Historic Walks: Hollywood – City of Dreams

Join us for a walking tour of the historic centre of Old Hollywood, starting with a hike down Runyon Canyon and ending at Forever Hollywood Cemetery.

Historic Walks: Hollywood - City of Dreams
  1. Runyon Canyon Park (Southern entrance at the end of N Fuller Ave)

Once a country estate and home to various movie stars like Janet Gaynor and Erol Flynn, the 160-acre Runyon Canyon Park was purchased in 1984 from its last private owners for use as a city park by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the City of Los Angeles. The park offers some fabulous views of the city below and is open all year round.

  1. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (Hollywood Blvd & Highland Ave)

hollywood_printThe place where the tradition of encasing hand and foot prints in cement all started, and home to some of Hollywood’s finest premieres. The theatre was built following the success of the nearby Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre and opened in 1927 with the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s film The King of Kings. It has since been home to many premieres including Star Wars in 1977 and three Academy Awards ceremonies in 1944, 1945, and 1946. It is open to the public year-round.

  1. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (Hollywood Blvd & Highland Ave)

This famous hotel opened in 1927 and was the location of the first Academy Awards in 1929 and hangout of countless movie stars and moguls. Poolside at the Tropicana bar is where Marilyn Monroe had her first modelling job and she was resident there for two years when her modelling career took off. A major renovation took place in 2005 and it continues to maintain its prestigious status as one of Hollywood’s hippest hangouts thanks in part to its trendy nightclub and celebrity haunt ‘Teddy’s’. Open year round, public access is limited only to the lobby area unless you have a reservation.

  1. Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood Blvd & Highland Ave)

The very first movie palace to rise on a sleepy, tree-lined Hollywood Boulevard in 1992. It was the concept of flamnoyant showman Sid Grauman, who tapped into the “Egypt-mania” trend that swept the nation in the 1920’s and it was the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere, Robin Hood in 1922 Open to the public year-round. After falling into disrepair in the mid-nineties, the venue was sold to the American Cinematheque on proviso that the landmark building be restored to its original grandeur and re-opened as a movie theatre, and after a $12.8 Million renovation it was re-opened to the public in 1998 with two screening theatres. Open year round to the public.

  1. Hollywood & Vine intersection

historic-walks-hollywood-hollywood-forever-cemetary-treesHistorical landmarks and hangouts have adorned this area of Hollywood for decades. The area became famous in the 1920s for its concentration of radio and movie-related businesses. With a sharp eye, you can still see many original buildings dating back to the golden age of cinema, although one of the most prominent which still remains in use is the Capitol Records Tower to the north of the intersection.

  1. Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Santa Monica Blvd & N Gower St)

Final resting place of hundreds of Hollywood names and icons of the movie business, this lush oasis offers a full menu of mortuary services for the newly non-living and welcomes fans and curiosity seekers in search of the ghosts of Hollywood past. Among those interred here are Mel Blanc, the voice artist famous for the line “That’s All Folks”, American gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, Ramones musicians Dee Dee, and Johnny Ramone, and countless other actors, actresses, and movie industry celebrities. Open to the public Mon-Sat 9am-6pm.

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