Lights, Camera, Hollywood

You live in Hollywood. You live amongst the stars… past, present, and future. More than a century after studios such as Universal, Warner Bros., and Paramount set up shop in the area, the industry is still going strong. Media has changed, and the way we consume it evolves on the regular, but Hollywood remains the epicenter of creativity, production, and distribution.

Paramount Studios was founded more than 105 years ago in 1912. It is the second oldest remaining film studio in the United States. The studio offers several tours that let you explore over a century of Hollywood history and witness more in the making. Visit the sets where some of the most celebrated motion pictures and television shows were made.

Next to Paramount is another location rich in cinematic history… the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Visiting a cemetery for fun may normally sound like a morbid thing to do, but not here! Founded in 1899, the cemetery in the heart of Hollywood is one of the world’s most fascinating landmarks, and the final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on earth. Stop by and pay your respects to the likes of Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino, and hundreds more of Hollywood’s greatest stars. Seasonal film screenings in the cemetery are one of the most popular and unique activities in Los Angeles.

Hollywood Boulevard draws millions of visitors each year. Miles of stars in the sidewalk pay homage to the biggest celebrities (past and present) in the world. The annual Academy Awards ceremony is held at the new Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center. In the same area, visit the forecourt of the historical Chinese Theatre. Across the street, Disney owns the Pacific Theatres-operated El Capitan. The beautiful venue shows the latest Disney studio released films. A few blocks to the east, the Egyptian Theatre shows limited engagement films and classic revivals. Dine at Musso & Franks, and The Pig & Whistle and be transported back in time.

Located in the historic Max Factor building on the southeast corner of Hollywood and Highland is the Hollywood Museum. The multi-level venue features the most extensive collection of Hollywood memorabilia in the world. More than 10,000 showbiz treasures can be found within its four floors. From props, to photographs, to costumes, there is something on display that everyone in your party will be excited to see. The building itself holds history, as Hollywood’s make-up king, Max Factor created the looks of Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, and more during the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Cecil B. Demille has been hailed as one of Hollywood’s greatest directors (and forefathers). The Lasky-Demille Barn, which was built in 1901 and was once housed at Paramount Pictures back lot was moved in the 1980’s to its permanent location across from the Hollywood Bowl. The barn is now home to the Hollywood Heritage Museum, which is open weekends from noon until 4 pm. On December 27, 1956, the Lasky-DeMille Barn was designated California State Historic Landmark No. 554, recognizing the significant role the building played in the birth of the Hollywood motion picture industry.

With a home in Hollywood, you are truly living amongst the stars!