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Alto Nido Apartments 
1851 N. Ivar Ave. 

Location of William Holden's apartment in the '50s film noir classic "Sunset Boulevard" in which he co-starred with Gloria Swanson.

American Film Institute 
2021 N. Western Ave., 
(323) 856-7600.
 
Immaculate Heart College's 1906 campus buildings now house possibly the best and most accessible film & video libraries in the world. 

American Society of Cinematographers 
1782 N. Orange, 
(323) 876-5080. 

Built in 1903, this classic Mission Revival residence has been lovingly cared for by the Society since 1936. Please call before visiting the Library and small Museum. Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. www.cinematographer.com 

The Argyle (formerly Sunset Tower)
8358 Sunset Blvd., 
(323) 654-7100. 

Completed in 1931, it originally consisted of 46 apartments, and was once home to such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, the Gabor Sisters and many more. Now a 64-room luxury hotel listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. 

Autry Museum of Western Heritage
4700 Western Heritage Way, (323) 667-2000.

Founded by Gene Autry, "The Singing Cowboy," this outstanding state-of-the-art museum is a tribute to the spirit that won the American West. Exhibits chronicle Western history from early explorations of the Spanish Conquistadors and Lewis & Clark to the present day. Open Tues-Sun, 10am - 5 pm. Thurs. free after 4pm and open until 8pm.

Bethany Towers 
1745 N. Gramercy PI., 
(323) 467-3121.

Formerly Marsden Apartments built by Mary Pickford's mother, Jack Benny lived in its penthouse apartment. Now Hollywood's largest non-profit senior residence. 

Bronson Caves 
Brush Canyon. (At the top of Canyon Drive.)
Served as backdrops for countless movies and TV shows: gunfights on "Gunsmoke" and "Bonanza" the jungle island in the original "King Kong," the first Gene Autry serial, "The Phantom Empire," a distant planet in "Star Trek: The Movie," and the entrance to Batman's bat cave in TV's "Batman" and the first "Batman" movie.

Cahuenga Pass 
Ancient gateway to Hollywood was used for centuries by Native Americans who called it "Cahuenga, little hills," traveled by Spanish explorer Don Gaspar dePortola and used 80 years later by Kit Carson. In 1886, Kansas prohibitionist Harvey Wilcox and his wife, Daeida, bought 120 acres of the Cahuenga Valley and named their home "Hollywood." In 1911, much to everyone's dismay, the movies came to town and it went from a sleepy village to one of world renown.

Capitol Records 
1750 N. Vine St., 
(323) 462-6252.

World's first circular office building and one of Hollywood's landmarks. Dedicated in 1956, light on its rooftop spire flashes 
"H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D" in Morse code. Gold albums of its many artists displayed in lobby. John Lennon and other Capitol artists' stars in sidewalk.


Celebrity Centre International/Manor Hotel 
5930 Franklin Ave., 
(323) 960-3100. 

Owned by Church of Scientology, the former Chateau Elysee was Hollywood's first residential hotel. Guests included Clark Gable, Mary Pickford, Carole Lombard, Cary Grant, George Burns & Gracie Allen, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Ginger Rogers and the creator of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs. The hotel has been spectacularly restored and is open to the public, as is its Renaissance Restaurant. 

Charlie Chaplin Studio 
(Jim Henson Productions)
1416 N. LaBrea Ave, 
(323) 802-1500

Built in 1918 to resemble a row of English country homes, Chaplin made many of his classic films here including "Modern Times" and "City Lights." Formerly A&M Records, the studio was recently purchased by Jim Henson Productions, who honored Chaplin with a statue of Kermit the Frog dressed like the Little Tramp. Tours are sometimes available; call for information. 

Chateau Marmont 
8221 Sunset Blvd" 
(323) 656-1010, 

Historical-cultural landmark hotel for the famous since 1927. Its fantasy-Iike Tudor architecture is a perfect example of the style of the times. 

CBS/Columbia Square 
6121 5unset Blvd" 
(323) 460-3000, 

Now local CBS radio and TV station, this was once the main Hollywood network headquarters from which well known early TV shows, such as "The Jack Benny Show," emanated.

Comedy Store
8433 Sunset Blvd, Located on site of Ciro's, 

One of Hollywood's most famed nightclubs in its Golden Era. 

Crossroads of the World 
6671 Sunset Blvd., 
(323) 463-5611, 

Historical landmark built as "the world's first modern shopping center" in 1936, an architectural potpourri with Streamline Moderne, Spanish Colonial, Tudor, Moorish and French Provincial styles. Now an office complex, it is listed on National Register of Historic Places. 

De Longpre Park 
6500 De Longpre Ave. 

A lovely "pocket" park in neighborhood one block south of Sunset Blvd. Features two sculptures of Rudolph Valentino. 

