gates of Paramount, old and new, are Hollywood icons
6767 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 462-8860. See 180 of your favorite stars
in wax in scenes from their films. Hours: Sun-Thurs, 10am-midnight,
Fri-Sat, 10am-1am. Admission: $10.95/Adults, $8.50/Seniors, $6.95/Children.
Hollywood Wilshire Y.M.C.A.
1553 N. Schrader, (323) 467-4161. Serving Hollywood for over 75 years.
YMCA has undergone an $8 million renovation thanks to the fund raising
efforts of a volunteer board which includes Tim “HomeImprovement” Allen.
Hollywoodland Stone Gates
Beachwood Dr. Located at the entrance of Hollywoodland real estate development
and built of rock quarried from Griffith Park, the gate was designated
a monument in 1968. The east half of the gate is owned by Carmen Scarpitta,
daughter of famous sculptor Salvadore Scarpitta. Beachwood Village was
immortalized in the original “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” in which
it was used as a set for a town of zombies.
L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition
6331 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 960-3511. Life-like
displays depict the life of noted humanitarian and
author of “Dianetics” and “Battlefield Earth.” Open daily 10:30am-10pm.
6541 Hollywood Blvd. The last surviving Queen Anne-style Victorian residence
along the Boulevard. Between 1911 and 1926, it was the Misses Janes
Kindergarten School where children of Cecil B. DeMille, Jesse Lasky,
Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin attended classes. The restored
building has been moved to the back of the property to permit development
on the original site.
4401 Sunset Blvd., (323) 666-6500. A historical monument, the studio
has been in continuous use since 1912: Essanay Company, the Kalem Company,
Monogram Pictures, Allied Artists and now KCET Public Television. The
sound stages and red brick buildings, built in 1920, remain. In 1952,
under Allied Artists Studios, the “Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman” and
“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” were made here.
The Knickerbocker Hotel
1714 Ivar Avenue. Now a senior residence, built in 1925, it was a glamorous
hotel popular with celebrities including Rudy Valee, Gloria Swanson,
Dick Powell and Bette Davis. Errol Flynn lived here when he first came
to Hollywood and both Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley stayed many times.
Harry Houdini stayed here when he came to Hollywood and his widow held
a séance on the roof in 1936. D.W. Griffith, the director of “Birth
of a Nation” and “Intolerance” although known as “The Man Who Invented
Hollywood” lived a mostly forgotten man here until his death in 1948.
Inside the Hollywood Highland complex. Home of the Academy Awards®
and hosts the world's top performers. Guided tours.
KTLA TV (Tribune Broadcasting)
5800 Sunset Blvd. Originally Warner Brothers, in 1927 the first official
sound movie “The Jazz Singer”, starring Al Jolson, was made here. After
the advent of sound, studios needed more space and Warners moved to
Burbank using the studio mainly for production of their famous cartoons:
Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. In the 50’s, KTLA was one of the
nation’s first TV studios.
A glimpse of this mountain "lake" nestled in the hills, will
make you forget for a moment that you are in the midst of a major city.
Used as a location for countless movies and TV shows–a replica of the
dam cracked and burst in the movie “Earthquake” flooding all of Hollywood
below. Superb view of Hollywood Sign, rustic jogging trail. Sculptures
at base of the dam. Mon-Fri 6:30-10am, 2-7:30pm., Sat-Sun 6:30am-7:30pm.
Las Palmas Hotel
1750 N. Las Palmas. Julia Roberts’ humble digs before business with
Richard Gere moved her “uptown” to Beverly Hills in “Pretty Woman.”
Also Kramer’s residence when he moved temporarily from New York to Hollywood
on TV’s “Seinfeld.”
Los Angeles Fire Fighters Museum
1355 North Cahuenga Blvd., (323) 464-2727. After many years of planning,
the Los Angeles Fire Department has reconstructed the 1930 Hollywood
Fire Station No. 27 to house its historic fire fighting collection.
Displays include fire fighting apparatus dating back to the 1880’s.
Open Saturdays 10am-2pm.
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive, (323) 644-6400. At Griffith Park.For 34 years one of
the world's finest; where the real wild life is! (See FAMILY for schedule
of zoo events.)
Mt. Hollywood Church
4607 Prospect. Cross carved from a tree charred by A-Bomb that hit Hiroshima,
presented to the church by survivors.
7001 Franklin Ave., (323) 851-3313. 1909 Gothic mansion, once home to
actress Janet Gaynor, now world-famous private club for magicians. Guests
enjoy "magic" nights in "Houdini Séance Room," "Invisible
Irma Room," other dining rooms and secret chambers. Operated by
the Academy of Magical Arts, non-profit organization of 5,000 magicians
and magic enthusiasts for over 30 years.
