Forming the beating of Los Angeles, the center of the nation’s film and television industry, Hollywood offers a wealth of romantic restaurants with picturesque backdrops and sultry ambiances that will light the flames of desire. The city is packed with something for every occasion from oceanside establishments to woodland hideaways that are perfect for celebrating special love. After dinner, head out and about to enjoy some of the city’s top attractions such as Hollywood Boulevard, the TCL Chinese Theatre, and Mount Lee high up in the Hollywood Hills which is home to the iconic Hollywood sign. Be sure to call the attractions and restaurants ahead of your visit to confirm current opening times.
1.Musso & Frank Grill
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Musso & Frank Grill is a legendary Hollywood restaurant where waiters serve classic American fare and handcrafted spine-tingling, stirred-not-shaken martinis to diners in luxurious mahogany red leather banquets booths. Hollywood's oldest eatery is now 100 years old and still going strong, specializing in comfort food from an earlier generation such as sweetbreads or sauerbraten of tongue, calf liver, lamb kidneys, chicken pot pie, and Welsh rarebit. The menu also offers lighter fare and a wide variety of drinks including classic old school cocktails, casual and rare wines, craft beers and imported spirits. Musso & Frank Grill is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday and dinner only on Sundays.
6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 323-467-7788
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Yamashiro Restaurant is a classic Japanese restaurant in the heart of the Hollywood Hills that has been serving traditional Japanese cuisine in an exquisite setting for over 100 years. Located high above Hollywood Boulevard, the restaurant’s name means “Mountain Palace” in Japanese and was built to replicate a palace located in the “Yamashiro” province mountains near Kyoto, Japan. Design elements and highlights of the restaurant include the magnificent entrance and driveway, the beautiful waiting area and sushi bar, the garden courtyard, a 100-year old bicycle, and a 600-year ancient pagoda. The restaurant hosts a family-friendly Hollywood Night Market in the Hollywood Hills every Thursday night that boasts over 30 vendors selling gourmet street food, live music, and an outdoor bar.
1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068, Phone: 323-466-5125
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3.El Floridita Restaurant
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Following the footsteps of the famous restaurant of the same name in Havana, Cuba, El Floridita Restaurant in Hollywood is a festive supper club that offers delectable Cuban fare and live Latin music. Located in an unassuming strip mall off of Fountain and Vine in the heart of Hollywood, the restaurant, which was once known as Prince’s club of choice for getting down to Latin music, promises a memorable night out with outstanding Cuban and Caribbean food, sublime cocktails, and live dance performances by some of the best regional and national salsa combos in the country. Tuck into Cuban delectables like ropa vieja and masitas de Puerco fritas while sipping mojitos and grooving to Johnny Polanco y Su Conjunto Amistad. Watch out for celebs like Mick Jagger, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez who regularly frequent the spot for some salsa.
1253 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038, Phone: 323-871-8612
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4.Fabiolus Cucina Italiana Verona
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Owned by Verona-born Fabio and Chiara Conti, Fabiolus Cucina Italiana Verona is a family-friendly restaurant that serves authentic Italian fare, including favorites such as house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, and traditional Northern Italian dishes. Located within walking distance of some of Hollywood’s top attractions like Avalon, the Palladium, the Montalban theatre, and Arclight Cinemas, the restaurant is ideally situated for a pre-theater show dinner or post-show drinks. Dishes are prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and produce, using age-old recipes that have been passed down through generations. Fabiolus Cucina is open for lunch, Tuesday through Friday, and dinner only on the weekends.
6270 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028, Phone: 323-467-2882
Gwen is a European-style, chef-driven butcher shop and a restaurant that serves meat-centric tasting and a la carte menus in an industrial-style setting. Diners can choose from a three-, five, or 10-course tasting menu, which are served in the main dining room, or an a la carte menu that is served at the bar. The refined full-service restaurant focuses on fire-based cooking techniques with house-made charcuterie, and prime and rare breed meats being at the center of each plate. A lovely patio is perfect for lite bites or pre-dinner cocktails and being just a stone’s throw from The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, the restaurant’s pre-theatre menu is a popular choice. Gwen is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner, seven nights a week.
