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Guidebook for Hollywood

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Guidebook for Hollywood

Arts & Culture
This historic theater is a must see! See a film or take the tour to see the breathtaking inside, or walk around the plaza in front where the most famous stars have left their foot- and hand-prints.
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Grauman's Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Boulevard
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This historic theater is a must see! See a film or take the tour to see the breathtaking inside, or walk around the plaza in front where the most famous stars have left their foot- and hand-prints.
Since its opening on November 9, 2001, the theatre has been the home of the annual Academy Awards ceremonies (the Oscars), which were first held there in March 2002.
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Dolby Theatre
6801 Hollywood Blvd
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Since its opening on November 9, 2001, the theatre has been the home of the annual Academy Awards ceremonies (the Oscars), which were first held there in March 2002.
If you’re a Kimmel fan, or want to catch some of his celebrity guests & experience being part of the audience for a live TV show, you can catch the Kimmel show in this beautiful old Masonic Templle.
6840 Hollywood Blvd
6840 Hollywood Blvd
If you’re a Kimmel fan, or want to catch some of his celebrity guests & experience being part of the audience for a live TV show, you can catch the Kimmel show in this beautiful old Masonic Templle.
Opened in 1926, Orson Welles' Citizen Kane premiered there in 1941. Disney restored this beautiful movie palace, & it now also has a gallery of Disney animation artwork & a soda fountain.
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El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Boulevard
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Opened in 1926, Orson Welles' Citizen Kane premiered there in 1941. Disney restored this beautiful movie palace, & it now also has a gallery of Disney animation artwork & a soda fountain.
Built by Sid Grauman before The Chinese Theater, it was the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere. Now run by the American Cinematheque, it remains a great place to see classic films today.
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The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
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Built by Sid Grauman before The Chinese Theater, it was the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere. Now run by the American Cinematheque, it remains a great place to see classic films today.
This palatial art deco theater opened in 1930 as part of the Pantages Vaudeville Theatre Circuit. The theater underwent a $10-million restoration & today is one of LA’s leading venues for live theater
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Hollywood Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Boulevard
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This palatial art deco theater opened in 1930 as part of the Pantages Vaudeville Theatre Circuit. The theater underwent a $10-million restoration & today is one of LA’s leading venues for live theater
The Magic Castle is a performance venue, restaurant and private club for magicians and magic enthusiasts, as well as the clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts.
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The Magic Castle
7001 Franklin Avenue
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The Magic Castle is a performance venue, restaurant and private club for magicians and magic enthusiasts, as well as the clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts.
The Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural amphitheater in the United States, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000. It hosts hundreds of concerts and festivals spanning all varieties of music.
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Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave
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The Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural amphitheater in the United States, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000. It hosts hundreds of concerts and festivals spanning all varieties of music.
In 1979, after a dispute over club owners refusing to pay comedians, this now famous comedy club was opened in a building once owned by Groucho Marx. Richard Pryor was the first to perform there.
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Laugh Factory
8001 Sunset Boulevard
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In 1979, after a dispute over club owners refusing to pay comedians, this now famous comedy club was opened in a building once owned by Groucho Marx. Richard Pryor was the first to perform there.
Shopping
A nice multi-level open-air mall with great views of the Hollywood sign and Hollywood Blvd. It has a massive three-story courtyard inspired by the Babylon scene from the D.W. Griffith film Intolerance
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Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Boulevard
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A nice multi-level open-air mall with great views of the Hollywood sign and Hollywood Blvd. It has a massive three-story courtyard inspired by the Babylon scene from the D.W. Griffith film Intolerance
This nearby shopping center has shops, restaurants, a Trader Joe's market, a gym and Sundance Cinemas -- movie theaters that have all stadium seating, rocking love seats & take reservations.
8000 Sunset
8000 Sunset Boulevard
This nearby shopping center has shops, restaurants, a Trader Joe's market, a gym and Sundance Cinemas -- movie theaters that have all stadium seating, rocking love seats & take reservations.
Sunset Plaza is a chic, two-block strip of fashionable boutiques and outdoor cafés nestled between Hollywood & West Hollywood. The little shops feature big prices and attract celebs & posh locals.
