Top 10 Things to do on Historic Hollywood Boulevard

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The biggest days for this Boulevard were in the 1920’s and 30’s but like everything else it eventually fell out of favor. Walking on this street you will see some of the greatest historic sites but also runaways, drug addicts and prostitutes. In the recent years it has been given a face lift and now it is better than it used to be. You have to also keep in mind that this is the home for the Oscars too.

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (www.hollywoodroosevelt.com)

This hotel goes all the way back to 1929 where the first Academy Award was given. Several celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, David Hockney and Douglas Fairbanks Sr had something to do with this hotel and one of the greatest amenities here is the Marilyn Monroe Suite.

El Capital Theatre (http://disney.go.com/disneypictures/el_capitan/)

As soon as you arrive on this Boulevard you will notice the neat design of this theatre. This theatre goes all the way back to 1926 and it was Hollywood’s first live theater. Today it is owned by Disney and functions as a first-run movie theater.

Pantages Theatre (http://www.pantages-theater.com/)

This is a must see tourist attraction. It has been restored to Art Deco glory and it is often times called ‘The Grande Dame’. It has a magnificient auditorium with three dimensional ceilings. These days ‘The Grande Dame’ hosts Broadway shows.

Walk of Fame (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Walk_of_Fame)

There are over 2,000 celebrities that have been immortalized in the sidewalk. But that does not only include people. Lassie is one of those who has his own star there. If you want more information or check out who is next then log on www.hollywoodchamber.net.

Musso & Frank Grill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musso_&_Frank_Grill)

This restaurant opened in 1919 and it is one of the oldest restaurants in Hollywood and the surprising thing is that most of its interior decor is still unchanged. You can also spot some celebrities here too but unfortunately not celebrities like Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner, who were all patrons of this restaurant.

Hollywood & Highland (http://www.hollywoodandhighland.com/)

You can shop, dine, play, stay or maybe even go for a day in the spa here. The famous Renaissance is also found here and in case you did not know this center is also home for the Kodak Theatre which has 3,6000 seat and is home of the Oscars.

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (http://www.manntheatres.com/chinese/)

This is truly a marvelous piece of architecture that was opened in 1927. The first things shown here was King of Kings of Cecil B De Mille. This is also where a lot of celebrities leave their hands and feet printed in the cement.

Frederick’s of Hollywood (http://www.fredericks.com/)

Ever wondered where innovations like the push-up bra and the thong originated from? Frederick Mellinger is responsible for such innovations and he also dressed Hollywood celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo.

The Egyptian Theatre (http://www.egyptiantheatre.com/egyptian/egypt.htm)

A nonprofit film organization, the American Cinematheque, owns this theatre which was built in 1922. The marvelous theater cost $800,000 and took 18 months to finish. To renovate it the cost went up to $12.9 million. You can also get a good look of this theatre from the Hollywood & Highland Center.

Capitol Records Tower (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitol_Records)

This is the building that is owned by the music giants, Capitol Records. The building looks like a stack of records and it blinks out ‘Hollywood’ in Morse code. Celebrities and rock stars who recorded for Capitol Records are Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, The Beatles, Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, Coldplay and Radiohead.

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