Eastman Kodak Company
6700 Santa Monica Blvd. 

Historic offices for its Motion Picture Film Division. Film is still THE medium in Hollywood and Kodak's recent $8 million addition houses digital technology center and film preservation vaults.

Larry Edmunds Book Store
6644 Hollywood Blvd., 
(323) 463-3273. 

Believed to have the largest collection of theatre- and film-related books in Los Angeles, selling photographs, posters and other memorabilia from the movies. Mon-Sat. 10am- 6pm.

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd. 

Built in 1922 by impresario Sid Grauman (famed for his Chinese Theatre). Egyptian decor inspired by twenties King Tut craze complete with hieroglyphic murals, a sunburst with giant scarab ceiling decoration above the stage. Site of Hollywood's first movie premiere, "Robin Hood" with Douglas Fairbanks. Cecil B. DeMille premiered "The Ten Commandments" here in 1923. It has been beautifully restored by American Cinematheque. 

El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd., 
(800) Disney-6. 

Built in 1925 as a legitimate theatre. Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" opened here in 1939. Refurbishing in 1942 concealed its lavish interior converting it to the Hollywood Paramount where many films, including "Doctor Zhivago," premiered in the '50s and '60s. This treasure was restored to its former glory thanks to Disney and Pacific Theatres and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ennis-Brown House 
1655 Glendower Ave., 
(313) 668-0234. 

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1924 Tours Tues, Thurs, Sat by reservation. Reservation required. Tour hours: 11am, 1pm & 3pm. $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and children. www.ennisbrownhouse.com 

Original Farmers Market 
3rd St. and Fairfax Ave., 
(313) 933-9211. 

An historic landmark, Los Angeles tradition and world-famous tourist attraction for more than 60 years. Summer hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm, 
Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 10am- 7pm.

Ferndell Park 
Ferndell Dr. & Los Feliz. Stream with waterfalls banked by ferns imported from all over the world. Gabrielino Indians lived in this area 10,000 years ago. Used often as film and TV location.

First United Methodist Church of Hollywood
6817 Franklin Ave. 

Used in many movies most notably the 1952 classic "War of The Worlds" where terrified people took shelter in the church to get away from the invading Martians. 

Frederick's of Hollywood 
6608 Hollywood BIvd., 
(313) 466-8506. 

World famous lingerie shop. Retrospective exhibition of vintage under fashions dating back to 1946. Celebrity lingerie Hall of Fame salutes stars of stage, screen and TV who "glamorized" lingerie. Open daily. Free admission. 


Samuel & Harriet Freeman House
1962 Glencoe Way, (323) 851-0671. 
Built in 1924 by Frank Lloyd Wright, this remarkable home's interior furnishings were designed by Rudolf Schindler. The house has a unique history as a salon of the avant-garde and a haven for artists in the early '50s.

Frances Howard Goldwyn Public Library -1623 N. Ivar, (323) 467-1821. 
Newer Hollywood landmark designed by Frank Gehry with multi-media facilities and special collections. After a devastating fire, the Hollywood Public Library was rebuilt by the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation and renamed. Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-8pm. Fri & Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun 1-5pm. 

Gower Gulch 
Sunset Blvd. at Gower. 

Located near studios where many Westerns were filmed, the area was a hangout for studio cowboys waiting to be called for their next scene. Now recalled in a Western-style shopping center. 

Grauman's Chinese Theatre 
6925 Hollywood Blvd., 
(323) 464-6266.

This recently refurbished theatre was built by Sid Grauman in 1927 and is one of Hollywood's icons. The famous footprint ceremonies were inaugurated in 1927 by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.

Griffith Observatory 
2800 E. Observatory Rd., 
(323)
664-1191. 
Film buffs will recall it as the location for final scenes from "Rebel Without a Cause."

Griffith Park 
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 Sun-Thurs 10am-midnight, Fri & Sat 10am-1am.


Historic Hollywood 
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. 
(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.
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. 

Hollywood Boulevard
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.
 

 

Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave., 
(323) 850-2000.
 
A Hollywood icon and world-class cultural attraction, the Bowl is an important part in the history of the performing arts in Los Angeles. Note Art Deco harpist at fountain at entrance.

Hollywood Bowl Museum 
2301 N. Highland Ave., 
(323) 850-2058.
 
Located on the grounds of the Hollywood Bowl. Features photos, film footage, programs and artifacts on the history of the Bowl. Visit the "Come Make Noise Exhibit." Free admission and parking. Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-4:30pm or 8:30pm on performance evenings. Parking free before 4pm on concert days. 

Hollywood Center Studios
1040 N. Las Palmas. 

Located in the Industry District, home of early Harold Lloyd movies and, later, Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope. Jean Harlow began her career here in Howard Hughes' 1927 production of "Hell's Angels." 

