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Guinness World Records Museum

Guests can enjoy world records from the amazing groups of Sports, Space, Animals, Food, Human Achievement and many more!

Guinness world records are brought to life through incredible displays, cool interactive games and trivia, themed galleries and video productions!

Hollywood Palladium

6215 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Start checking out your favorite artists, teams, events and venues!

Hollywood Bowl

What is the Hollywood Bowl?

Pollstar magazine's Best Major Outdoor Venue (six years in a row!), the Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the United States.

The Bowl is a friendly sociable place where Southern Californians gather to picnic and enjoy outstanding music under the stars. Throughout the summer the LA Phil presents the best in jazz, classical, Broadway, and world music, featuring artists that range from Sarah Chang to Diana Krall, John Williams to Pet Shop Boys, and Nancy Wilson to Arcade Fire.

The Bowl is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

The Bowl Walk is a great way to learn about the Bowl and enjoy the park-like grounds. Pick up a flyer at the Bowl Museum or the Information booth (next to the Box Office).

The Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue, just off the Hollywood Freeway. ( Area Map )

Please note: BOWL PARKING IS LIMITED. To assure yourself a more enjoyable experience, we highly recommend using one of the 14 Park & Ride locations or four Shuttle Bus lots. Find out more. If you do decide to drive yourself, please allow plenty of time before the concert begins.

Full information on ways to get to the Bowl
Park and Ride information, locations, and tickets
Parking Map of the Bowl

Museum of Death

6031 Hollywood Blvd. // Hollywood, CA 90028 // (323) 466-8011

Hours:
Sun-Fri 11AM - 8 PM
Sat 11am - 10pm

The World Famous Museum of Death was founded in San Diego June 1, 1995. Originally located in San Diego's 1st mortuary's in a building once owned by Wyatt Earp. Evolving from the controversial art gallery the Rita Dean, founders James Healy and Cathee Shultz realized the void in the Death education in this country and decided to make Death their Life's work.

Recently reopened at it's NEW location the Museum of Death houses the worlds largest collection of Serial Murderer Artwork, Photos of the Charles Manson Crime Scenes, the Guillotined Severed Head of the Blue Beard of Paris, Henri Landru, Original Crime Scene and Morgue Photos from the Grisly BLACK DAHLIA MURDERS, a Body Bag and Coffin collection, replicas of Full Size Execution Devices, Mortician and Autopsy Instruments, Pet Death Taxidermy, and much much more!

Also on display are videos of autopsies and serial killers, the Heaven's Gate Cult recruiting video, and the infamous Traces (not faces) of Death video, all real (not re-enacted) Death footage.

The Museum of Death is a self guided tour, lasting approximately 45 minutes to an hour, but those who can stomach it stay as long as they like, the movies run for hours.

There is not an age limit for for the Museum of Death because WE ALL DIE but we STRONGLY recommend MATURE AUDIENCES !! There have been a number of Falling Down Ovations (people passing out) at the Museum (mostly Men) so we stress being prepared for a good dose of reality!

Next door to the Museum of Death is the CHAOS GALLERY . A unique art gallery featuring local and international artists focusing on the provocative. Included art jewelry, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installation artwork. A MUST SEE for out of town visitors! Guests can also view the LIVE SIAMESE TURTLE for a nominal fee, and by purchasing a ticket to the Museum of Death, guests can view the famous turtle at No Charge!

The museum is also available for filming/rental.

Freeman House

The Samuel and Harriet Freeman House is one of the three textile-block houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Hollywood Hills in 1924. While all three homes are beautiful and dramatic, the Freeman House has been described as the clearest expression of the design rationale which underlies Wright's development of the textile block construction system: a new tech-nology and architectural vocabulary for the Southwest.

The Freeman House is among Wright's most interesting and enchanting small residences; the living room has been called by several writers one of his best rooms. Placing the house in context, it marks a ma-jor transition in Wright's work and plays a clear role in the development of mod-ern architecture in Southern California. The Freemans celebrated their house as one of the centers of avant-garde artistic and political activity in Los Angeles from the 1920s virtu-ally until the 1980s.

Visitors and resident guests included Edward Weston, Martha Graham, Galka Sheyer, Jean Negulesco, Richard Neutra, Xavier Cugat, and Clark Gable. Through its life as a "Salon", encouraged by Harriet's love of the arts, and the sub-sequent involvement of other major architects, including Rudolph Schindler and John Lautner, this architectural jewel constitutes a unique record of the cultural, social and political history of Los Angeles. Harriet Freeman arranged the gift of the house to the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California so as to protect and preserve a national landmark. After 61 proud years of residence by the couple who built it, the Freeman House came into the possession of the School of Architecture in 1986.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Grauman's Chinese Theatre hosts many film premieres. One of its attractions is the famous cement forecourt containing hand and footprints of numerous screen legends, including John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Jack Nicholson, to name a few.

