Los Angeles may be known as the city of angels, but it’s also the city of stars. Film buffs and movie fans have been trecking to Los Angeles for decades now just trying to get a glimpse of some of the stars and sights that make Hollywood such a picturesque location. Los Angeles may be a great place for any visitor, for cinephiles, in particular, Los Angeles with some of the most important sites in Cinema history. Some of the greatest films ever written were written right in Los Angeles. Many of the greatest films ever recorded, shot right in Los Angeles. So let’s take a look at what it has to offer to the movie buff in us all.
10 The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is perhaps the most obvious place in Los Angeles to visit for anyone hoping to see the stars. They may not be in person, or alive for that matter, but stars from back in 1958--when the Walk of Fame was first unveiled-- can all be found on this 1.3 miles of sidewalk that stretches across Hollywood boulevard. Most people know about the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but many just let it pass by beneath their feet without ever learning more than what’s on the surface. So before visitors stop by this Hollywood landmark, take a moment to get to know the history that’ll rest just beneath their feet.
9 Universal Studios Hollywood
Much like Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood has been bringing film fans into the world of cinema for decades now. Unlike Disneyland, Universal Studios is actually where the magic happens. They give tours of the stages, have rides, do haunted mazes themed as horror icons in pop culture such as Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, and Saw. Universal Studios is an experience perfectly tailored to the movie fans in every Los Angeles visitor and local alike. While Disneyland is meant to be an immersive experience that brings you into the world of Disney, Universal Studios has given movie fans a peek behind the scenes.
8 Griffith Observatory
Not only is Griffith Observatory a setting for many an icon scene (Rebel Without A Cause, La La Land, The Terminator-- just to name a few), but it’s also the site of a tribute to one of Hollywood’s fallen stars, James Dean. The story of the bust is actually a very interesting one. One that interested parties should definitely lookup, but for now let’s just start with the fact that the artst, Kenneth Kendall, actually began work on the sculpture the night that Dean lost his life in a tragic car accident. But that’s only the beginning. Stop by Griffith Park to discover more or the story in person.
7 Union Station
Like Griffith Observatory, Union Station has been the site of many iconic scenes throughout cinema history. From Bladerunner and The Dark Knight Rises to films like Catch Me If You Can and Pearl Harbor, Union Station is not only a hub for different worlds in cinema, but the trains that pull in and out every day can get you just about anywhere an intrepid cinephile may want to visit (like Universal Studios. Just a few short stops away on the red line).
6 Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
On May 18, 1927, the grand opening of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was one of the most spectacular and star-studded events in cinema history. People line the streets in thousands to see the stars that showed up to the premiere of Cecil B. Demille’s “The King Of Kings”. Since then Grauman’s has premiered films like Star Wars and host numerous Academy Awards ceremonies. While cinephiles may not get the star-treatment that some have grown accustomed to at Grauman’s, they can still get some fresh popcorn and catch up on the latest and greatest feature films at a Los Angeles Landmark.
5 Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Many film fans will be love coming to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for the films they play throughout the year. They’ll love grabbing a blanket, some close friends, some food from the food trucks and pop-ups set up at the event, and maybe even a few drinks. Others will enjoy the cemetery for its more...historic qualities. While it does host events like films, live music, and more, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is an actual cemetery. With actual celebrities buried on its grounds. Celebrities like Cecil B. Demille (who was mentioned earlier), Judy Garland, and even Anton Yelchin are all buried there.
4 Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre
Grauman’s is that larger than life, lavish theatre that visitors imagine when they think of old Hollywood. In fact, Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre is crediting with hosting the first Hollywood premiere ever. On Wednesday, October 18, 1922, Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre premiered Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks. After the decline of Hollywood in the late 80s early 90s (with which the theatre followed suit), the Egyptian Theatre was sold for a whopping one dollar to the American Cinematheque on the condition that it was returned to its former grandeur. Pretty good deal for everyone involved. Especially film fans.
3 Warner Bros. Studios
Warner Brothers Studio tours give movie lovers a chance to get behind the scenes and really learn what’s going on in their favorite films and series. From tours of the sets of The Big Bang Theory, Harry Potter, DC universe and even tours of the backlots and sound stages, Warner Bros. Studios is doing a terrific job of showing what it takes to create some of Hollywood’s biggest films. Anyone looking to get to know some of their favorite series just a little better should definitely check out some of their tours.
2 The New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly boulevard has a long and storied history. At different times before 1978, it was a nightclub, a candy store, a beer parlor, a french restaurant, any number of things. But, in 1978, when it was purchased by Sherman Togan, it would take on it’s most recent identity, A movie theatre. Back in 2007, Quentin Tarantino purchased the building that the New Beverly is located in, ever since then Tarantino has spent his time making the theatre a bastion of 35mm film. A shrine to a time before the digital age.
1 The Margaret Herrick Library
Fans of both film and literature will enjoy the Margaret Herrick Library. Not only is the Margaret Herrick Library home to over 80,000 screenplays, 35,000 posters, 32,000 books, and 10 million photographs, it’s also one of the largest research libraries in the country. Los Angeles is great place to get lost in the art of cinema, but it’s also one of the best places in the world to learn the art of cinema, to understand how and why it works the way it does. This library is a cornerstone of that of the endeavor.