Hollywood Entertainment Museum
7021 Hollywood Blvd., 
(323) 465-7900. 

Located in the Hollywood Galaxy Complex, this long-awaited museum showcases the contributions of film, television, radio and recording through an array of exciting shows and exhibits. Admission: $8.75 adults, $4 children. Hours: 10am-6pm daily except Wednesday, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Hollywood Farmers Market 
(323) 463-3171. 

Sundays from 8:30am to 1pm all year round. Located on Ivar Ave. between Hollywood and Sunset Blvds. Also Wednesdays in the Sears Parking lot at Santa Monica BIvd. and St. Andrews Pl., 1:30pm-5:30pm and Fridays at the 1100 Block of Cole Ave., 10:30am-3pm. Fresh produce, crafts and entertainment.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd., (323) 469-1181.

The final resting place of many of Hollywood's legends including Rudolf Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Cecil B. De Mille, Jayne Mansfield, Marion Davies, Tyrone Power, Peter Lorre, Hattie McDaniels, Peter Finch, Edgar G . Robinson, "Bugsy" Siegel, John Huston and others. Noteworthy are the stained glass windows, possibly crafted by Tiffany, in the Mausoleum. A map to the graves can be purchased at the gift shop near the front gates. 

Hollywood Gateway 
S/E corner of Hollywood Blvd. & La Brea Ave.
This gazebo pays homage to legendary women in film. The Gateway depicts Dolores Del Rio, Anna Mae Wong, Mae West, and Dorothy Dandridge. Sculpture by Catherine Hardwicke and Hari West. 

Hollywood Heritage Museum 
2100 N. Highland Ave., 
(323) 874-2276. 

First feature-length movie, "The Squaw Man," was filmed in this barn. Original location near Selma and Vine was first site of Paramount Pictures started by Cecil B. DeMille and Jesse Lasky. The barn was declared a California Historical Monument in 1956 and was moved from Paramount to its present location in 1982 by Hollywood Heritage, Inc. and now is a museum of silent pictures. Hours: Sat-Sun, 11am-3:30pm.


Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd., 
(323) 960-2331.
Hollywood's newest attraction, site of the Academy Awards, featuring shopping, dining, entertainment, events, and star quality accommodations all within the re-created set of D.W. Griffith's 1916 classic film "Intolerance."


Hollywood High School 
1521 N. Highland Ave., 
(323) 461-3891.
 
Famous alumni include James Garner, John Ritter, Jason Robards, Stephanie Powers, Jean Peters, Rick and David Nelson, Marge Champion, Sally Kellerman, Charlene Tilton and Carol Burnett. Alumni Museum honors graduates who "achieved the honorable" and exhibits memorabilia donated by former students. Art Deco and Moderne styles in WPA-built science and liberal arts buildings. Mural now in progress

Hollywood Hills 
From Los Feliz to Beverly Hills, prime residential property developed in the '20s offers historical perspective, intriguing neighborhoods, and an ambiance that is both secluded and surrounded by the densely populated city that hums and shimmers below. 

Hollywood Historical Review 
7000 Hollywood Blvd., 
(323) 466-7000,

At the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, mezzanine level. Exhibit highlights the "hot spots" of the '30s, the advent of the talkies and architectural classics. Open to public. 

Hollywood History Museum
1660 N. Highland Ave., 
(323) 464-7776.

Located in the historic Max Factor Building, the Museum celebrates America's greatest achievement in motion pictures. Glamorous costumes, props, make-up, "special effects" and movie magic of famous stars and films. Hours: Sun-Fri, 10am-6pm, Sat, 10am-11pm. 

Hollywood Magic Store 
6614 Hollywood Blvd., 
(323) 464-5610. 

Catering to the professional and amateur magician, a must for magic tricks from the simple to complex.

Hollywood Palace 
1623 N. Vine St., 
(323) 462-3000.

www.hollywoodpalace.com Opened in 1927 as the Hollywood Playhouse, it was the El Capitan in the 40's and hosted the famed Ken Murray's "Blackouts." 
Renamed the Hollywood Palace in the 60's it has found a new audience.

Hollywood Post Office 
1615 Wilcox Ave. Built in 1936, 

it is listed on National Register of Historic Places. Above an inside door is a wood relief "The Horseman," carved by the WPA artist Gordon Newell in 1937. 

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel 
7000 Hollywood Blvd., 
(323) 466-7000. 

Built in 1927, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks were among the original owners. The first Academy Awards banquet was held in the hotel's Blossom Room in 1929. Renovation revealed the original Spanish design, balconies, handcrafted columns and ceilings. 

