Experiencing the magic of Hollywood is reaching back and feeling her history in your bones. The art and artists of cinema created a world of its own. The majesty of her Golden Era can be felt in her historic studios, theatres, streets, hotels and old celebrity haunts. Hollywood is not only the home of cinema but we are a culture. Inspired by artistic vision we are the town of dreamers. We have our own history and created a universal language from our culture, the language of cinema. - JRN
ABOUT THE PANTAGES
By Laurie Jacobson
The Pantages Theater, Hollywood’s last glorious movie palace, opened June 4, 1930, near the fabled corner of Hollywood and Vine. An Art Deco masterpiece, it’s still considered one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. In 1949, millionaire-aviator Howard Hughes turned studio owner when he took the reigns of RKO Studios, including its flagship theater. Hughes loved the Pantages and set up plush offices on the second floor. Today, Hughes is seen time and again in the executive offices and his footsteps are heard throughout the building. Assistants in the outer office know he’s approaching when the room fills with the smell of cigarette smoke—which Hughes despised. Then, the young Hughes, tall, lanky, dressed in a plain suit, strides around a corner and walks through a wall that was the original doorway to his office. A female presence also calls the theater home. Back in 1932, a female patron died in the mezzanine during a show. After some time passed, when the auditorium was dark and quiet, the voice of a woman could be heard singing…sometimes in the day, other times late at night after everyone had gone home. Employees at the Pantages developed a theory about the voice. The unfortunate young woman who died in the theater may have been an aspiring singer who’d come to see one of the musicals so popular in the early ’30s. She now lives out her dream of performing at the Pantages. And she’s lost her stage fright: her voice has been picked up on microphone on stage and carried over the monitor during a live performance. Engineers actually picked up the voice of someone who was not visible on the stage.
6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
A historic landmark which was the original Fairbanks Pickford Studios, then, in 1928 renamed The United Artists Studios, then, The Samuel Goldwyn Studios, The Warner Hollywood Studios and today is called the Lot. The Lot is located on the corner of Formosa Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood,
"Mary Pickford used her stature in the movie industry to promote a variety of causes. Although her image depicted fragility and innocence, Pickford proved to be a good businesswoman who took control of her career in a cutthroat industry. An astute businesswoman, Pickford became her own producer within three years of her start in features. According to her Foundation, "she oversaw every aspect of the making of her films, from hiring talent and crew to overseeing the script, the shooting, the editing, to the final release and promotion of each project". She demanded (and received) these powers in 1916, when she was under contract to Zukor's Famous Players in Famous Plays (later Paramount). Zukor acquiesced to her refusal to participate in block-booking, the widespread practice of forcing an exhibitor to show a bad film of the studio's choosing to also be able to show a Pickford film. In 1916, Pickford's films were distributed, singly, through a special distribution unit called Artcraft. The Mary Pickford Corporation was briefly Pickford's motion-picture production company.
In 1919, she increased her power by co-founding United Artists (UA) with Charlie Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, and her soon-to-be husband, Douglas Fairbanks. Before UA's creation, Hollywood studios were vertically integrated, not only producing films but forming chains of theaters. Distributors (also part of the studios) arranged for company productions to be shown in the company's movie venues. Filmmakers relied on the studios for bookings; in return they put up with what many considered creative interference. United Artists broke from this tradition. It was solely a distribution company, offering independent film producers access to its own screens as well as the rental of temporarily unbooked cinemas owned by other companies. Pickford and Fairbanks produced and shot their films after 1920 at the jointly owned Pickford-Fairbanks studio on Santa Monica Blvd.The producers who signed with UA were true independents, producing, creating and controlling their work to an unprecedented degree. As a co-founder, as well as the producer and star of her own films, Pickford became the most powerful woman who has ever worked in Hollywood. By 1930, Pickford's acting career had largely faded.. After retiring three years later, however, she continued to produce films for United Artists. She and Chaplin remained partners in the company for decades. Chaplin left the company in 1955, and Pickford followed suit in 1956, selling her remaining shares for three million dollars."
