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Hollywood Boulevard Attractions

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Tourists compare hand prints with a celebrity in the courtyard of the Chinese Theatre Courtyard on Hollywood Boulevard. [Photo Credit:] Chinese Theatre Courtyard

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. Since its opening in May 1927, millions of movie patrons and visitors to Hollywood have been drawn to the theatre.

Dolby Theatre - is the crown jewel of the Hollywood & Highland Center retail, dining and entertainment complex located in the heart of Hollywood. The 3,400 seat theatre opened in November 2001 and soon thereafter became known to more than one billion people across the globe as the first permanent home of the Academy Awards.

Egyptian Theatre - offers behind-the-scenes look at making movies called "Forever Hollywood."

El Capitan Theatre - In 1989, The Walt Disney Company joined forces with Pacific Theatres to begin a two-year archeological dig, which led to a museum-quality restoration of the legendary El Capitan Theatre which now hosts live stage shows, world premieres, and other special events that have helped restore showmanship to Hollywood Boulevard.

Escape Hotel Hollywood - Escape room game on Hollywood Boulevard with nine rooms for 1 to 8 players. Open 6 days a week (closed on Mondays).

Golden Age Theater - Readings and theatrical performances of L. Ron Hubbard's fiction stories from a variety of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, western, mystery, thriller, horror, romance and others. The theater is located near Madame Tussaud's, across the street from the Roosevelt Hotel. You can view videos of prior performances at the website.

Guided Tours on Hollywood Boulevard - a list of guided bus tour operators that are located on or near Hollywood Boulevard. The list includes company names, addresses, phone numbers and actual pictures of the vans.

Walking Tours on Hollywood Boulevard - a list of guided tour operators who offer walking tours in Hollywood Boulevard and downtown L.A.

Exhibit at Guinness world Records Museum on Hollywood Boulevard. [Photo Credit:] Exhibit at Guinness Museum

Guinness Book of Records Museum - This curio museum is based on the book of the same name. At Ripley's website you can get a combination admission pass that lets you in to Ripley's, Guinness and the Hollywood Wax Museum (across the street).

Hollywood Business Improvement District - The Hollywood Entertainment District stretches along the world-famous Walk of Fame down 18-blocks of historic Hollywood Boulevard, from the La Brea Gateway to the corner of Hollywood & Vine and beyond. Many of Hollywood's most famous landmarks are located in this epicenter of the entertainment capital of the world and birthplace of the movie industry.

Hollywood & 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 Dolby Theatre offers a year-round program of concerts, Broadway shows and theatrical events in its 180,000 square feet.

Exhibit at the Hollywood Museum near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. [Photo Credit:] Exhibit at the Hollywood Museum

Hollywood Museum - 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!

Hollywood Sign - Locations from which to view and photograph the Hollywood Sign, with a focus on areas of interest to tourists who have limited transportation options. You can take a shuttle to some view points, or go on a guided tour that includes a view of the sign from an overlook of the city on Mulholland Drive. If you don't want to spend the time to get near the Hollywood Sign, you can download a close-up photo of it for free.

Hotel Accommodations on Hollywood Boulevard - Hotel information, rates and online availability for hotels in Hollywood.

John Wayne Exhibit at Hollywood Wax Museum. [Photo Credit:] Exhibit at Hollywood Wax Museum

Hollywood Wax Museum - The approximately 220 wax replicas on display at the museum include major movie and television stars of past and present, sports figures and a host of other celebrated people. You can get a combination admission pass that lets you in to Ripley's, Guinness (both are across the street) and the Hollywood Wax Museum.

Jimmy Kimmel Live - Late-night comedy talk show host Jimmy Kimmel appears at El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. Topics include comedy routines, daily monologue, plus appearances from celebrities, athletes, musicians and comedians.

Larry Edmunds Bookshop - on Hollywood Boulevard since 1938, when bookshops were a common fixture in Hollywood. Located across the street from Musso and Frank's Deli, this book store features anything they can find that's related to Hollywood - movie posters, photos, scripts, music sheets, cinema reference resources, and of course, real paper books! Larry Edmunds Bookshop also hosts celebrity events and book signings.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood - 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.

Museum of Death - If you're looking for something a bit more macabre than the standard tourist attractions, at the Museum of Death you will find a large collection of exhibits and displays that explore many facets of death. The museum is located a little east of Vine Street. It will take about 10-15 minutes to walk from Hollywood and Highland to the museum, or you can take a train or bus part of the way.

El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard near Vine Street. [Photo Credit:] Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard

Pantages Theatre is recognized for its art deco motif, and features Broadway musicals, dance performances and concerts.

Runyon Canyon Park - Hiking trails within walking distance from Hollywood Boulevard. You can get there by walking west on Hollywood Boulevard to Fuller Avenue, then walk up the hill to Runyon Canyon Park. There are hiking trails to Inspiration Point that offers a nice view of Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, the Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park Observatory and more. The trail is steep in some areas, and the park can become crowded on weekends. So while you won't find solitude or peaceful mountain strolls here, you can take advantage of the nice view and get a workout at the same time. For a longer, but slightly less strenuous hike, you can walk up to the trail that starts on Vista Avenue.

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator) Exhibit at Ripleys Odditorium in Hollywood. [Photo Credit:] Exhibit at Ripleys Odditorium in Hollywood

Ripley's Believe It or Not - This "odditorium" features 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. They completed a massive renovation in December 2011, adding hundreds of new exhibits, including new interactive displays. There are some exhibits in the lobby that you can look at for free, such as telephone book carvings of Clint Eastwood, Frank Sinatra and other celebrities. You can get a combination admission pass that lets you in to Ripley's, Guinness and the Hollywood Wax Museum (across the street).

Starline Tours is the most popular guided tour company for Los Angeles and Hollywood. They've been doing it for more than 75 years! They have all of the traditional tours plus some that you can only find at Starline.

Walk of Fame Stars on Hollywood Boulevard. [Photo Credit:] Walk of Fame Stars

Walk of Fame - (stars inlaid on the sidewalk) Step onto the sidewalk anywhere on famed Hollywood Boulevard and you'll certainly see a number of stars... the bronze ones on the sidewalk, that is. The Walk of Fame was inaugurated in 1960 when 2,500 blank stars were placed along the main thoroughfare. Since that time, more than 2,300 have been emblazoned with the names of famous personalities who've left their mark in the fields of radio, television, motion pictures, recording, and live performance. A small symbol on each star indicates for which field the person is being honored. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce chooses the honorees each year after a long nomination process. Hundreds of nominations are made annually, but only a handful of them are chosen. Also, a celebrity can have more than one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For example, old cowboy star Gene Autry has one star for each available category! When an honored celebrity dies, it's traditional to leave flowers or other mementos by his/her star. For facts, history, upcoming and recent ceremonies, see the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce website, above. Upcoming Star Award Ceremonies - The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is the official source of information for upcoming star award ceremonies. There are several ceremonies throughout the year, but the official date is not usually released until soon before the event.

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