When Los Angeles comes to mind, it is difficult to neglect its star-studded side. From maps of the stars' homes to the seemingly endless Walk of Fame, this city is very much synonomous with the rich and famous.
Those who want to experience the celebrity of this town could just hang out at the usual spots like Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Then again, a more iconic Hollywood experience lurks beyond at sites like the graves of old starlets and inside 1920s structures.
Party crash at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel: Aside from being the location where Lindsay Lohan has been arrested and numerous other young Hollywood stories have taken place, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is the birthplace of the Academy Awards. The 1927 building exudes old Hollywood with its vintage neon signage and Art Deco exterior.
Even if you can’t stay here, travelers arriving on flights to Los Angeles should pop in the lobby to see this Hollywood staple. Host to poolside parties and the Marilyn Monroe Suite, the Roosevelt Hotel is considered an architectural highlight in Los Angeles. A number of movies have been filmed here including Almost Famous. The hotel has put up the likes of Clark Cable and Marilyn Monroe.
Go on location to Los Angeles’ famous settings: Los Angeles is teaming with familiar settings, some you have probably seen on the small or big screen. You can take your own movie and TV tour of the city, beginning at Downtown LA’s Union Station. The spacious concourse has appeared in the films The Hustler, Pearl Harbor and The Italian Job. Continue on to the LA City Hall where scenes from Dragnet and Superman were filled.
Be sure to step inside the Bradbury Building’s atrium and iron caged elevator, seen in Chinatown and Blade Runner. If you would rather leave the touring up to someone else, tours of some of Los Angeles’ most famous studios are offered including Universal Studios Hollywood, Warner Bros. Studio and Paramount Studios.
Attend a film at the Egyptian Theater: Movie premieres are seemingly an everyday occurrence in LA, but they all began at the Egyptian Theater. The landmark Hollywood Theater was where Sid Grauman staged the first Hollywood premiere. Today the refurbished 1923 building plays classic films, documentaries, independent films, and world cinema. It is also home to the American Cinematheque.
Pay respects to celebrities who have come and gone: A different way of feeling close to the celebrities of classic Hollywood is to visit their final resting places. Throughout the Los Angeles area, six public cemeteries hold the likes of Bette Davis, Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe. A visit to the small Pierce Bros. Westwood Memorial Park allows visitors to pay their respects to Truman Capote, Dean Martin and Marilyn Monroe. Monroe’s grave is marked by those infamous lipstick prints. Other greats such as Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable are also buried in Los Angeles.
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