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Sunset Plaza
8623 Sunset Boulevard
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Sunset Plaza is a chic, two-block strip of fashionable boutiques and outdoor cafés nestled between Hollywood & West Hollywood. The little shops feature big prices and attract celebs & posh locals.
Unlike most farmers’ markets, which are held only at intervals, this historic marketplace is a permanent installation of shops, restaurants, grocers & tourist shops & is open 7 days a week.
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The Original Farmers Market
6333 West 3rd Street
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Unlike most farmers’ markets, which are held only at intervals, this historic marketplace is a permanent installation of shops, restaurants, grocers & tourist shops & is open 7 days a week.
The Grove is a large outdoor mall with shops, restaurants & a movie theater. It features a large center park with an animated fountain. Electric-powered trolley cars link The Grove & Farmer's Market.
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The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
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The Grove is a large outdoor mall with shops, restaurants & a movie theater. It features a large center park with an animated fountain. Electric-powered trolley cars link The Grove & Farmer's Market.
Sightseeing
The site of the first Oscars, this is one of Hollywood’s original glamour hotels, first opened in 1927. After a major renovation in 2005, its trendy clubs, eateries & pooltop bar attract the hip crowd
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The Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Boulevard
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The site of the first Oscars, this is one of Hollywood’s original glamour hotels, first opened in 1927. After a major renovation in 2005, its trendy clubs, eateries & pooltop bar attract the hip crowd
This man-made reservoir offers a great view of the Hollywood sign. There is a 3.1 mile trail around the lake that takes you across the dam (which broke and flooded Hollywood in the movie Earthquake).
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Hollywood Reservoir
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This man-made reservoir offers a great view of the Hollywood sign. There is a 3.1 mile trail around the lake that takes you across the dam (which broke and flooded Hollywood in the movie Earthquake).
This motion picture studio was built in 1917 by Charlie Chaplin. After being sold by Chaplin in 1953, the property went through several changes in ownership & is now home to Jim Henson Studios.
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Jim Henson Co
1416 North La Brea Avenue
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This motion picture studio was built in 1917 by Charlie Chaplin. After being sold by Chaplin in 1953, the property went through several changes in ownership & is now home to Jim Henson Studios.
This TV studio pened in 1952 & since 1961, it has served as master control facility for CBS’ west coast TV network operations. Shows are still taped there - you can line up to be on The Price is Right
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CBS Television City
7800 Beverly Boulevard
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This TV studio pened in 1952 & since 1961, it has served as master control facility for CBS’ west coast TV network operations. Shows are still taped there - you can line up to be on The Price is Right
Hollywood Forever Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles. You can check Wikipedia for a partial list of famous people interred there that is so long it is sorted alphabetically.
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Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
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Hollywood Forever Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles. You can check Wikipedia for a partial list of famous people interred there that is so long it is sorted alphabetically.
Paramount Studios is the third oldest existing film studio in the world behind Universal Studios & Gaumont Pictures, and the last major film studio still headquartered in the Hollywood district of LA.
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Paramount Pictures Studio Tour
5515 Melrose Avenue
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Paramount Studios is the third oldest existing film studio in the world behind Universal Studios & Gaumont Pictures, and the last major film studio still headquartered in the Hollywood district of LA.
You can go to the Universal Studios Park and take the tour (see the Psycho house, the Jaws dock scene, among many others) and the many rides they now have to offer.
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Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
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You can go to the Universal Studios Park and take the tour (see the Psycho house, the Jaws dock scene, among many others) and the many rides they now have to offer.
Food Scene
Hollywood’s oldest eatery (since 1919), it's steeped in Hollywood history & was the hideout of Hollywood celebrities from days gone by. Tuxedo-clad waiters serve a classic grill menu & great martinis.
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Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd
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Hollywood’s oldest eatery (since 1919), it's steeped in Hollywood history & was the hideout of Hollywood celebrities from days gone by. Tuxedo-clad waiters serve a classic grill menu & great martinis.
The recently opened, ultra-swank W Hotel is home to several upscale dining, club & shopping options, as well as a Metro Station. On a hot day you can cool off with a drink at Drai’s Pool Deck.