6600 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 323-946-7500
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6.La Boheme (LB66)
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Hailed as one of West Hollywood’s most beautiful restaurants, La Bohème, now known as LB66, is an upscale steakhouse with reclaimed wood floors, tall ceilings, large glass windows and doors and elegant French chandeliers with low tungsten light. The super-stylish steakhouse serves classic fare such as succulent prime steaks, large-format chops, and meat platters along with hearty sides and freshly prepared salads, along with an extensive selection of fine wines to pair with plates. La Bohème features a charming garden patio with a crackling fireplace framed by beautiful roses and scented jasmine. La Bohème is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
8400 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, Phone: 323-848-2360
7.Madera Kitchen & Bar
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Set on Cahuenga Boulevard in the heart of Hollywood, Madara Kitchen is a casual eatery with retro décor that serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine in a laid-back ambiance. Located along the edge of the Hollywood Hills, Madera Kitchen features a charming outdoor patio with beautiful views over the surrounding hills where guests can savor delicious cuisine such as homemade pasta, fresh salads, flatbreads and dips, and entrées such as hanger steak with baked ricotta, turkey club BLTs on challah with burrata, and steak frites with arugula salad. Madara Kitchen is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner Friday through Sunday and dinner only Tuesdays through Thursdays.
1835 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 213-261-3687
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8.Mama Shelter LA
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Perching six-stories over Hollywood Boulevard with a chic rooftop bar, Mama Shelter LA is a boutique hotel with stylish accommodations and an elegant restaurant serving New American cuisine. Designed by Thierry Gaugain, Mama Shelter LA’s rooftop bar serves lunch and dinner, seven days a week against a backdrop of spectacular views over Hollywood.
6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 323-785-6600
© Marino Ristorante
Dating back to the 1950s and the heyday of Hollywood, Marino Ristorante is a family-owned and operated old school dining establishment that promises an unforgettable dining experience. The restaurant features classic old school décor, original oil paintings, and eclectic memorabilia collected over 60 years in the hospitality business. The menu features traditional Italian cuisine prepared with high quality, locally sourced and organic ingredients, along with imported specialties such as cured meats and cheeses, antipasto, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and Tuscan herbs. The cuisine is accompanied by a list of fine wines from Italy and around the world, craft beers, and signature cocktails, and is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday and dinner only on Sundays.
6001 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, Phone: 323-466-8812
10.Miceli’s Italian Restaurant
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If it’s an intimate and romantic evening out to celebrate love you are looking for, then Miceli’s Italian Restaurant is the place to go. Located on Las Palmas Avenue, the restaurant serves a menu of authentic Italian fare in an elegant setting against a backdrop of serenading Italian arias from singing waiters and waitresses. The menu features an array of appetizers and platters of antipasto, fresh salads, hearty entrées of veal, beef, chicken, and fresh seafood, homemade pasta and sauces, wood-fired pizzas, and decadent desserts. Casual wines and craft beers are on offer to enjoy with the food, along with classic cocktails, and specialty coffees. Miceli’s Italian Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1646 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 323-466-3438
11.Moun of Tunis Restaurant
Moun of Tunis Restaurant is a vibrant restaurant with Moroccan-style décor that serves traditional Tunisian and Moroccan cuisine and hosts evening entertainment in the form of belly-dancing. The restaurant’s Tunisian-born chef produces a fixed-price menu of innovative fare that takes diners on a journey to East Africa with dishes such as the Moroccan Feast which consists of Brik or Harira, Salads with Mechoui or Brochette, B'Stilla, Lemon Chicken or Lamb with Artichokes or Fish of the Day, Couscous with Vegetables and Boulettes, Tea and Dessert. Moun of Tunis is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
7445 1/2 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, Phone: 323-874-3333
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Norah is a sleek and stylish neighborhood spot in the heart of West Hollywood that boasts lofty ceilings, a white marble bar, stark graphic art on the walls, and moody lighting that serves New American cuisine. Owned by international restaurateur Rohan Talwar and chef Mike Williams, the Thomas Schoos-designed space is airy and warm with wood accents, a raftered ceiling, and a black and white marble bar. Diners share long, communal tables with mismatched tops and cushy couches and chairs invite guests to linger. The menu features a blend of rustic New American flavors with innovative dishes such as daily market crudo, a selection of freshly shucked oysters, heritage pork glazed with cider, and a lobster bolognese gnocchi. The cuisine is accompanied by a hand-curated selection of fine wines and rare labels, along with signature cocktails. Norah is open for dinner only, seven nights a week with live jazz Sundays.