It was once stated that “ to visit Los Angeles and not see the Chinese is like visiting China and not seeing the Great Wall.” Grauman' s opulent, awe-inspiring presence and history has been a cornerstone of Hollywood for over 75 years.

The grand opening of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on May 18, 1927, was the most spectacular theatre opening in motion picture history. Thousands of people lined Hollywood Boulevard and a riot broke out as fans tried to catch a glimpse of the movie stars and other celebrities as they arrived for the opening. The film being premiered that night was Cecil B. DeMille's “The King of Kings,” which was preceded by "Glories of the Scriptures," a live prologue devised by master showman Sid Grauman. A Wurlitzer organ and 65-piece orchestra provided music for the prologue. The theatre opened to the public the following day, May 19, 1927.

Previously, Grauman built the Million Dollar Theatre in downtown Los Angeles and the lavish Egyptian Theatre a few blocks from the Chinese, but he wanted to build his dream theatre. Real estate mogul C.E. Toberman helped him secure a long-term lease on a piece of property on the boulevard and Grauman developed the plans for the theatre with architect Raymond Kennedy. Norma Talmadge turned the first spade full of dirt in January 1926 and beautiful Chinese actress Anna May Wong drove the first rivet in the steel girders. Built at a cost of $2,000,000, eighteen months later the Chinese Theatre opened.

Authorization had to be obtained from the U.S. government to import temple bells, pagodas, stone Heaven Dogs and other artifacts from China. Poet and film director Moon Quon came from China, and under his supervision Chinese artisans created many pieces of statuary in the work area that eventually became the Forecourt of the Stars. Most of these pieces still decorate the ornate interior of the theatre today.

Protected by its 40-foot high curved walls and copper-topped turrets, the theatre's legendary forecourt serves as an oasis to the stars of yesterday and today. Ten-foot tall lotus-shaped fountains and intricate artistry flank the footprints of some of Hollywood's most elite and welcome its visitors into the magical world of fantasy and whim known as Hollywood.

The theatre rises 90-feet high and two gigantic coral red columns topped by wrought iron masks hold aloft the bronze roof. Between the columns is a 30-foot high dragon carved from stone. Guarding the theatre entrance to this day are the two original giant Heaven Dogs brought from China.

Grauman never owned the theatre outright, but held a one-third interest with his partners, Howard Schenck, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Grauman sold his share to Fox West Coast Theatres in 1929 and was the Managing Director of the theatre until his death in 1950.

The Chinese Theatre is the most sought-after theatre in Hollywood for studio premieres. Fans flock to these events to see the celebrities arrive and walk up the red carpet into the theatre. Rich in movie tradition, with its cement handprints and footprints in the forecourt, the Chinese Theatre immortalizes the brightest stars. More than four million visitors from all over the world visit The Chinese Theatre every year.

The Chinese Theatre was declared a historic-cultural landmark in 1968, and there has always been a restoration program in process to maintain the theatre's beauty. Following the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake, geological experts were brought in to inspect the theatre and advise the owners with regard to protecting and strengthening the entire structure.

The theatre has undergone a major renovation. Timed to coincide with the opening of the Hollywood & Highland mall and the new Chinese 6 Theatre, the renovation was designed to rejuvenate and enhance the Chinese Theatre. Additionally, several earthquake retrofits were required to protect the structure and ensure its permanence. With this facelift, the Chinese Theatre will continue to be the preferred location for the industry's most prestigious premieres for years to come.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

The Egyptian Theatre has been recently renovated and offers behind-the-scenes look at making movies called "Forever Hollywood."

Hollywood and Highland

Hollywood & Highland consists of over 387,000 square feet of retail space leased to national, regional and local retail tenants, a variety of restaurants, several of Hollywood's hottest nightclubs, the popular upscale bowling alley lounge, Lucky Strike Lanes, and a six-screen state-of-the-art cinema adjacent to the world famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre. The complex also contains 65,000 square feet of unique indoor and outdoor banquet facilities for conferences and special events including an elegant Grand Ballroom, site of the annual Oscars Governors Ball. The ballroom, catered by celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck, is now one of Los Angeles' favorite venues. Along with the Academy Awards and other awards shows, the handsome Kodak Theatre offers a year-round program of concerts, Broadway shows and theatrical events in its 180,000 square feet.