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W Hollywood
6250 Hollywood Boulevard
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The recently opened, ultra-swank W Hotel is home to several upscale dining, club & shopping options, as well as a Metro Station. On a hot day you can cool off with a drink at Drai’s Pool Deck.
Hundreds of craftsmen were brought from the Orient to recreate a replica of a palace in the “Yamashiro” mountains in Japan for the Bernheimer brothers in 1911. Now a sushi restaurant with great views.
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Yamashiro | Hollywood
1999 N Sycamore Ave
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Hundreds of craftsmen were brought from the Orient to recreate a replica of a palace in the “Yamashiro” mountains in Japan for the Bernheimer brothers in 1911. Now a sushi restaurant with great views.
One of the closest restaurants to our property, Pace is a hidden, intimate Italian restaurant.
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Pace
2100 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
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One of the closest restaurants to our property, Pace is a hidden, intimate Italian restaurant.
Built in 1929, the Chateau has a legacy as muse for generations of artists, photographers, novelists and screenwriters. Hunter S. Thompson, Annie Leibovitz, Tim Burton & many others produced work here
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Chateau Marmont
8221 Sunset Boulevard
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Built in 1929, the Chateau has a legacy as muse for generations of artists, photographers, novelists and screenwriters. Hunter S. Thompson, Annie Leibovitz, Tim Burton & many others produced work here
Formerly the Continental Hyatt House, in the 60s and 70s the hotel was THE hotel in LA for rock bands, due to its proximity to popular clubs like the Whisky a Go Go, earning the nickname Riot House
Andaz West Hollywood - A Concept By Hyatt
8401 Sunset Boulevard
Formerly the Continental Hyatt House, in the 60s and 70s the hotel was THE hotel in LA for rock bands, due to its proximity to popular clubs like the Whisky a Go Go, earning the nickname Riot House
This landmark hot dog stand was founded by Paul and Betty Pink in 1939 as a pushcart near the corner of La Brea and Melrose and has become quite famous, now offering 32 varieties (as well as burgers).
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Pink's Hot Dogs
709 North La Brea Avenue
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This landmark hot dog stand was founded by Paul and Betty Pink in 1939 as a pushcart near the corner of La Brea and Melrose and has become quite famous, now offering 32 varieties (as well as burgers).
Fans of Food Network think of two words when they hear Mario Batali: Iron Chef. Try Osteria Mozza, a partnership with Nancy Silverton (founder of La Brea Bakery) & savor his mastery of Italian cuisine
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Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Avenue
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Fans of Food Network think of two words when they hear Mario Batali: Iron Chef. Try Osteria Mozza, a partnership with Nancy Silverton (founder of La Brea Bakery) & savor his mastery of Italian cuisine
Chef Gordon Ramsay, known for competitive cooking TV shows, such as Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, and Ramsay’s Kitchen. The cuisine is is Western European with Asian flavors.
Gordon Ramsay at The London WH
1020 North San Vicente Boulevard
Chef Gordon Ramsay, known for competitive cooking TV shows, such as Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, Ramsay’s Best Restaurant, and Ramsay’s Kitchen. The cuisine is is Western European with Asian flavors.
Closest restaurant to us & voted best breakfast by LA Wekly - the pancakes are plate-sized behemoths with 19 varieties to choose from. It’s not just pancakes either -- they offer so many great options
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The Griddle Cafe
7916 Sunset Boulevard
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Closest restaurant to us & voted best breakfast by LA Wekly - the pancakes are plate-sized behemoths with 19 varieties to choose from. It’s not just pancakes either -- they offer so many great options
Adjacent to & part of the Universal Studios Complex, Universal City Walk is an open-air mall with shops, restaurants, clubs & movie theater, whose architectural design echos the classic Hollywood era.
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Universal CityWalk
100 Universal City Plaza
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Adjacent to & part of the Universal Studios Complex, Universal City Walk is an open-air mall with shops, restaurants, clubs & movie theater, whose architectural design echos the classic Hollywood era.
Essentials
The Market has been there since the days when Laurel Canyon first started hoppin’ (Mamma Cass, Jim Morrison & Frank Zappa among others, once called Laurel Canyon their home, and likely shopped here).