8279 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046, Phone: 310-643-5853
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Located in a charming turn-of-the-century craftsman bungalow a block off Sunset and Vine, Off Vine Restaurant is a favorite neighborhood eatery in the Sunset & Vine District that serves brunch, lunch, and dinner. Boasting a relaxed, rustic ambiance, the restaurant offers delicious options for breakfast and bottomless brunch such as omelets, scrambles and griddle specials, and fresh salads, sandwiches, and entrées for lunch. The dinner menu features Braised-Boneless Short Ribs slow-cooked in red wine and fresh herbs, Filet Mignon with a Roquefort cabernet sauce, Stuffed Red Bell Peppers with quinoa, served on a bed of wild field greens and Pistachio Encrusted Vegan Chicken with a mango sauce. Off Vine Restaurant also offers catering services for private functions and events.
6263 Leland Way, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 323-962-1900
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Pace is a cozy, romantic Italian eatery renowned for its melt-in-your-mouth wood-fired pizzas and handmade pasta with hearty sauces. Once the unofficial landmark of the old Laurel Canyon, the legendary restaurant is based in an old, rustic building akin to those found in Tuscany and surrounded by dense woodlands and forests. The charming eatery boasts a menu to boot with classic dishes such as cedarwood grilled salmon, soul-curing tortellini and rigatoni, and their famous brown rye chips and seasoned pretzels. Don’t miss the Zeus’ pizza, which is topped with enough home-cured prosciutto to leave a lasting mark. Pace is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, Phone: 323-654-8583
Providence is a softly-lit, romantic restaurant that offers an exclusive fine-dining experience in a tranquil setting. Helmed by Chef Michael Cimarusti, Providence prides itself on being LA’s statement piece when it comes to world-class dining with dark interiors, elegant chandeliers, and a warm and unpretentious ambiance. Set on Melrose Avenue, the absurdly expensive pre-fixe seafood restaurant serves a choice of three set menus, including a Chef’s Menu that features 11 main courses ranging from wagyu beef with a truffle-injected potato to pepper-wrapped squid and spicy Thai-inspired prawns. Treat yourself with selections from the roaming dessert and cheese cart and sip rare vintages suggested by the professional sommelier with each dish. Providence is open for dinner seven nights a week, and lunch on Fridays only.
5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, Phone: 323-460-4170
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Rao’s in Hollywood is a classic Italian restaurant and replica of the venerable New York eatery that serves hearty, home-style Italian fare and casual wines in an intimate, romantic setting. The Rat Pack outpost features cozy red leather booths, dark wood accents, and twinkling year-round Christmas lights, and it has built its reputation on being impossible to get into with velvet-rope exclusivity. The menu reflects the tastes of New York with old-fashioned southern Italian fare with dishes of handmade pasta, paper-thin pizzas, fresh salads, platters antipasto, and ocean-fresh seafood. The exceptional wine list boasts both Italian and global wines with well-known and rare vintages, as well as signature cocktails and imported liqueurs. Rao’s is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
1006 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038, Phone: 323-962-7267
Located next to the Dream Hotel, Tao is an elegant restaurant that follows in the footsteps of the Las Vegas version and draws a fashionable crowd to its enormous space for dinner and cocktails every evening. Boasting dark, faux-Asian motifs and a 20-foot tall Quan Yin statue floating above a koi pond, the restaurant displays subtle animations that bring the sculpture to life during dinner service. The menu is created by Chef Ralph Scamardella and features Asian-style fare, with classic bites like barbecue pork buns, Peking duck, Chilean seabass satay skewers, lobster fried rice, and an array of fresh, handmade sushi. Tao is open for dinner Monday through Sunday.