1041 North Formosa Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
The original Charlie Chaplin Studios is a historic landmark in the world of cinema. After Chaplin sold it the studio changed hands several times and was for a time the old A&M Records. It is now the Jim Henson Company. It's a beautiful place and worth a visit. The Jim Henson Company Lot is a studio property located just south of the southeast corner of North La Brea Avenue and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. It was built in 1917 by film star Charlie Chaplin.
By David Israel
By 1917, Charlie Chaplin had enough clout to build his own studio. Charlie Chaplin Studios, located just south of Sunset Boulevard on La Brea Avenue, was a state-of-the-art movie-making facility and included a private residence for Chaplin, complete with a swimming pool, tennis courts and horse stables. Chaplin shot many of his most famous movies at the studio, including his first "talkie" 1940's The Great Dictator, and 1925's The Gold Rush, one of the highest grossing movies of the silent era.
1416 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The long awaited opening will be in the spring. Spend days getting lost in the history and magic of old Hollywood.
6067 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Southern California has a wide variety of beaches. Whether you're a surfer, swimmer, love sailing or just hanging out on the beach, we have it all in Malibu, Zuma Beach, Santa Monica and for craziness Venice Beach. You can get to a beach by heading west until you hit them.
Old Hollywood magic. The hang out of
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker. The hotel is known as both a long-and short-term residence for celebrities, as well as a home for New Yorkers in Hollywood. Old Hollywood glamour, plus a pool, an intimate restaurant & an elegant cocktail bar.
8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
They say the ghosts of Hollywood's past walk these halls at night. The ghosts of Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Carole Lombard and Rudolph Valentino are still a frequent guests at this iconic Hollywood treasure.
7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
The stunning Griffith Observatory was immortalized in the James Dean movie Rebel Without A Cause in 1955, by Director Nicholas Ray. Here you can catch some of the greatest views in Los Angeles and get lost looking up at the stars.
(The other stars)
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
After a busy festival day Santa Monica is a great place to chill out. Summer music on the pier, rides for the kids, great restaurants and both arthouse and mainstream movie theatres.
Every filmmaker at least once in their life must go up to the Hollywood sign. There is an eerie magic, you will get chills.
Over 100 years of making movie magic. Explore the cinema history and take a tour.
5515 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Enjoy Universal Citywalk and then tour the studio.
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
The restaurant is a Hollywood Landmark and has a long history of movie star and film industry patronage due to its proximity to studio lot across the street, which began as the Pickford-Fairbanks studio, then United Artists lot and was later owned by Warner Brothers. Generations of movie stars such as Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable have eaten meals at The Formosa. Frank Sinatra is reputed to have spent many nights at the Formosa in the 1950s, pining over Ava Gardner.
7156 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Check out their event list for screenings and panels.
7920 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
LACMA is a great place to chill out and get lost in a world of amazing works of art. and see films. LACMA presents classics, new releases, documentaries, one-of-a-kind events, guest-curated programs, and conversations on film and filmmaking.
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
For peace and quiet, outstanding views, gardens and art, the Getty is a must.
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA
"Showcasing singer-songwriters before they break big, this cozy spot boasts a full bar & small bites"
1623 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Check out their screenings and panels.
7000 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Take a swim or a walk on the beach and get some great food in Malibu at the Paradise Cove Beach Cafe.
28128 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
TCL Chinese Theatre is a movie palace on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. Originally named and still commonly known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre, it was renamed Mann's Chinese Theatre in 1973; the name lasted until 2001, after which it reverted to its original name.
A gorgeous place. The building contains the historic United Artists Theatre, the flagship theater built for the United Artists motion picture studio.
929 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1609
It's not a true Hollywood experience without a stop at Canter's Deli.