Max Factor Building
1666 N. Highland Ave. Opened in 1935 with a “premiere” attended by Claudette
Colbert, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich and a young Judy Garland. See
Hollywood History Museum listing.
A unique collection of galleries, fashion boutiques, restaurants and
antique shops with the newest and best of fashion, trendy design and
art deco nostalgia items of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.
900 N. La Brea Avenue, (323) 851-0111. Your One-Stop Studio Store for
gifts and collectibles. Visit the Mole-Richardson® Museum of Lighting,
continuing history on the evolution of lighting within the motion picture
industry. The Mole-Richardson Company has been designing and manufacturing
lighting in Hollywood since 1927.
6650 Franklin Ave. Fine example of art deco style with Mayan influence,
listed in National Register of Historical Places. One of many apartment-hotel
residences built during Hollywood’s Golden Era. Was home to James Cagney,
Mickey Rooney, Geraldine Page, Rip Torn, Don Johnson, George C. Scott,
Ben Vereen and Ronald Reagan. Now a residence for seniors.
Murals in Hollywood
An array of murals provide diversion to the urban street scape. Master
muralist Eloy Torrez “Legends of Cinema” is being painted on front of
Hollywood High’s Auditorium on Highland Ave. Artist Richard Wyatt’s
“The Muralists” can be seen on southwest wall of Hudson (Schrader) at
Hollywood Blvd. Also on Hudson across the Boulevard on the east-facing
wall is “A Tribute to Delores Del Rio” by Alfredo de Batuc. Don’t miss
Richard Wyatt’s “Hollywood Jazz 1945-1971” on the south wall of Capitol
Records on Vine Street. “You Are A Star” by Thomas Suriya is at southwest
corner of Wilcox and Hollywood Blvd. Can you name the Hollywood stars?
For a mural that requires a little more thought, travel two blocks north
on Argyle and Franklin to find a mural by the late Dan Collins. “The
Door” (Franklin at Vine) and “The Family” (north of Franklin on Cahuenga)
by Mark Bowerman grace freeway overpasses. Noted marine artist Wyland
has “gone Hollywood” painting a whale mural on Gower at Willoughby (on
a Paramount soundstage wall). George Sportelli’s portrayals of Hollywood
celebs are visible on Highland Avenue near Hollywood High, and on Cahuenga’s
Crush Bar and Tony Curtis on the Hollywood Freeway eastbound. His latest
mural of Frank Sinatra is on west side Vine St. just north of Hollywood
“Music Box” Stairway
900 Block Vendome St., Silver Lake. Used by Laurel Hardy as the
bumbling piano deliverymen in the 1932 Oscar-winning “The Music Box.”
Other nearby steps were built as shortcuts to streetcar lines and rise
from Silver Lake reservoir for views of the hills and water.
Refer to listings for Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Frederick’s
of Hollywood Lingerie Museum, Hollywood Bowl Museum, Hollywood Entertainment
Museum, Hollywood Heritage Museum, Hollywood Historical Review, Hollywood
Wax Museum, American Society of Cinematographers, Ripley’s Believe It
or Not Museum, L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition, and Hollywood History
Musso Frank’s Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 467-7788. Hollywood’s oldest restaurant,
it was a popular hangout for writers. William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald,
Raymond Chandler, Nathaniel West, Ernest Hemingway and Dashiel Hammett.
NBC TV Studio Tours
3000 W. Alameda, (818) 840-3537. Look behind the scenes of TV production!
A 70-minute walking tour of NBC broadcasting complex departs every half
hour, 9am-3pm weekdays. First come, first served.
Old High Tower
End of Hightower Drive. Modeled after a Renaissance Italian bell tower,
its hidden working
elevator services homes, also built in the 1920’s, atop
1900 Outpost Drive. In 1847, the peace treaty ending U.S.-Mexican War
was signed in first adobe built in Hollywood. In late 1800’s, the building
was bought and lived in by L.A. Times founder Gen. Harrison Gray Otis.
Ozzie Harriet Nelson’s House
1822 Camino Palermo. Home of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson for about 40 years.
Here, David and Rick Nelson grew up, Hollywood High School, their alma
mater, is only a few blocks away. (Do not disturb occupants.)