6421 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 323-593-7888
© The Edmon
Tucked inside the iconic Hollywood Historic Hotel on the stretch between Wilton and Western, the Edmon is a swanky, art deco–inspired spot on Melrose that serves contemporary cuisine and classic cocktails in a quiet, romantic setting. Harking back to the gilded age of Hollywood, the drinking and music-listening den is the perfect spot for a quiet dinner for two with elegant chandeliers, dark wood accents, and a tall back bar. The restaurant serves a menu of contemporary cuisine with classic dishes such as fresh Caesar salads, succulent prime cut steaks, sticky braised short ribs, and an extensive list of colorful cocktails, fine wines, and craft beers. The Edmon is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
5168 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, Phone: 323-645-5225
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19.Beauty & Essex
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Beauty & Essex is a sophisticated, jewel-toned eatery in the heart of Hollywood with vintage décor and a sophisticated ambiance. Part of the TAO group, the glorious new dining hall is set within a 10,000 square foot complex that features a real-live collector’s shop with exquisite jewelry and musical instruments that creates an almost trompe l’oeil-like entrance for the several dining rooms and lounges that make up the restaurant. The eatery serves a menu of New American plates, including snackable bites like tomato tartare, tuna poke wonton tacos, grilled cheese, and tomato soup dumplings, and oven-braised meatballs, accompanied by a variety of signature cocktails and vintage wines. Beauty & Essex is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
1615 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 323-676-8880
20 Best Restaurants in Hollywood, CA
- Musso & Frank Grill, Photo: Musso & Frank Grill
- Yamashiro, Photo: Yamashiro
- El Floridita Restaurant, Photo: El Floridita Restaurant
- Fabiolus Cucina Italiana Verona, Photo: Fabiolus Cucina Italiana Verona
- Gwen, Photo: Gwen
- La Boheme (LB66), Photo: La Bohème (LB66)
- Madera Kitchen & Bar, Photo: Madera Kitchen & Bar
- Mama Shelter LA, Photo: Mama Shelter LA
- Marino Ristorante, Photo: Marino Ristorante
- Miceli’s Italian Restaurant, Photo: Miceli’s Italian Restaurant
- Moun of Tunis Restaurant, Photo: razorconcept/stock.adobe.com
- Norah, Photo: Norah
- Off Vine, Photo: Off Vine
- Pace, Photo: Andrey Popov/stock.adobe.com
- Providence, Photo: Providence
- Rao's, Photo: Rao's
- Tao, Photo: Tao
- The Edmon, Photo: The Edmon
- Beauty & Essex, Photo: Beauty & Essex
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More Ideas: Sunset Marquis, a Unique West Hollywood Hotel
California is filled with incredible things to see and do. From the museums and attractions of San Diego to the redwood forests of the north, the iconic landmarks of San Francisco, and the cool coastal paradise of Big Sur, there's something for everyone in the Golden State, and it's the sort of place where you could spend an entire lifetime exploring and discovering new things each and every day.
One of the most touristic and popular parts of California is, of course, Hollywood. Home of the movies and the stars, Hollywood is the heart of the American entertainment industry, and it's an amazing place to visit. Whether you're roaming down Sunset Boulevard, catching some stand-up at the historic Comedy Store, doing some shopping on Melrose Avenue, or admiring the stars on the Walk of Fame, there’s plenty to do.
Many visitors to the area prefer to stay in the West Hollywood area, renowned for its vibrant nightlife, exciting entertainment venues, and easy access to both Hollywood and Beverly Hills. If you’re looking for a great place to stay in West Hollywood, the Sunset Marquis should be at the top of your list.
Sunset Marquis - Best West Hollywood Hotel
A luxury hotel in the heart of West Hollywood, the Sunset Marquis offers deluxe accommodation, on-site dining, soothing spa treatments, lively events, amazing service, and more, with the entire experience being designed to provide happy memories and magical experiences for each and every guest. It’s one of the best hotels in West Hollywood and the perfect place to base yourself for exploration of the area.
- The Hotel - The Sunset Marquis is located perfectly between Beverly Hills and Hollywood, letting guests have easy access to the homes of the stars as well as key attractions like the Walk of Fame. The hotel is spread out across 3.5 acres, offering colorful gardens, a tranquil setting, luxury villas and suites, an on-site restaurant, a spa, a bar, and two heated pools as well. It's only steps away from the Sunset Strip, with lots of legendary comedy, music, and nightlife venues in the surrounding area like Whisky a Go-Go and The Comedy Store.
- Private Villas - For the ultimate in luxury accommodation in West Hollywood, the villas of the Sunset Marquis are simply unbeatable. Nestled among lush, green gardens, these Junior and One Bedroom Villas are simply idyllic for solo travelers or couples looking for something romantic, while the Grand Villas and Presidential Villa offer even more space and amenities for families or groups of friends. What's more, the staff of the Sunset Marquis aim to make your stay just right for you and your fellow guests, offering everything from musical instruments in your villa to luxury vehicle rentals and more.
- The Suites - Those who don't need quite as much space or privacy can elect to stay in one of the many premium suites of the Sunset Marquis, as opposed to the private villas. All of the suites come equipped with luxury Molton Brown body care and bath products, as well as Bluetooth speakers to let you play your music however you like. The simplest suites measure up at an impressive 480 square feet, ideal for couples or solo travelers, while the two-bed, two-bath suites offer over 860 square feet of space in total. All of the rooms feature cozy beds, HD TVs, and plenty of other features.
