A March 2007 trip
to Hollywood by anna195
Quote: I spent one day in Hollywood and there is a lot to see and do in one day! Well worth the trip!
Lining the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard are the names of all the famous stars of years past and present. You can find all your favorite stars' names there, whether they are actors, musicians, directors, or anything to do with show business. A personal favorite was seeing John Lennon's star in front of Capitol Records. Another favorite, Regis Philbin, was right in front of the Jimmy Kimmel Theatre. Be sure your camera has lots of room for photos! Overlooking Hollywood Blvd is the famous Hollywood sign. A very cool sight! Also lining Hollywood Boulevard are some unique shops and souvenir stores that you should check out. I noticed it is a great area to shop for shoes! There were a lot of stores featuring some very unusual but fashionable styles. Definitely a different experience for a Midwestern gal like me!
As I walked along from Capitol Records to the West, I came upon the Kodak Theatre and Grauman's Chinese Theatre, which are right next to each other. There were a lot of people gathered in the area taking photos with people dresses up as different characters such as Michael Jackson, Batman, Elvis, and many others. It was a fun place to be! Also a small side note about the traffic - The traffic is very slow-moving through all of L.A. so be sure and allow plenty of time for travel.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2007
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Blvd & Vine St.
Los Angeles, California 90028
Grauman's Chinese Theatre was built in 1927 by a partnership led by Sid Grauman. There have been countless movie premieres held here, and perhaps the most famous events held here are the imprints of the hands and feet of Hollywood's biggest stars. I would recommend the guided tour. You get a tour guide as well as headphones. You will get more detailed facts and information about the theater and the stars who have left their signatures and hand/foot prints there over the years. It is priced fairly reasonably, and will be well worth it.
Next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre is the Kodak Theatre where the Academy Awards are held. There are also live concerts held here throughout the year. So try and check out the theatre schedule to see if any concerts will be going on while you are there.
On top of the Chinese Theatre there are several eateries, which are all very delicious and also reasonably priced. I especially recommend the Mongolian Grill. Also from atop the Chinese Theatre you can view Hollywood Blvd. from above and see it from a different view. This was a very fun place to go. A definite must-see if you are in L.A. for even just a day!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2007
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
6925 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
Attraction | "The Lobby"
(This club's former name is The Lounge.) This is a very hip nightclub with elegant black and white decor. There was a line out front, which wasn't too long, but my group didn't have to wait in line as we were on the "Party Bus". We paid $20 to be bused as a group to the nightclub and got in the door as VIPs. Now that's the way to party in L.A.!
Inside the club, you will see that there used to be a spiral staircase in the middle of the room, but it has been replaced with a huge, glittering chandelier that hangs over the dance floor. There are two bars, one downstairs by the front door, and another upstairs. The upstairs bar is easier to order from as it is away from the big dance floor. The drinks are quite pricey, so you may not want to splurge on drinks. The music is hot, so make sure you wear your dancing shoes so you can tear up the dance floor!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 18, 2007
Lobby Supper Club
9077 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, California 90069