Hollywood Entertainment District

The Hollywood Entertainment District is a 10-year business improvement district that stretches along the world- famous Walk of Fame and spans historic Hollywood Boulevard, from the LaBrea Gateway on the west to the Hollywood (101) Freeway on the east. Many of Hollywood's famous landmarks are located in the HED - the epicenter of the entertainment capital of the world and birthplace of the movie industry.

The HED has been authorized by a Los Angeles City ordinance to operate through Dec. 31, 2018. This District is one of the oldest property-based BIDs in the state of California and has served as a fundamental underpinning to the overall Hollywood revitalization success story.

The BID is funded by more than 225 property owners. The annual budget of $3.4 million is used primarily for private security and maintenance services.

Hollywood Museum

1660 N. Highland Ave. at Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood
California
90028
USA

323.464.7776

See costumes, memorabilia and props from famous movies and shows such as W.C. Field's famous top hat and Pee-Wee Herman's original red bicycle from "Pee Wee's Big Adventure", as well as revolving exhibits from recent shows. The Hollywood Museum contains over 10,000 exhibits within 35,000 square feet on four floors of the Max Factor building. You'll also see where Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball had their hair dyed!

The Hollywood Museum is housed in the world famous historic Max Factor Building, where Max Factor, wizard of movie make-up worked his magic on motion picture stars since 1935. The lobby, has been restored to its original grandeur. A polished Art Deco gem - a white & rose-colored oasis of lavish marble, recreated historic chandeliers, pastel hues, antique furniture, trompe l'oeil, faux finishes with 22kt. gold and silver leafing. On the ground floor, you'll find many original displays from the old Max Factor Make-Up Studio.

The Hollywood Museum features four floors of exhibits (two floors above the lobby and a basement below), offering more than 35,000 square feet of exhibit space. To put that in perspective, it is seven times the size of the nearby Guinness World of Record Museum (5,200 square feet), almost four times the size of the neighboring Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum (10,000 square feet), and five times larger than the Warner Bros Museum (at 7,000 square feet). Yet that still isn't really room enough to do justice to the thousands of items on exhibit here!

Relax, the museum is a self-guided tour, so you can spend as long as you like admiring any exhibit.

The ground floor is made up of the historic Lobby, plus Max Factor's restored make-up rooms, a vintage B&W photo gallery featuring more than 1000 B&W photos, Cary Grant's Rolls Royce, Planet of the Apes, Jurassic Park, a tribute to Judy Garland and the "Red Shoes".

The second and third floors are devoted exclusively to costumes worn by famous stars in famous films, corresponding props, photos, memorabilia and posters. Also featured is a wealth of Hollywood memorabilia, ranging from the earliest Technicolor film ever shot, to a Roman bed from "Gladiator", to the dog from "There's something about Mary", to the gold Cadillac from "Dreamgirls".

Don't forget to visit the Lower Level - what once was a bowling alley and speakeasy during Prohibition days is now where we house "all things creepy and scary" Walk down the same jail cell corridor that Jodie Foster walked in "Silence of the Lambs". See Hannibal's cell and a fantastic array of props from the film including Dr. Hannibal Lecter's mask!

Madame Tussaud's

Open 364 days a year
(Closed on Oscars® day)

Summer Hours:
Monday to Friday - 10am to 10pm
Saturday to Sunday - 9am to 10pm

Dedicated to the premise that visiting Hollywood should be an experience equal to the emotion of meeting your favorite celebrities, Madame Tussauds (www.madametussauds.com) is where fans go to see and celebrate the legendary and illustrious. Authentic lifelike figures, interactive experiences, themed areas and the best in quality and immersive guest interaction are just the beginning of the Madame Tussauds Hollywood experience, which takes center stage in the entertainment capital of the world on August 1, 2009.

Located adjacent to the historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, Madame Tussauds Hollywood is an immersive attraction where guests can interact with their favorite celebrities without velvet ropes or barriers between them, stepping into elaborate interactive sets - as if they are playing the role of a supporting actor or actress - to create a truly unique guest experience. For 200 years as the touchstone for celebrity interaction, Madame Tussauds Hollywood is poised to become the premier guest destination in Hollywood when it opens a new $55 million dollar attraction to the public.

Upon arrival at Madame Tussauds Hollywood guests are immediately struck by the building's exterior, a continuous form of faceted planes sheathed in a glass skin with varying degrees of transparency depending on the time of day. As people move at all levels the transparent walls will create a moire' pattern while affording guests a spectacular view of the legendary Hollywood Boulevard which has itself undergone significant revitalization befitting the Madame Tussauds ambiance.

