollywoodland U.S.A.,”
Charles Lockwood’s “Guide to Hollywood,” Ken Schessler’s “This Is Hollywood,
The Movie Lover’s Guide to Hollywood,” “The Ultimate Hollywood Tour
Book” by William A. Gordon and “Hollywood: The First 100 Years” pictorial
history by Bruce Torrance. Additional information can be obtained from
Hollywood Heritage, Inc. Also see listings for Hollywood Boulevard and
Tours. (323) 874-4005.
Hollyhock House (Barnsdall Art Park)
4800 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 913-4157. Designed by architect Frank Lloyd
Wright for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall and built between 1919 and 1921.
Wright based his abstract geometric motif on the flower for which it
was named. Park closed for major re-landscaping.
Hollywood American Legion Post #43
2035 N. Highland Ave., (323) 851-3030. Perhaps one of the most spectacular
of Veteran’s facilities in the U.S., this glittering spectacle of Egyptian
Revival/Moroccan art deco was built in 1929. The Post has served Hollywood's
veterans including such luminaries as Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart,
Gene Autry, Ronald Reagan, Ernest Borgnine, and Adolph Menjou since
the early 20's.
Hollywood Athletic Club
6525 Sunset Blvd. Built in 1924 as an ultra-exclusive club whose members
included Johnny Weismuller, Valentino, Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks.
Buster Crabbe was often seen doing countless laps in the indoor pool;
John Wayne once threw billiard balls from the roof; and Walt Disney
worked out. Abbott and Costello both stayed here as did Bela Lugosi.
In 1949, it was the site of the first Emmy Awards.
Since the Golden Age of Hollywood, the “Boulevard” has seen many changes,
yet many remnants of the past remain. Many Hollywood hopefuls have walked
“The Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and imagined their names embedded in
the sidewalk stars. To know the “real” Hollywood, take a moment to reflect
on the illusion of this dream as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard.
The entire Boulevard is a designated historical district. Redline Tours
offers a 2-1/2 hour guided walking tour of historic and architectural
points of interest on “The Boulevard.” Departs 4 times daily from Stella
Adler Theatre, 6773 Hollywood Blvd.