Whilst most of the Hollywood attractions are to be found on or near Hollywood Boulevard there are never the less, many other attractions you may wish to visit whilst visiting Hollywood. Below we list attractions associated with Hollywood, which do not fit or may not be mentioned on any other pages, together with a short description on each.
Paramount Pictures Gate. 5555 Melrose Avenue Hollywood
The only motion picture studio still located in Hollywood. Walking tours of the studio take you through the back lot, film sets, stage & prop departments. Also gives you an insight into movie making's special effects. These gates are perhaps the most famous studio gates in the world and a must have photo for many visitors. Hollywood attractions
City Hall. 200 N. Spring St. Hollywood
Built in 1926 City Hall was the tallest building in LA until 1957. Contains observation deck on the 27th.floor from which you can survey the City. Tours can be taken on weekday mornings (Must be booked in advance) (213)485-4423. Appeared in many films was destroyed in the 1950's film "War of The Worlds" Hollywood attractions
Santa Monica Pier.
Built in 1908 this world famous pier as been completely restored over the years and is a vibrant fun spot for all the family. From its famous Ferris wheel, which overlooks a 1922 carousel, the one Paul Newman operated in "The Sting", to buskers & street traders should not be missed. A favorite film location of movie makers, remember Judge Reinhold in "Ruthless People" well it was this pier that he drove off. Just one of many locations filmed here. Hollywood attractions
Venice Beach. Santa Monica
Magnet for the most outrageous of LA's beautiful people acting out their fantasies as artists. The beach sidewalk consists of souvenir shops, tarot & fortune tellers, buskers, sand sculptors and virtually everyone doing their own thing can be seen. Keep fit is the religion here from body builders at Muscle Beach to skaters, bikers & joggers constantly traveling the beach bike path to Santa Monica & back. Skate & bike hire is everywhere so if you fancy a workout you're in the right place. The place where anything goes and nobody takes the slightest bit of notice. I've personally seen a pot bellied pig on a leash being taken for a walk by its owner. Film location for Baywatch and many movies etc. Best visited at weekends.
Queen Mary. Long Beach.
Launched in 1936 as the worlds largest luxury cruise ship, The Queen Mary was purchased from Cunard in 1967. This vessel carried royalty, statesmen and celebrities on trans atlantic voyages in the lap of luxury. Although she has now been converted into a Hotel you can wander by yourself through the ship. Guided tours also available this allow access to cabins etc and many other off limit areas. Hollywood attractions
Mexican Market. Olvera St. Official website
Numerous stalls and restaurants selling Mexican handicrafts and food. Many historic buildings in this area including LA's first house (the Avila Adobe). Free live entertainment provided by various bands & groups at the weekends.
Pershing Square. Olive St. Official website www.laconservancy.org
Oldest public park in LA its history dates back to 1781. Pershing Square is at the heart of and surrounded by many downtown landmarks. Ideal starting point from which to view all of LA's downtown attractions, historic buildings, modern plazas, good restaurants and colorful ethnic communities are all nearby. Organized walking tours run by the LA Conservation Society start from here on Saturdays taking in all the historic landmarks. This tour also takes in the beautiful interiors of some of LA's most stunning buildings. Hollywood attractions
Call in at the LA Visitors Bureau on Figueroa St. at 7th.St & Wilshire Boulevard for maps & guides.
800 North Alameda St.
Spanish style building who's massive waiting room contains arched corridors and a 50 ft. high ceiling. Built in 1939 by the railway companies Union Station is now the hob of LA's Metro system. Whenever the film makers require an old style waiting room this is the one that is filmed. Hollywood attractions
Farmers Market. 6333 West 3rd. St. & Fairfax.
Famous market that boasts international cuisine, wide range of gifts from around the world, regular special events for the family and fresh produce & flowers.
Official website www.farmersmarketla.com
Griffith Park. Griffith Park.
The largest municipal park in the US covers over 3000 acres in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Horse riding, hiking trails, picnic areas are just part of the attraction of this park. The observatory houses an astronomy museum, daily laser shows and free evening use of a giant Zeiss telescope to view the stars. The Observatory has appeared in many films perhaps the most famous being "Rebel Without A Cause" starring James Dean The knife fight scene was filmed here and there is a bust - plaque of James Dean commemorating this at the outside steps. The park also contains; The LA Zoo,
Gene Autry Museum, 28 tennis courts, 4 golf courses, miniature railway and merry go rounds for small children plus plenty of convenient parking. Countless films have been filmed here for further details visit Film Locations.
The Formosa Cafe. 7156 Santa Monica Blvd.(323)
Famous Cafe to the Stars since its opening in 1934 right next door to the then Warner Hollywood Studio's. The "Formosa" has served almost every star since, the proof can be found lining the walls over 250 signed photos of those same stars. Featured in many films over the years, you might find yourself seated in the same red leather booth used by Marilyn Monroe & Clark Gable whilst they were filming "The Misfits". Hollywood attractions
Tail of the Pup.
329 N. San Vincente Blvd.
Designed by architect Milton J. Black in 1938 and built in 1945, the Tail of the Pup was declared a cultural landmark in 1987. This saved it from demolition by a hotel developer and it was relocated to its present address in 87. Sells hot dogs & hamburgers 7 days a week there are tables and a small patio area where your can sit down to eat. Beloved local landmark just north of the Beverly Center at the junction of Beverly Blvd & San Vincente Blvd. Used by many celebrities and in many Films this unusual landmark is well worth a visit.
China Town. 1100 N. Broadway.
For over sixty years Chinatown as been a top tourist attraction, its East gate with its bright neon lights is just one of its many attractions. The fifty foot high Golden Pagoda & The Seven Star Cavern Wishing Well, where you can have a wish, are others. With its many shops and beautiful ornate buildings a stroll along Old Chinatown Plaza is not to be missed. As you walk through your recognize many settings used for Film Locations & TV series such as, Lethal Weapon 4, Melrose Place, Hart to Hart, Rockford Files etc. you may even see some filming.
Angels Flight. 3rd. & Hill St.
The world's shortest railway ferries passengers up and down Bunker Hill. Now fully restored and returned to service this historic shuttle runs between Hill St and California Plaza.
Bonaventure Hotel. 404 S. Figueroa Street. (213) 624-1000. Modern day landmark visible from the Freeways. Built in 1976 it is 35 story's high and consists of 5 cylindrical mirrored glass towers. Its futuristic appearance lends itself to look like something out of a Sci-Fic film, which in many ways it is. Has appeared in many Sci-Fic films including Blade Runner & Buck Rodgers etc.
Bradbury Building. 304 South Broadway. Built in 1893 this is LA's oldest commercial building and one of its grandest. It has wrought iron balconies, marble staircases and open caged elevators.
Rose Bowl. 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd.
103,000 capacity stadium that hosts the annual college football championships on New Year's Day. Before that over one million people line Colorado Boulevard to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade. Stadium can be toured for $3.
Dodgers Stadium. 1000 Elysian Park Ave.(213) 224-1500
The LA Dodgers stadium home to LA's premier Baseball Team. Munch a hot dog and savor the atmosphere of one of America's favorite pastimes, watching baseball during the baseball season. Hollywood attractions