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave., (310) 657-0800 West Hollywood's famous “Blue Whale.”
is center for design arts. Visit IdeaHouse™, two 4,000 sq. ft. homes
blending beautiful furnishings with dynamic home technology. (see VISUAL
6233 Hollywood Blvd. Opened in 1930 with “Floradora” starring Marion
Davies and Al Jolson as M.C. The first art deco movie palace in the
U.S., site of Academy Awards from 1949 to 1959, and in the ‘70s, the
Emmy Awards. Howard Hughes once had offices upstairs. An historical
and cultural landmark. (See THEATRE)
5555 Melrose Ave., (323) 956-5000. Longest continuously operating film
studio in Hollywood. Home of major films since the silent era and those
gates. The original gates are located on Bronson Ave., not on Melrose
Ave., where a new set of gates has been built. The most famous film
to feature Paramount is the classic “Sunset Boulevard” where Gloria
Swanson as Norma Desmond was “ready for her closeup.”
1817 N. Ivar Ave. Here, novelist Nathaniel West was inspired to write
“The Day of the Locust.”
7377 Santa Monica Blvd., (323) 848-6530. Part of Plummer Estate that
Helen Hunt Jackson, author of “Ramona”, visited. Park includes recreational
facilities. Farmers Market every Mon 9am-2pm. (See FAMILY)
Professional Musicians Local 47
817 N. Vine St. (323) 462-2161. Over fifty years at its Vine St. location.
Member roster reads like Who’s Who in American music.
Corner of Melrose Gower. Formerly owned by Joseph Kennedy, Howard
Hughes and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers and
Gary Cooper films were made here, along with “Topper” and “Room Service.”
Acquired by Paramount, the
familiar world globe is still visible at corner of Gower Melrose,
and its sound stages are still in use.
5300 Melrose Ave., (323) 466-3111. Dates back to 1914 and Mary Pickford.
Where classic feature films “The Mark of Zorro,” “The Three Musketeers,”
“In the Heat of the Night,” “Hopalong Cassidy” and TV’s “Superman” series
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
6780 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 466-6335. Over 300 different exhibits of
the strange, unusual and bizarre. Open Sun-Thurs, 10am-10pm, Fri
Rock Walk/Guitar Center
7425 Sunset Blvd., (323) 874-1060. Founded on November 13, 1985, Hollywood’s
Rockwalk is a
collection of handprints, signatures, and memorabilia from Rock ‘n Roll’s
greatest musical performers and innovators who have contributed the
most to forge the integrity and promote the growth of Rock ‘n Roll as
an art form. Gift shop sells collectibles; Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 11am-8pm,
Runyon Canyon Park
End of Fuller St. Historic city park, an urban wilderness. Hike the
trails and explore the relics and ruins of a Hollywood estate. Open
dawn to dusk. Guided hikes third weekend of each month and full moon
5609 Valley Oak. Here Lloyd Wright translates the textured pre-cast
concrete Mayanesque block into pressed metal. The result hints at pre-Columbian
Revival and Zigzag Moderne composition. (Private residence)
835 N. Kings Rd., (323) 651-1510. Rudolph Schindler’s home, now a center
for study of 20th century architecture. Self-guided tours Wed-Sun 11am-6pm.
Docent tours Sat Sun. Admission $5.
Franklin Ave. between Myra Avenue St. George St., Los Feliz. Walk
over to the Elizabethean Age over this beloved 1925 span.
8161 Hollywood Blvd. 1923 Frank Lloyd Wright. (Do not disturb occupants.)
Sunset Gower Studios
1438 N. Gower. Formerly Columbia Pictures (1926-1972). The classic "It
Happened One Night" was made here.
Doheny Dr.-Crescent Hts. Once-favorite night spots such as the Trocadero,
Mocambo and Ciro’s were located here outside the city limits in unincorporated
county land. Today the pleasant assortment of boutiques, restaurants,
nightclubs and hotels such as art deco landmark The Argyle and historic
Chateau Marmont are part of West Hollywood, “The Creative City”.
6290 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles’ first “skyscraper” built following the
removal of the 14-story height limitation in 1960. It also was used
as the skyscraper for “Earthquake.” Finnish sculptor Eino’s marblework
“Continuity” at building’s entrance.
Actor-guides conduct Red Line’s Inside Historic Hollywood Walking Tour
4 times daily (323) 402-1074. Bus tours to movie stars’ homes and Hollywood:
Casablanca Tours (323) 461-0156, Starline Tours 1-800-959-3131, Hollywood
Fantasy Tours (323) 469-8184. Architecture Tours L.A. has driving tours
of significant buildings (323) 464-7868. See listings for Universal
Studios Hollywood and Warner Bros. Studios. L.A. Bike Tours (323) 466-5890.
