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An Evening in Hollywood

A February 2001 trip to Hollywood by lisamcgu

Quote: Every now and then I venture out from behind the Orange Curtain (Orange County) to ingest a little "culture" in Los Angeles. As such, I spent an evening in LA this past Saturday, February 24, 2001.

An Evening in Hollywood

Overview

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Its new, its unique and it will be gone before you know it. Just such an event is what brought me to LA after taking a long breather. I was there mostly for the Evita sing-a-long at the El Capitan Theatre, showing for the last time that evening, but I got there early to catch the Superflat show at the MOCA Gallery before it closed at 5:00 PM. With dinner at the local Authentic Cafe, and tourist time at the Roosevelt Hotel and Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater, I had a fun in LA and it didn't end until around 1:00 AM.Quick Tips: Find a local and let him take you around. He should know the hottest, trendiest spots as well as the kitchy tourist spots. Also, he should know LA lo...Read More

Authentic Cafe

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Restaurant

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Hot and Spicy - I like it! Southwest, Tex-Mex, Santa Fe, all describe the super hot food at the Authentic Cafe. Very spicy, very new, very much at the forefront of local cuisine which, in LA, is saying something. Like the food, this restaurant is right out there, all windows as it curves around a corner of Beverly Boulevard. Driving by, its right in your face, as are those sitting up front along the edge of the windows. I forget the long-winded name, but my meal was fettucine with chopped chicken and southwest vegtables (bell peppers and corn) mixed up with a spicy red pepper cream sauce. I ate every drop. Price, $12.00. My friend, who is a local, had what seemed to be t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Authentic Cafe
7605 Beverly Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90036
(323) 939-4626

Pacific El Capitan Theatre

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Attraction | "Movie Sing-a-long at the El Capitan Theatre"

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The El Capitan is so cool. There is a balcony and even those little side balconies above the stage. I was surprised Disney bought it because it is relatively small. But they've got it in good condition, including the paint on the intricately designed ceiling and the chairs which were, surprisingly, comfortable. Oh yeah, when we walked in, there was a guy up on stage playing one of those old organs. It was huge and it, too, looked newly painted. It was bright gold. I was there for the last showing of the movie Evita with sing titles, but it seems they do these special sing-a-long movies all throughout the year at 10 PM on Friday and Saturday nights. The next sing-a-long movie sche...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Pacific El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90028
(323) 467-7674

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Sharing a parking lot and location with the Pacific Design Center (the big blue building), this gallery is a bit hidden. Its not that big, hosting only two stories, with not much floor space. The show we went to see there, Superflat, just started in January and ends May 6, 2001. It is a show featuring edgy Japanese artists covering everything from videos to clothing design to photography. All the art displayed is meant to be, if not shocking, striking. The gates were up, so we didn't have to pay for parking, so I don't know how much that costs, but it was $3.00 for the gallery. It was an interesting show. Definitely something to do that will stimulate without demanding to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Museum of Contemporary Art Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, California 90069
(213) 626-6222

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Attraction | "Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater"

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This theater is on Hollywood Boulevard right across the street from the El Capitan Theatre and the Roosevelt Hotel. Just down half a block is Hollywood High and there is a late night In 'n Out Burger just there on the corner - all kinds of tourist stuff right next to each other. What can I say? The minute I got in front of the theater, I had to do it, check out the hand and footprints of every movie star I recognized. My only complaint is that I didn't want to stop. I was bummed when I'd exhausted the footprint supply. I wanted to stay and play some more while putting down the shrimpy movie stars. It was the first thing I noticed, that movie stars are a tiny lot. Or, at least, th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Grauman's Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
(323) 464-8111

Teddy's Lounge (in the Roosevelt Hotel)

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Attraction

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Too fun! This place is great. Teddy's Lounge is located right there in the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel. This is a classic 1920's Hollywood hotel. In fact, the first Academy Awards were held here starting in 1927. Get yourself a drink and relax at a table or on one of the lobby couches. You'll be surrounded by both tourists and locals having a drink before going on to a show at one of the three theaters just outside or taking a break from a banquet being held in one of the hotel's Hollywood-era style ballrooms. The first floor ceiling is open, allowing a view to the floor above. Or, you can go upstairs and walk around, looking down from the balcony. Either way, people are welcom...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Teddy's Lounge (in the Roosevelt Hotel)
7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA
Hollywood, California 90028
(323) 962-0326