- Cavatina - If you're looking for fine dining during your stay at the Sunset Marquis, you can visit one of the many local restaurants or bars, or simply stay at the hotel and stop off at the on-site Cavatina Restaurant. Regarded as one of the best restaurants in West Hollywood, Cavatina is open all week long from 7am to 10.30pm and offers top quality snacks, dishes, desserts, and more, all made with top quality, seasonal ingredients and served alongside fine wines, craft spirits, and other delicious drinks to suit every taste and preference.
- Spa - Hollywood is such a lively and vibrant place, with non-stop lights, sounds, and action all around, but there are some times when you just want to lie down, relax, and forget about the hustle and bustle of the city around you. That's exactly what you can do at the Sunset Marquis Spa. Offering soothing spaces and luxury spa treatments of all kinds, the Spa is the perfect place to feel totally at ease. Couples massages, hydrodermia skin treatments, and LA NATURA body scrubs are just a few options on the menu at this West Hollywood spa.
- BAR1200 - In keeping with the vibrancy and entertainment heritage of West Hollywood, the Sunset Marquis also features its own on-site bar with live entertainment and premium craft spirits from around the world. At the end of a busy day exploring the city, BAR1200 offers the tranquil comfort and friendly vibe you need to end the day on the perfect note. Live piano music is played on a weekly basis, with the bar also boasting an extraordinary menu of spirits and wines including Yamazaki 18 year old single malt Japanese whisky and Dom Perignon champagne.
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More Ideas: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a place unlike any other final resting place in the world. In the 62- acre site, has become a landmark with 80, 000 gravesites that contain countless stars, writers, directors, performers, composers, voice actors, and founders of production studios. The cemetery has been listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, and people from around the world come to see the graves of Hollywood elites and pay their respects. Located beside Paramount Studios, with a view of the Hollywood sign, and as a location to many events, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is very connected to the entertainment industry and is a popular place to visit.
The cemetery was founded in 1899, and since then it has be the set for an interesting history filled with scandal and restoration. In 1939, Jules Roth who was a convicted felon purchased a 51% stake in the property. In the following six decades he let the grounds fall apart while he used the funds from the cemetery to pay for this personal luxuries. Roth also forbade minorities from being buried at the cemetery, this included actress Hattie McDaniel from Gone With The Wind. As the cemetery began to fall into disrepair, a class action lawsuit was filed against Roth in 1986. He had to sell parts of the property to pay for his legal and tax bills, yet by the 1990s the cemetery was in a state of total disaster and no longer profitable. In 1998 Roth passed away, that following year Tyler and Brent Cassity purchased the cemetery, invested millions in renovations and renamed the area to Hollywood Forever. Along with their restorations they created a monument to Hattie McDaniel, and turned the site into a cultural hub. By hosting events such as outdoor movie screenings, concerts, and events like Día de los Muertos they brought the community together to enjoy the space. Not only is Hollywood Forever a resting place for countless stars, but also the beautiful grounds are a popular place for tourists to visit.
Even thought Hollywood Forever functions as an active cemetery and funeral home, it still is a culturally significant aspect to Los Angles. There are many famous people from the entertainment industry buried on the grounds, which allow the public to visit their final resting place and learn more about their stories. There are more Hollywood icons in Hollywood Forever than in any other cemetery in the world. Some of the most iconic people resting on the grounds include Judy Garland, Darla Hood, Rudolph Valentino, Peter Lorre, and many more. It is a popular place to visit because of the beauty of the well-kept grounds, the old buildings on site and the elaborate life-size statues, headstones and portraits around the graves.
Hollywood Forever is a social center within Los Angles; there are many events that take place at the venue throughout the year. Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery outdoor movies, Día de los Muertos, and other concerts some of the events held at the cemetery. Since 2002 outdoor movie events have been offered at the cemetery, prior and after screenings there are pre-show DJs, themed photo booths, and occasional visits by directors, filmmakers, and stars. It is a lively event that is open to the public, and movies from across the decades are shown, which includes famous vintage films. Another popular event that Hollywood Forever hosts is Día de los Muertos, which is a celebration that roots from Aztec culture. It is celebrated in Mexico as a day of prayer and remembrance to family remembers and friends who have passed away. The cemetery hosts one of the biggest events in California, it is filled with musical performances, an art exhibition, hundreds of Aztec ritual dancers, food vendors, and arts and crafts.