Hollywood Sign 
Originally built on Mt. Lee in 1923 for $21,000 as a temporary sign to promote Hollywood land real estate development. The 50 foot high letters were made of wood and illuminated with a line of 20-watt bulbs around each letter. With the "LAND" letters removed, by the 70's it was in terrible disrepair until the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce spearheaded a campaign that gathered momentum and support from a diverse group of people (including playboy Hugh Hefner, rock star Alice Cooper, cowboy Gene Autry and singer Andy Williams). Each pledged $27,000 per letter rebuilding a new all metal landmark officially dedicated on November 11, 1978. 


Hollywood Wax Museum 
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 "Home Improvement" 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.

Janes House 
6541 Hollywood Blvd. 
(213) 689-8822.
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. 

KCET/Channel 28
4401 Sunset BIvd., 
(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 seance 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 here, a mostly forgotten man, until his death in 1948.

KTLA TV (Tribune Broadcasting) 
5800 Sunset Blvd. 

Originally Warner Brothers, in 1927 the first official sound movie "The Jazz Singer," starring AI 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. 

Lake Hollywood 
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 BIvd., (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 wildlife is! 

Mt. Hollywood Church 
4607 Prospect. 

Cross carved from a tree charred by A-Bomb that hit Hiroshima, presented to the church by survivors.

Magic Castle 
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.

Melrose Avenue 
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.

Moletown
900 N. La Brea Avenue, 
(323) 851-0111. 

Your One-Stop Studio Store for gifts and collectibles. Visit the Mole-Richardson® Museum of Lighting, a 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.


Montecito Apartments
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 streetscape. 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 Blvd.

"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. 

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 the hill.

The Outpost 
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.

Pantages Theatre 
6233 Hollywood Blvd. 

Opened in 1930 with "Floradora" starring Marion Davies and AI 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.


Paramount Studios 
5555 Melrose Ave., 
(323) 956-5000. 

Longest continuously operating film studio in Hollywood. Home of' major films since the silent era and those famous iron 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 Norma Desmond was "ready for her close up." 

Parva-Sed Apartments 
1817 N. Ivar Ave. 

Here, novelist Nathaniel West was inspired to write "The Day of the Locust." 

Plummer Park
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.

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. 

RKO STUDIOS
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. 

Raleigh Studios
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 were filmed.

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 & Sat, 10am-12NOON.

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, Sun 11am-6pm. 

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 nights. Call (323) 666-5004 for info. 

Samuels-Navarro House 
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) 

Schindler House 
835 N. Kings Rd., 
(323) 651-1510.
 
Rudolph Schindler's home, now a center for study of 2Oth century architecture. Self-guided tours Wed-Sun 11am-6pm. Docent tours Sat & Sun. Admission $5. 

Shakespeare Bridge 
Franklin Ave. between Myra Avenue & St. George St., Los Feliz. Walk over to the Elizabethan Age over this beloved 1925 span.

Storer House 
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. 

Sunset Strip 
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".

Sunset-Vine Tower
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. 

Tours 
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. Walk of Fame Official Audio Walking Tour offers self-guided tours of the nation's most famous boulevard, using a headset guide (323) 461-5800.

TV Studios 
Hollywood is the center for Television and has a 55-year history as a pioneer in TV broadcasting. KCAL/Channel 9, 5515 Melrose Ave. COP/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 60 restaurants, clubs and shops including Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, B. B. King's Blues Club and Wizard Magic Club. For information call (818) 622-4455.

Universal Studios Hollywood 
100 Universal City Plaza, 
(818) 508-9600.
Universal Studios Hollywood, the world's largest movie studio theme park, featuring such moviemaking attractions as "Terminator 2: 3D," "Jurassic Park - The Ride," "WaterWorld - A Sea War Spectacular," "Back To The Future -The Ride," "The E.T. Adventure," "Backdraft," "Rugrats Magic Adventure," "King Kong," "Earthquake - The Big One," " A Tribute to Lucy" "Nickelodeon-themed Adventure Zone" and the all new Special Effects Stages and Spiderman Rocks! Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, Mon-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat & Sun 8am-10pm. Admission: $45 adult, children 3-9 years $35, seniors $43. For information call (818) 622-3801. Located off the Hollywood Freeway at the Universal Center Drive and Lankershim exits. (see Universal City Walk) 


Vedanta Society Hollywood Temple 
1946 Vendata 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. 

Visitor/Tourist Information 
6231 Hollywood BIvd., 
(323) 469-9860. 

New center to open at Hollywood & Highland.

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 Hollywood personalities. 

Wattles Mansion 
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. 

West Hollywood 
(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 Heights 
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, Francis X. Bushman, William Faulkner, Carmen Miranda and Norma Shearer all lived at one time. Built by H. J. Whitley to resemble an Italian hill town, it was completed in 1918.

Yamashiro Restaurant 
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.

 

 

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