Perhaps the most famous area of Los Angeles, Hollywood is jammed pack with film icons, historic landmarks, and of course, entertainment.
From the legendary locations of Grauman Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the Universal Studios Theme Park, this area is sure to be fun for residents and visitors alike! Hollywood also boasts an active nightlife with its many night clubs and performance venues.
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This tour includes the following stations: Hollywood/Vine, Hollywood/Highland, Universal City
Hollywood/Vine Station (Metro Red Line)
As you exit the Hollywood/Vine Metro station and proceed to street level you'll think you're in a movie palace of yesteryear. Chicano Artist, Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, captures the car culture in his renderings.
The land of glitz and glamour, Hollywood is the perfect setting for an always surprising adventure.
Across the street from the Hollywood & Vine Metro station is the Pantages Theatre (6233 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/468-1700), a Hollywood landmark, the Pantages Theatre opened in 1930, and is one of the great movie palaces of the era. It has recently undergone a $14 million restoration, hosting such Broadway musical extravaganzas as "The Lion King," "Cats," and "The Producers."
Proceed one block west on Hollywood Boulevard to Vine Street, and turn right to the Capitol Records building. Capitol Records Tower (1750 North Vine St.) is one of Hollywood's most recognized icons. In the lobby you can see gold albums of its many artists displayed.John Lennon, Garth Brooks and other Capitol artists' stars are on the sidewalk at the building.
Across the street, the ornate The Avalon (Formerly The Palace) (1735 North Vine St.), with its ornate Spanish Churrigeresque-style detail, dates back to 1927. It hosted Ken Murray's Blackouts, The Colgate Comedy Hour, the Lawrence Welk Show, This Is Your Life and The Jerry Lewis Show. Today, it's one of Hollywood's most popular live music venues.
Return back to Hollywood Boulevard.
Nearly 2,100 stars are imbedded in the Hollywood Walk of Fame along Vine Street (Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard; and Hollywood Boulevard, between La Brea Avenue and Gower Street) and extends west nearly a mile. If you're in for a walk, stroll west along the world-famed boulevard stopping at the most interesting selection of shops to be found anywhere. Don't worry about transportation as you're heading in the direction of the next Metro station. However, if you want to save some energy, jump back on the Red Line at the Hollywood/Vine Metro station.
From the Hollywood/Vine Metro station, board the Red Line towards the Hollywood/Highland Metro station..
On Sundays, make sure to check out the Hollywood Farmers Market on Ivar/Selma!
Hollywood/Highland Station (Metro Red Line)
Exit the Hollywood/Highland Metro station and proceed to street level.
As you exit the Metro station, you have arrived at Hollywood's newest destination for entertainment, style, dining and nightlife - Hollywood & Highland (6801 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/960-2331). Designed as a replica of the movie set from the silent film classic "Intolerance," the look is as both a fresh and nostalgic view of Hollywood. The complex includes shops, fun kiosks, restaurants galore, movie theatres and at its centerpiece, the Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards. A must during your Hollywood visit is a backstage tour of the theater. Don't miss the photo opportunities and picture perfect views of the Hollywood sign. For more Hollywood information, stop by the Visitors Center on the second level.
Close to Hollywood & Highland, you'll find an interesting selection of museums to choose from. Proceed to the southeast corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
If you're up for the unusual, Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium(6780 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/466-6335) has its share of the bizarre.
However, just south on Highland is a wonderful piece of Hollywood's Past. The Hollywood History Museum (1660 Highland Ave.; 323/464-7776), a National Registered Landmark and housed in the former Max Factor Building, the beautifully restored façade provides a glimpse of the glamour of yesteryear. The interior of the Max Factor Studio has been faithfully recreated and the upper floors house memorabilia and costumes. Next door, is Mel's Drive-In Hollywood (1650 N. Highland Ave.; 323/465-3111), featuring photos from the making of American Graffiti served up with malts, burgers and fries.
Just a block south, the façade of Hollywood High School (1521 N. Highland Ave.) features a spectacular mural by artist Eloy Torrez. It depicts a number of famous alumni including Rick Nelson, Judy Garland and other famous legends of cinema.
Return back to the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, and proceed east on Hollywood.
See your favorite stars immortalized in wax in scenes from their films at the Hollywood Wax Museum (6767 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/462-5991). Amazing wax artistry and special effects bring visitors face-to-face with favorite stars for a real Hollywood adventure.
The Guinness World Records Museum (6764 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/463-6433) brings the book's record-breaking achievements to life through computers, video, sound and life-like replicas. Located in one ofHollywood's first movie houses, "The Hollywood," the building is on the National Register.
Across the street, see Musso and Frank's Grill (6667 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/467-7788) in operation since 1919, it is Hollywood's oldest and most enduring restaurant. Writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and Raymond Chandler were frequent diners along with Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks.
For a good look at Hollywood's past, visit the magnificently restored Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/466-FILM), built by Sid Graumann in 1922, and view the film Hollywood Forever. Next door, the Pig'n Whistle Restaurant (6714 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/463-0000) serves old Hollywood elegance with a modern touch.
The array of fantasy wig and shoe stores is enough to boggle the mind. Stop at the original Frederick's of Hollywood (6608 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/466-8506) and tour its museum. Visit the Hollywood Magic Shop (6614 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/464-5610), where magicians from the Magic Castle shop.
Stop in at the Hollywood Toys & Costumes (6600 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/464-4444) one of the largest selections of costumes, masks and make-up in LA.
Turn around and proceed west on Hollywood Boulevard back towards Hollywood & Highland.
Next to the Hollywood & Highland complex is the famed Grauman's Chinese Theatre (6925 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/461-9624), a Hollywood icon built in 1927 by Sid Grauman.The theater has hosted many star-studded movie premiers and events since Hollywood's early days. Its famous hand and footprints, a tradition that started with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in 1927, is Hollywood's favorite star-studded stop.
Two blocks west is the Hollywood Entertainment Museum (7021 Hollywood Blvd. 323/465-7900) which provides visitors with a behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry. Sets from Star Trek, Cheers and The X Files are on display. The museum's interactive displays revolve around Hollywood, the place and the live components of the entertainment industry: television, film, radio, sound recording and new media.
Cross the street and proceed back east on Hollywood Boulevard.
For an overview of the development of Hollywood from its early years, stop in the heart of the action at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/466-7000), a landmark listed on the National Register. In 1929, in its Blossom Room, the first Academy Awards were held.
Continuing east on Hollywood Boulevard, you'll pass the Neoclassic Revival Masonic Temple (6840 Hollywood Blvd.)(D.W. Griffith's funeral was held here), now a TV production studio from which ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Show emanates.
The Historic El Capitan Theatre (6838 Hollywood Blvd.; 323/467-7674) is where Disney launches its family fare, and often presents a live show prior to the feature. If the show isn't happening today, no matter. The interior of this restored movie palace is a treat, while a pre-show concert on a classic Wurlitzer organ delights young and old alike.
Return back to the Hollywood/Highland Metro station and take the Red Line one stop to the Universal City Metro station.
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Exit the Universal City Metro station and follow the signs to Universal Studios Hollywood.
There's no place better to end the day, than at Universal Studios Hollywood (100 Universal City Plaza; 818/508-9600). The world's largest movie and television studio, make sure to take the Studio Tour to visit the backlot and home of Universal Pictures. You will pass sound stages where The Scorpion King, Jurrasic Park, The Hulk and many other movies were filmed. Just next door to the Park, shop, dine and enjoy evening nightlife along Universal City Walk.