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15 places not to miss by the Walk of Fame

Hollywood Boulevard is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Los Angeles. The part of Hollywood Boulevard that attracts tourists runs between La Brea Avenue and Vine Street, is over a kilometer long, and is home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the footprints of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and tons of shops and restaurants.

  • Hollywood at Highland
  • Dolby Theatre: 6801 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame Hollywood Boulevard between Gower and La Brea
  • Grauman’s Chinese Theater: 6925 Hollywood Blvd.
  • Madame Tussauds: 6933 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Gateway to Hollywood: Hollywood Boulevard at La Brea
  • Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel:  7000 Hollywood Boulevard
  • El Capitan Theater: 6838 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Hollywood Museum: Side trip to 1660 North Highland Avenue
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not: 6780 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Guinness Museum: 6764 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Egyptian Theatre: 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Musso and Frank Grill: 6667 Hollywood Boulevard
  • Wax Museum: 6767 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood at Highland

A part of Hollywood that is one of the most touristic places in all of Los Angeles. However, it is also the epicenter of old Hollywood history, the heart of the Hollywood Renaissance, and a tribute to its rich history. Hollywood Boulevard is located west of downtown Los Angeles and is accessible from Interstate 10 (La Brea Boulevard North exit), 110 (Hollywood Boulevard West exit), or 101 (Highland Avenue exit).

Dolby Theater

The Dolby Theater (formerly known as the Kodak Theater) is an auditorium for live performances at the Ovation Hollywood mall and entertainment complex, on Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. Since its opening on November 9, 2001, it has been the venue for the annual Oscars. Adjacent to Grauman’s Chinese Theater and near the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. In addition to the Oscars, other concerts and theater performances were held in the venue. The cinema halls where the Oscars are held can be visited for an additional fee.

Walk of Fame

The Walk of Fame spans the walkway along Hollywood Boulevard between Gower and La Brea Streets, and consists of more than 2,700 star-marked plates with the names of celebrities that have left their mark on the Los Angeles film industry. Hollywood Boulevard is the best place to observe the mix of tourists, locals and street performers sharing the sidewalk with each other. Here you can meet a group of street performers dressed as characters from movies and cartoons and, for an appropriate fee, take a photo with them.

Grauman’s Chinese Theater

There are hand and footprints of famous people in the courtyard in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. You can also spot prints such as Jimmy Durante’s dreadlocks or Whoopi Goldberg’s, and Michael Jackson’s gloves. The Chinese-style cinema was the venue for the first three Oscars. The cinema still hosts premiere screenings of many films.

Wax museum Madame Tussauds

With locations in London, New York, Las Vegas, Orlando and Washington, Madame Tussauds has gained international acclaim for her realistic portrayal of celebrities. From the President of the United States to the pirate Jack Sparrow, the museum features wax figures of your favorite performers at work, on the red carpet or in everyday situations.

La Brea Street and Hollywood Boulevard

At the intersection of La Brea Street and Hollywood Boulevard there is a famous monument called “Four Ladies of Hollywood”, also known as Gateway to Hollywood. This structure was built to celebrate four actresses of the era known as the Golden Age of Hollywood. The four pillars are supported by images of Mae West, Dorothy Dandridge, Anna Mae Wong and Dolores Del Rio, and the statue is topped with a weather vane modeled after Marilyn Monroe.

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

The great legends of cinema have stayed at this hotel since its opening in 1927, and some say it is haunted by the ghosts of Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe. It hosted the first-ever Oscars in 1929. Charlie Chaplin also lived in the hotel for a long time, there is a memorial plaque dedicated to him on the building.

El Capitan Theater

The El Capitan Theater is a Disney-owned cinema showing the premieres of their latest films. Before Halloween, performances of famous films take place there – the most famous is Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas”.

Hollywood Museum

A colorful art deco building just off Hollywood Boulevard on Highland Avenue was once the headquarters of Max Factor. Today it is the Hollywood Museum with the world’s largest collection of Hollywood memorabilia. The exhibitions on the ground floor are a tribute to the legendary make-up artist Max Factor with many original displays from their studio. There are also two floors of exhibits with costumes and other Hollywood movie memorabilia, and horror exhibits in the basement. The Hollywood Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions devoted to famous stars – for example, Marilyn Monroe or the 100th anniversary of Lucille Ball’s birth.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Like Madame Tussauds, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a network of museums across the country dedicated to the world’s most bizarre and unusual documents and artifacts. On the roof of the museum there is a giant dinosaur, and inside we can admire a collection consisting of over 300 peculiarities and exhibits. Here you can find, among other things, a replica of the tallest man in the world, see the greatest work of art and try to break the world record for the longest long jump.

The Egyptian Theater

The Egyptian Theater features independent, rare and classic films, as well as the 55-minute documentary “Forever Hollywood”. The name of the cinema comes from the Egyptian themes and decor. Cinema is a very important part of Hollywood history. After opening in 1922, the Egyptian theater hosted the first Hollywood premiere of “Robin Hood” by Cecille B. DeMille with Douglas Fairbanks.

Musso and Frank Grill

One of the few old-style Hollywood restaurants, famous for its martinis. The waiters still wear ties and red jackets, and the menu is as old-fashioned as their attire.

Hollywood Wax Museum

The Hollywood Wax Museum consists of more than 300 realistic figures made of wax. The Hollywood Wax Museum is an old Hollywood-style attraction, considered to be the longest-running wax museum in the United States. In the 1930s, this place was an exclusive nightclub where you could meet many stars and celebrities.