Other events that are held on the grounds include concerts by musical performers such as Bishop Briggs, Artic Monkeys, and GUM. Held in the Masonic Lodge, which was built in 1927, Bishop Briggs will be holding the album release show of Church of Scars. The band of Artic Monkey will also be using the venue to hold an outdoor concert on the Fairbanks Lawn Gates at Forever Hollywood. GUM is another musical artist that will be performing in the Masonic Lodge. Today Forever Hollywood is a tourist hub because it is one of the most lively and active cemeteries due to its history, connection to stars, and involvement in the community.
6000 I Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90038, Phone: 323-469-1181
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More Ideas: Warner Brothers Studio Tour
The Warner Brothers Studio in Hollywood, California is open to the public for tours. Guests are invited to see behind the scenes and experience the sets and props used in some of their favorite Warner Brothers films and television shows. Backlot tours show guests the sets of classic movies such as Batman and Casablanca along with television shows such as Friends and Gilmore Girls. Due to current filming schedules, no two tours of the 110-acre lot are alike.
Prop department tours allow guests to explore over 48,000 registered artifacts stored in 200,000 square feet of space. Memorabilia from Warner Brothers’ movies and shows spans 100 years of film making, from Casablanca to The Hangover. Exhibits at the Studio include a Batmobile exhibit, which showcases several of Batman’s cars and motorcycles from 1989 through 2016. DC Universe: The Exhibit features the villains and super heroes from DC Comic books. The exhibit includes rare first editions of Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman comic books, as well as comic books from all seven of the Justice League heroes. Authentic props and costumes from Warner Brothers superhero movies are on display. New to the exhibit is a section devoted to the recent Wonder Woman movie. Guests can see authentic props from the movie including Wonder Woman’s lasso, tiara and sword. Set design elements are on display as well, including Dr. Maru’s Laboratory. Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts exhibits over 15 years of costumes and props from the Harry Potter films. Stage 48: Script to Screen is an interactive exhibit offering a 45-minute self-guided experience that teaches guests about all aspects of film and television production. In the pre-production and production exhibits, visitors can build their own Batmobile, cast their own shows, and record real test shots at the authentic Central Perk set from the television series, Friends. Visitors may even purchase coffee from the set, which doubles as a real café. A post-production exhibit introduces guests to the green screen, and the special effect of motion capture. Visitors can play with sound and audio effects in a state-of-the-art recording studio. The Stage 48 exhibit concludes with the Legacy Room, a tribute to classic, award-winning Warner Brothers films and shows. In a tribute to the founding four brothers of Warner Brothers, guests will see some of the most recognizable props from popular movies, as well as a collection of awards the studio has won over the years.
History: The Warner Brothers were four brothers, Adam, Harry, Jack and Sam. The brothers were showing and producing films as early as 1903. By 1924, they were considered Hollywood’s most successful independent studio. The 62-acre lot on which the studio is located, was built in 1926 by First National Pictures. Warner Brothers purchased a major interest in the lot after the success of The Jazz Singer, one of the first ‘talking pictures.’ The studio has been giving informal tours of the grounds since the day it was opened. In 1971, after merging with Columbia Pictures and expanding The Burbank Studios, the new company opened a public facing tour program to increase revenue. The tours quickly gained in popularity with over 15,000 people attending annually. In the 1990’s, Warner Brothers reclaimed the entire lot from Columbia Pictures when The Burbank Studios dissolved. This allowed for the studio tours to expand. The addition of a public-facing ticketing office, which did not require visitors to receive a lot pass prior to purchasing tickets, increased access and attendance.
Ongoing Programs and Education: Three different tours of the Warner Brothers Studios are available. The Studio Tour explores the backlots, soundstages and each of the exhibits. The guided portion of the tour last approximately 2 hours, and guests may spend as much time as needed enjoying the self-guided exhibits. The guided portion of the Deluxe Tour lasts approximately 5 hours. Guests who arrive 15 minutes early are treated to a continental breakfast and coffee. Lunch at the Commissary Fine Dining Room is included in the tour, and after lunch, guests are treated to an exclusive tour of the studio lot, a look at post-production work, and a visit to The Mill, where studio craftsmen build special effects and sets. Also included on the Deluxe Tour is a visit to the Costume Department where visitors may see designers in action working on current films. The Studio hosts specially themed holiday tours, including Horror Made Here, a Halloween themed tour which focuses on the sets, props and costumes from Warner Brothers’ horror movies.
3400 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505, Phone: 877-492-8687
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