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Canyon Country Store
2108 Laurel Canyon Boulevard
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The Market has been there since the days when Laurel Canyon first started hoppin’ (Mamma Cass, Jim Morrison & Frank Zappa among others, once called Laurel Canyon their home, and likely shopped here).
Drinks & Nightlife
The Viper Room was opened in 1993 and was partly owned by actor Johnny Depp until 2004. The club became known as a hangout of Hollywood elite & sadly where actor River Phoenix died of his overdose.
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The Viper Room
8852 Sunset Boulevard
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The Viper Room was opened in 1993 and was partly owned by actor Johnny Depp until 2004. The club became known as a hangout of Hollywood elite & sadly where actor River Phoenix died of his overdose.
Arguably, the rock & roll scene in LA was born when the Whisky started operation in 1964. The Byrds, Alice Cooper, Buffalo Springfield & Love were regulars & The Doors were the house band!
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Whisky a Go Go
8901 Sunset Boulevard
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Arguably, the rock & roll scene in LA was born when the Whisky started operation in 1964. The Byrds, Alice Cooper, Buffalo Springfield & Love were regulars & The Doors were the house band!
Opened in 1973, only 3 months later, the original Genesis lineup with Peter Gabriel played several consecutive days here. Paul Reubens debuted his Pee-Wee character here... & much more great history.
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The Roxy Theatre
9009 Sunset Boulevard
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Opened in 1973, only 3 months later, the original Genesis lineup with Peter Gabriel played several consecutive days here. Paul Reubens debuted his Pee-Wee character here... & much more great history.
Founded by Elmer Valentine, Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and others, it opened on April 16, 1972 with a party for Elton John. It quickly became known as a hangout for celebrities of all types.
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Rainbow Bar & Grill
9015 Sunset Blvd
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Founded by Elmer Valentine, Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and others, it opened on April 16, 1972 with a party for Elton John. It quickly became known as a hangout for celebrities of all types.
Founded in 1957, it was a major center for folk music in the 1960s, and then singer-songwriters & rock. It played an important role in the careers of Elton John, The Eagles, The Byrds & SO many more.
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Troubadour
9081 North Santa Monica Boulevard
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Founded in 1957, it was a major center for folk music in the 1960s, and then singer-songwriters & rock. It played an important role in the careers of Elton John, The Eagles, The Byrds & SO many more.
Although the LA Improv was the 2nd of the franchise (the 1st was in New York), it was the original site for the A&E TV series An Evening at the Improv - It was THE place to see the hottest comedians.
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Hollywood Improv
8162 Melrose Avenue
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Although the LA Improv was the 2nd of the franchise (the 1st was in New York), it was the original site for the A&E TV series An Evening at the Improv - It was THE place to see the hottest comedians.
Older Hollywood actors like Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Judy Garland & Rita Hayworth were all regulars in their day. By the 1960s the nearby Sunset Strip brought Jim Morrison & Janis Joplin as regulars.
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Barney's Beanery
8447 Santa Monica Blvd
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Older Hollywood actors like Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, Judy Garland & Rita Hayworth were all regulars in their day. By the 1960s the nearby Sunset Strip brought Jim Morrison & Janis Joplin as regulars.
If you want to check out the alternative nightlife scene of West Hollywood, The Abbey is a must! It is the premier gay bar in West Hollywood & was voted the Best Gay Bar in the World by TripOut 2010.
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The Abbey
692 N Robertson Blvd
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If you want to check out the alternative nightlife scene of West Hollywood, The Abbey is a must! It is the premier gay bar in West Hollywood & was voted the Best Gay Bar in the World by TripOut 2010.
Everything Else
This tattoo shop & artist Kat Von D starred in TLC’s LA Ink. She also won the Guinness World Record of most tattoos given by 1 person in 24 hours. She also has a unique a shop 'Wonderland' next door.
1259 N La Brea Ave
1259 N La Brea Ave
This tattoo shop & artist Kat Von D starred in TLC’s LA Ink. She also won the Guinness World Record of most tattoos given by 1 person in 24 hours. She also has a unique a shop 'Wonderland' next door.