All-Star Showbiz Tours offers entertaining personalized sightseeing
tours, 1 (800) 908-3311.
Hollywood is the center for Television and has a 55-year history as
a pioneer in TV broadcasting. KCAL/Channel 9, 5515 Melrose Ave. KCOP/Channel
13, 915 N La Brea.KMEX/Channel 34, 6701 Center Drive West. KCET/Channel
28, 4401 W Sunset Blvd. KTLA/Channel 5, 5800 W. Sunset Blvd.KNBC/Channel
4, 3000 W. Alameda Ave, Burbank. TV Studio tours are offered by NBC
Studios (in Burbank), (818) 840-3537.
Universal Studios CityWalk
Universal CityWalk is a two-block long pedestrian promenade linking
Southern California's three premiere entertainment attractions–Universal
Studios Hollywood, the 6,200 seat Universal Amphitheatre and the Universal
Studio Cinema, an 18-screen movie complex plus IMAX 3D with a six-story
high screen. Universal CityWalk features more than 65 restaurants, clubs
and shops including Hard Rock Café Hollywood, B.B. King’s Blues Club,
Jillian’s HiLife Lanes and Saddle Ranch Night Club. For information
call (818) 622-4455.
Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza, 800-UNIVERSAL. The world’s largest movie studio
themepark, featuring the all-new Shrek 4-D adventure, the world-famous,
behind-the-scenes studio tour, and movie-making attractions such as
“Terminator 3: 3-D,” “Jurassic Park,” “Mummy Returns: Chamber of Doom,”
“Spider-Man Rocks,” “Special Effects Stages,” “Nickelodeon Blast Zone,”
“Waterworld - A Sea War Spectacular” and “Back to the Future-The Ride.”
Hours 9 - 9 p.m. summer. Admission: $47 adults. $37.00 for guests under
48 inches tall. Children under 3 are free. Located off Hollywood Freeway
(101) Universal Studios Blvd and Lankershim exits.
Vedanta Society Hollywood Temple
1946 Vedanta Place, (323) 465-7114. Founded by Swami Prabhavananda in
1929, preaches Vedanta, the philosophical basis of Hinduism in historic
setting. One of many religious societies that once flourished in the
Hollywood Hills. It is open to the public with a beautiful chapel. This
temple has long attracted many Hollywood luminaries to pray and meditate
including Aldous Huxley, Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh.
6231 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 469-9860. New center to open at Hollywood
Highland by August.
Walk of Fame
(323) 469-8311. A project originated by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
in 1960, the world’s most famous sidewalk contains nearly 2,000 stars
embedded along Hollywood Blvd. from La Brea to Gower, and on a portion
of the Vine St. crossing. Stars are awarded in five categories: motion
pictures, television, recorded music, radio and live theatre. About
15 new stars are dedicated each year.
Warner Bros. Studios
4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank (818) 954-1744. Where legends like Bogart,
Errol Flynn, Bette Davis and James Cagney made their mark. The VIP Tour
emphasizes the technical side of film and TV. Limited to groups of 12,
reservations required. Admission: $32. Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. (No children
under 8 years of age.)
Washington Mutual Savings Loan
1500 N. Vine St., (323) 466-1121. Unusual mosaics, murals and stained
glass created by noted California late artist Millard Sheets depict
1824 N. Curson Ave., (323) 874-4005. Private mansion completed in 1909
and maintained by Hollywood Heritage, Inc., preservationist group. The
gardens behind the mansion are open to the public.
(310) 289-2525. Billed as “The Creative City,” its irregular shape makes
it hard to know exactly when you are within its limits, but the political
coalition of residents makes it one of the U.S.’ most interesting cities.
Whitley Ave. A few blocks north of Hollywood Blvd., reality is transformed
in a residential area listed on the National Register of Historic Places
that offers an opportunity to peer into Hollywood of the 20’s. In this
neighborhood Maurice Chevalier, Beaulah Bondi, Bette Davis, Rudolph
Valentino, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Rosalind Russell, Janet Gaynor,
Francix X. Bushman, William Faulkner, Carmen Miranda and Norma Shearer
all lived at one time. Built by H. J. Whitley to resemble an Italian
hilltown, it was completed in 1918.
1999 N. Sycamore Ave., (323) 466-5125. Built in 1911 as a private residence,
this beautiful replica of a Japanese Palace has one of the most spectacular
views in the city and a perfect place to watch a Hollywood sunset. Gardens
include 600-year-old pagoda and authentic teahouse open to visitors
during the day. Scenes from “Sayonara” were filmed here.