Hollywood

HollywoodHollywood is a world famous area in Los Angeles, and world capital of entertainment.  Hollywood was a small community in 1870 and incorporated as a municipality in 1903. It merged with the City of Los Angeles in 1910, and soon thereafter a motion picture industry began to grow, eventually becoming dominant in the world. Buildings, roadways and a public transportation system have transformed the neighborhood. Hollywood has two high schools and a large number of other schools as well as a wealth of tourist attractions.

What is attractive about buying a home in Hollywood?  You get the true Los Angeles urban experience, a highly walkable area, access to public transportation and easy access to freeways.  Hollywood is close to West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Hancock Park and Los Feliz.  Call Tony to discuss Coldwell Banker homes for sale and all of your realty options. (310) 497-4117.

Hollywood & Highland

6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028; (323) 817.0200

Great shopping, eating and entertainment.  A great place to take a break from seeing all the sights on Hollywood Boulevard.

El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, (across the street from the Hollywood and Highland Shopping Center), (818) 845.3110

Originally opened in 1926 by the same team that created the Egyptian Theatre and the Chinese Theatre. A much needed restoration was completed in 1991. The theatre is home to first run Disney films and Disney premiers. The theatre is complete with a fully restored Wurlitzer pipe organ. $10-$20.

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068; (323) 850.2000

Concerts at the bowl are a must for the true Los Angeles experience. This Hollywood icon has seating for almost 18,000 and is the largest natural amphitheater in the US. Pack a meal and listen to your favorite music live as the sun goes down and the stars rise.

Runyon Canyon Park

2000 N Fuller Ave. Los Angeles, California 90046; (323) 666.5046

Runyon Canyon Park is a 160-acre part right in the center of Los Angeles. The trails are park are a highly popular destination for hiking and dog-walking (off-leash is permitted) by local residents. There are five ways to access Runyon Canyon.  Check the website for details.

Griffith Park Observatory

2800 East Observatory Road; (213)-473-0800

Reopened in 2006 after a long remodel; reservations are no longer necessary. Popular tourist attraction that features an extensive array of space- and science-related displays. The outside offers a beautiful panorama of the city of Los Angeles, especially stunning at night.

Grauman’s Chinese Theater

6925 Hollywood Boulevard; (323) 464.8111

The most famous movie theatre in the world, opened in 1927 and renovated to house the IMAX movie experience.  The courtyard in front of the theater is where you can find those famous cement footprints, handprints of many of Hollywood’s classic movie stars.

The Hollywood Sign

3204 Canyon Lake Dr, Hollywood, CA 90068; (323) 258.4338

Hollywood’s most recognizable landmark You can hike as close to the sign as you are allowed to by driving to the end of N. Beachwood Dr. Park alongside the road, climb up the dirt paths until you see signs warning you not to go any further. You can get some amazing close photos of the sign from here. They’re not kidding about trespassing near the sign. There are cameras everywhere. If you go someplace you’re not supposed to be a police helicopter will swoop down and advise you to turn back.

Hollywood Wax Museum

6767 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028; (323) 462.8860

The Hollywood Wax Museum is the longest running wax museum in the United States, with more than 45 years of continuous operation by the same owners since 1965 and featuring over 180 figures of celebrities.

Cinerama Dome (ArcLight Cinema)

6360 West Sunset Boulevard; (323) 464.1478

A unique movie theatre built in a geodesic dome. The theatre is popular for movie premiers because of its impressive acoustics and ultra-wide screen. The rear courtyard entrance is a great place to spot celebrities attending a film.

Walk of Fame

Along Hollywood Boulevard and 3 blocks up Vine Street

The Hollywood Walk of Fame consists of a series of bronze stars embedded in the sidewalk to commemorate famous movie, radio, theatre, and TV personalities. Since 1960, over two thousand stars have been immortalized; the schedule for upcoming star ceremonies is listed on the Walk of Fame’s website.

Pantages Theatre

6233 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028; (323) 468.1770

Opened in 1930 the theatre has been host to the Oscars and the Emmys. It is now home to top notch live theatre.