The Madame Tussauds Hollywood experience begins when guests sashay down the red carpet, like at the Oscars®, on a unique and emotionally-charged journey where they can get up close, touch and take pictures with the stars of Hollywood. Spread over three floors and 18 themed zones, there will be plenty of surprises, phenomenon and some truly breathtaking experiences.

A key component of the experiential nature of Madame Tussauds Hollywood is the interactive sets which are presented in special zones and offer a unique opportunity for guests to experience the glamour and glitz of Hollywood while traveling through themed areas including Hollywood's golden era of cinema, crime, westerns, modern classics, behind-the-scenes, science fiction, action heroes and more.

The first-ever Madame Tussauds to be built from the ground up, Madame Tussauds Hollywood will feature more than 100 authentic, lifelike wax figures, half of which are unique to this attraction, and include famous icons Vivien Leigh; George Clooney; Beyonce' Knowles; President Barack Obama; Marilyn Monroe; Marlon Brando, Penelope Cruz; Jamie Foxx; Halle Berry; Clark Gable; Johnny Depp; Cameron Diaz; Justin Timberlake; Kobe Bryant; Hugh Jackman; Zac Efron and more.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently commented, "Madame Tussauds Hollywood...will join the ranks of iconic attractions that draw visitors to Los Angeles from across the United States and around the world."

About Madame Tussauds

When it opens in 2009, Madame Tussauds Hollywood will become the 9th museum in the Madame Tussauds world-wide portfolio, joining other locations in London, Amsterdam, Las Vegas, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Washington, DC, and Berlin. 2009 also marks the 200th anniversary of Madame Tussauds which has played host to over one half billion guests.

General Inquiries:

By Mail:
6933 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028

By Phone:
(866) 841-3315
By Email: info@madametussaudshw.com

For Group Bookings (15+):
groupsales@madametussaudshw.com
Group Sales Phone: (866) 841-3487
(Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)

For Press & Media Inquiries:
jbrown@digneypr.com
Phone: (323) 993-3000
(Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm)

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Ripley's Believe It or Not! contains over a dozen galleries spanning two floors of the building. There are hundreds of interesting and unusual exhibits that were collected from around the world by Robert Ripley for his Odditoriums. At Ripley's Believe It or Not! you can see modern-day oddities, as well as the unusual exhibits that fascinated the nation during the 1930's and 1940's, and more recently inspired a hit TV series. You can get a combination admission pass that lets you in to Ripley's, Guinness and the Hollywood Wax Museum (across the street).

Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With about 24 induction ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is undoubtedly one of the most successful marketing ideas ever produced. Unfortunately, there is a lot of inaccurate information circulating about the history of the Walk. We present this brief history to set the record straight.

The man credited with the idea for creating a Walk of Fame, was E. M. Stuart, who served in 1953 as the volunteer president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. In that year, according to a Chamber press release he proposed the Walk as a means to "maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world." He appointed a committee to begin fleshing out the idea and the architectural firm of Periera and Luckman was employed to develop some specific proposals. Where the original idea came from is not certain; however, the ceiling of the dining room of the historic Hollywood Hotel once had stars painted on the ceiling with the names of celebrities and that may have been a precursor of the idea to place stars in the sidewalks.

It was not until 1955 that the basic tenets of the proposal were agreed upon, and in that year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proceeded to secure the necessary signatures to present to the City for further action in the formation of an assessment district. These plans were crystallized and submitted to the Los Angeles City Council in January of 1956. The Council embraced the idea and instructed the Board of Public Works to prepare the engineering specifications and to create the necessary assessment district to pay for the improvements.

As plans progressed, various concepts were reviewed. In February of 1956, a proposed rendering of a star was unveiled that included a caricature of the honoree, with a proposal for brown and blue sidewalks. It was later determined that caricatures would be too difficult to develop and the colors of the sidewalk were changed to black and coral. It is said that Hollywood businessman C.E. Toberman nixed the idea of the brown and blue sidewalks because they did not complement a new building he was erecting on the Boulevard.

The Chamber established the Hollywood Improvement Association to work with the City in pursuing the idea. The man who was selected to chair the effort was Harry Sugarman, a prominent businessman whose family had been film exhibitors and owned one of California's oldest theatres. He saw the project through to completion.

While the City worked on creation of the assessment district, the Improvement Association moved forward between May 1956 and the fall of 1957 in selecting the honorees to be initially placed in the Walk. Four committees were established to represent the four different aspects of the entertainment industry at that time - motion picture, television, recording and radio. The committees included some of the most prominent names in entertainment. Members of the Motion Picture Selection Committee included Cecil B. DeMille, Samuel Goldwyn, Jesse Laskey, Walt Disney, Hal Roach, Mack Sennett and Walter Lantz, among others. Once the effort began, suggestions began pouring in to the Chamber offices - as many as 150 names a week were submitted. The selection process was not without controversy. One of those whose name was not approved for inclusion in the initial phase of the Walk of Fame was Charlie Chaplin.

