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Best Old Hollywood Landmarks In LA

July 8, 2013 7:00 AM

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(credit: Elise Crane Derby)

(credit: Elise Crane Derby)

(credit: Adam Rose/Turner Classic Movies)

(credit: Adam Rose/Turner Classic Movies)

In a city that is constantly updating itself, it can become difficult to find reminders of classic Hollywood history. But fear not — they do exist and if your tastes run to the silent or black-and-white Hollywood days, you’ll want to visit these LA landmarks.

Restaurants

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(credit: Musso and Franks)

Musso and Franks

6667 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-7788
mussoandfrank.com

This restaurant has been a fixture on Hollywood Blvd since 1919. Just walking in is like stepping through a time machine. Every actor, producer, writer, you name it, since the dawn of Hollywood has dined here. It is still a cool spot for Hollywood types and you will likely see celebs both young and old, no matter the time of day or night, making deals over martinis.

(credit: Formosa)

(credit: Formosa)

Formosa

7156 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 850-9050
More Info

Founded in 1925 and right across the street from Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbank PickFair Studios (now The Lot) this restaurant/bar has long been a favorite of Hollywood royalty. Stars from every era has spent an evening here. There is even a story about John Wayne having slept over after one too many, and waking up to make breakfast for himself and the staff.

Theaters

(credit: Elise Crane Derby)

(credit: Elise Crane Derby)

TCL Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

6925 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-4847
www.tclchinesetheatres.com

The only great movie house left on Hollywood Blvd opened in 1927. The Chinese Theatre has its world-famous handprints in the courtyard, but also wonderful artifacts from its long history in the lobby, in addition to all the amazing stories that come from the decor. For example, one mural was done by band leader Xavier Cugat. The theatre is dark for the summer of 2013 but they are conducting hard hat tours throughout the summer.

Related: Summer Hard Hat Tours Reveal Hidden Treasures At Iconic TCL Chinese Theatre

(credit: Million Dollar Theatre)

(credit: Million Dollar Theatre)

Million Dollar Theatre

307 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 617-3600
More Info

This theater, built in 1918, was also created by Sid Grauman and is one of the first movie houses in the United States. Housed in an ornate, Spanish Colonial-style building and with its extravagant interior, it is a time capsule of the glamor of Hollywood that no longer exists. It occasionally shows films but is available for viewing on Saturdays morning tours with the LA Conservancy Broadway Walking tour.

(credit: Turner Classic Movies)

(credit: Turner Classic Movies)

TCM Classic Film Festival

filmfestival.tcm.com

For the ultimate in Classic Hollywood experience in LA, the TCM Classic Film Festival is a must-attend event. Usually scheduled in April, Turner Classic Movies hosts thousands of fans for four days of classic films and celebrity speakers. Last year’s festival featured Mickey Rooney, Mitzi Gaynor, and Jane Fonda. Screenings take place at TCL (Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre, The Egyptian, El Capitan, and The Roosevelt Hotel (all on Hollywood Blvd.). Also displayed are vintage costumes, home movies, and discussions with living legends of the silent and talkie era. In 2014, the festival will be its fifth year.

Hikes

(credit: California State Parks)

(credit: California State Parks)

Will Rogers State Park

1501 Will Rogers Park Road
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 454-8212
www.parks.ca.gov

This park was the home of Will Rogers, who in the early 30s was the highest paid actor in Hollywood. You can tour his house, stables, and if you schedule it right, watch a game of polo. This estate is also in many films. The ranch once covered 186 acres and features many hiking trails to enjoy with views of the city.

(credit: Elise Crane Derby)

(credit: Elise Crane Derby)

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 913-4688
www.laparks.org

You can begin a hike from the historic and cinematic (most notable being “Rebel Without a Cause”) Griffith Observatory to the peak of Mount Hollywood. Along the way you get views of the entire city and some of the best views of the iconic Hollywood sign from various angles.

Studios

(credit: Warner Bros. Studios)

(credit: Warner Bros. Studios)

Warner Brothers

3400 W. Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91505
877-492-8687
vipstudiotour.warnerbros.com

There are many studios in LA but they are not all created equal or maintained alike. Warner Bros. has maintained a great deal of the back lot, where you can recognize sets from many of your favorite classic films, including the French cafe from “Casablanca.” They also have original props and set dressings from films like “Mildred Pierce,” “The Maltese Falcon,” and “Auntie Mame.” If all that weren’t enough, there is an entire floor of their museum with rotating exhibits of classic film costumes and set pieces. W. Riverside

Related: Best Studio Tours In Los Angeles

(credit: Henson Company)

(credit: Henson Company)

Chaplin Studio

1416 N. LaBrea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 802-1500
www.henson.com

This Tudor-style studio now known as Henson Studios was built by silent film icon Charlie Chaplin in 1917. Tours are not available, but you can get great pictures from the street and through the gate into the studio. The studio was designated as a Historic-Cultural Monument in 1969 and was renamed The Jim Henson Company Lot in 2000 when it was purchased by Jim Henson’s children for $12.5 million.

Elise Crane Derby writes the blog Elise’s Ramblings about Film, TV, Theatre and all entertainment.

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