Still on Hollywood Blvd, being blatant tourists.
Turning away from Hollywood Boulevard, you get a good view of the Hollywood sign.
Something about this building (across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex) really grabbed my attention. I was really shocked to learn that apparently it’s vacant. Click here for a fascinating write up on the building’s unfortunate history.
Obviously the Chinese Theater was on the list of things I wanted to check out, but there was construction going on so the front view was kind of obstructed. It’s okay, though, because soon we’ll be able to see the one at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with a nice, unobstructed view (that’s right, suckers. I just made lemonade out of those lemons!)
At least the courtyard with all the handprints was accessible, though the entry was narrow and it felt like being herded. Also, what the hell are you gawking at, lady?
Heh heh. Dutch Chinese. Get it?
Everyone loved Joan Crawford. Like Bette Davis, who quipped “Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it’s because I’m not a bitch. Maybe that’s why Joan Crawford always plays ladies.”
John Wayne played the lead role in a record 142 movies.
A hooker cut to look like Lana Turner is still a hooker. She just looks like Lana Turner (god, LA Confidential should have beat Titanic for Best Picture back in 97).
Pretty much the two guys who controlled the majority of my childhood.
Since the theater was being renovated, these ticket kiosks weren’t being used. Which is really a shame, because these things are totally freaking badass.
Remember that LA Go Card I mentioned a while back? We could have used the card for both Starline Tours and Madame Tussauds, but to tell you the truth I don’t really get this stuff. I don’t want to take pictures of wax figures, and I sure as hell don’t want to ride by celebrity’s houses. That whole thing just strikes me as creepy and kind of rude.
The whole area was really crowded, so I didn’t get any real shots of the Stars lining both sides of Hollywood Blvd. I got this one, though, because it’s Judge Goddamn Wapner.
The Roosevelt Hotel holds a place in Hollywood history, as it was the location of the First Academy Awards back in 1929. Which makes for a great segue to…
The Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak) is the current permanent home of the Academy Awards. If you’ve ever watched the Red Carpet ceremonies, you’d note that the red carpet itself extends way down the road, with attendees getting out of their cars down around that Hollywood First National Bank building (you’d also note that the signs for all the stores are covered up during the broadcast. No free advertising for you, Sephora!)
We used our Go Cards to take a tour of the theatre (normally $18 each). It was a fairly cool tour, moving through a lot of the common areas as well as the backstage areas before finally ending up out on the stage of the theater…
Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to take pictures of the interior because of concerns for security. Which doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense, honestly, but whatever. To make up for the lack of pictures, they give you a postcard at the end. Whoopty-shit.