A press release issued in 1961 by the Chamber, addressed the controversies over the selection process: "The names in the Walk of Fame have been subject to the most continuous criticism and abuse. These are divided into two classes: those who think the wrong names are included, and those who think their own or some favorite's name was omitted."

Meanwhile, the City was finalizing plans for the assessment district. The cost to build the Walk, including new street lighting and street trees, was determined to be $1.25-million. This worked out to $85 per front foot to be paid by the adjacent property owners.

On August 15, 1958, the Chamber and City unveiled eight stars on Hollywood Blvd. at Highland Avenue to create excitement and to demonstrate what the Walk would look like. The eight honorees included: Olive Bordon, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedwick, Ernest Torrance, and Joanne Woodward. Construction on the Walk was expected to begin shortly thereafter. However, two lawsuits were filed that delayed construction. The first was by property owners opposed to the assessment district, and the second was filed by Charlie Chaplin, Jr., seeking $400,000 in damages for the exclusion of his father from the Walk. In October 1959, Judge Fletcher Bowron ruled that the assessment was legal. Shortly thereafter, the court ruled that Chaplin had no case and dismissed the suit. The way was finally clear for construction to begin.

On February 8, 1960, construction actually began on the long-planned Walk. The first star to be laid in the new Walk was that of Stanley Kramer on March 28, 1960, near the intersection of Hollywood and Gower. By that fall, work had progressed far enough that it was decided to dedicate the Walk on November 23, 1960, in conjunction with the Hollywood Christmas Parade. E.M. Stuart, as the originator of the idea, was appointed chair of the Completion Committee and planned the ceremony to mark completion of the project. The job was not actually completed until spring 1961, when it was finally accepted by the Board of Public Works, with the first 1,558 stars.

Shortly after completion, it was recognized that in order to continue the original intent of the program for the addition of more names in the vacant stars, a mechanism had to be created. On May 18, 1962, the Los Angeles City Council approved an ordinance that specified the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce should be the agent to advise the City in all matters pertaining to the addition of other names. The Chamber faced three tasks in moving forward: (1) to establish a set of rules to determine the qualifications of personalities to be eligible for addition to the Walk of Fame, (2) to work out a procedure to process candidates, and (3) to develop a plan for the financing of the costs of the addition of approved names. The task took several years, and it was not until December 11, 1968, that another star was added. Actor/comedian Danny Thomas hosted the momentous star unveiling for producer/studio executive Richard D. Zanuck in front of the world-famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre. From this time forward, star ceremonies were held on a fairly regular basis. In 1972, Charlie Chaplin was finally awarded a star on the Walk of Fame. By May 21, 1975, when Carol Burnett received her honors, a total of 99 stars had been added to the original Walk.

In 1978, the Cultural Heritage Board of the City of Los Angeles designated the Hollywood Walk of Fame as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #194. However, all was not well with Hollywood and the Walk of Fame. By this period, the community of Hollywood had gone into a downward spiral of urban decay. The Chamber committee was having difficulty, under the circumstances, of sustaining the Walk of Fame at the same level as originally conceived. In 1980, the Chamber presented a star to entertainer Johnny Grant. Johnny became enthused about the honor and involved himself in creating a very memorable star ceremony. The Chamber was so impressed with his efforts, that they approached him about chairing the Walk of Fame Committee, which he accepted. From then, until his death in January 2008, Johnny's name became synonymous with the Walk of Fame. His strong leadership built the Walk into an international icon. Under his leadership, a fifth category of "Live Theatre" was added in 1984 to allow persons who excelled in all types of live performance to be considered for stars. He also solved the problem of running out of space to add stars. When constructed, the Walk was designed to accommodate 2,518 stars. By the 1990s, space in the most popular areas was becoming difficult to find. To solve the problem, Johnny approved the creation of a second row of stars on the sidewalk, which would alternate with the existing stars. For more about Hollywood's beloved honorary mayor Johnny Grant, go to: www.johnnygrant.com .

On February 1, 1994 (which was Hollywood's birthday anniversary), the Walk of Fame was extended one block to the west from Sycamore to LaBrea on Hollywood Blvd. as part of a revitalization project by the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. Thirty stars were added to the block to create an instant attraction. At this time, Sophia Loren was honored with the 2,000th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Today, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to administer the Walk as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. An average of two stars are added to the Walk on a monthly basis. The Walk is a tribute to all of those who worked so hard to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction.

 

 

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