"Canter's Deli is a Jewish-style deli, opened in 1931 in Boyle Heights, and later moved to the Fairfax District near the border of West Hollywood, where it is now. It has been frequented by many notable movie stars and celebrities.
419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
By Laurie Jacobson
The Sunset Strip has long been known as the playground of the stars. The brightest stars, the biggest moguls and most Oscar-winning artists dined, danced and romanced in clubs along the Strip. The most popular rendezvous, Ciro’s, opened in 1940. Today, it is called the Comedy Store, world-famous laugh club; but late at night, the ghosts of Ciro’s rule the roost.
8433 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069
By Brant Cox
Dan Tana’s, the classic Italian restaurant where every meal feels like the greatest holiday celebration.
Located in a yellow bungalow along Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, Dan Tana’s has been around since the 1960’s and is one of the most iconic restaurants in the city. But unlike other famous LA restaurants, this red-boothed joint is hardly a tourist trap. None of your visiting US Weekly-clutching friends are going to beg you to eat at Dan Tana’s. This is where you excitedly take them to prove how very little moon juice, farro bowls, and pre-paid gym memberships have to do with this city.
9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Pink's Hot Dogs is a landmark hot dog restaurant in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles. Pink's was founded by Paul and Betty Pink in 1939 as a pushcart.The Great Depression was still having an impact on the country, and money was scarce. People could purchase a chili dog made with Betty's own chili recipe accompanied by mustard and onions on a steamed bun for 10 cents each. As business grew, thanks to Betty's chili and the custom-made Hoffy-brand hot dogs with their natural casings, so did Pink's. The family built the current building in 1946.
709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
"Escape the stresses of life and unwind at Geoffrey's Malibu for an unforgettable oceanside dining experience. Steamed Maine Lobster. Warm Crisp Apple Tart. Artisan Cheese Plate. Eggs Benedict. Spicy Fried Oysters. Ahi Tuna Tartar."
27400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Since movies were silent. Another favorite haunt of F. Scott Fitzgerald who hung out at the bar. A favorite place of the great writers and screenwriters since the 1920s.
6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Venice Beach is a must. If it invloved historic crazy, then it happened here.
Excellent food and atmosphere.
220 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291
8852 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Built in 1942, this dimly lit icon offers a vintage vibe with an art deco bar, dance floor & patio.
By James Bartlett
Legend has it that Lucille Ball, perhaps the most famous comedian in television history, used to sidle up to the bar at Boardner's. She was just one of a cascade of celebrities that have passed through the doors at the 75-year-old Hollywood dive, and current owner Tricia La Belle has put signed headshots of Ball and many others on the walls.
1652 N Cherokee Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Ludo Lefebvre’s original Petit Trois continues to charm diners with pitch-perfect renditions of French bistro fare.
718 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
By Stephanie Breijo and Jade Chang Matthew Kenney’s sleek Abbot Kinney restaurant serves all-vegan dishes that are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Locally sourced and ever-changing, the menu is packed with health-conscious takes on classics: Cashew raclette, kelp cacio e pepe and kung pao cauliflower are just a few items to expect, all best paired with that organic and biodynamic wine list, of course.
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Upper West is always one of the more overlooked restaurants on the Westside. Yes, it might reside in that West LA no man’s land, but the atmosphere at this bright spot on Pico is relaxed, fun, and with food that has no business being as good as it is. The crispy ahi tuna tacos, lamb nachitos, and pork tenderloin are all must-orders. And we’ll say this exactly once - they might have the best veggie burger in town.
3321 W Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
By Farley Elliott
"Onda, the lush Santa Monica restaurant situated at the ground floor of the brand new Proper Hotel. Onda is a partnership with Koslow and Gabriela Cámara"
“Onda is foundationally Mexican,” says Koslow, “but the boldness and some of the flavors feel very Sqirl-y. It’s really a marriage.” That certainly feels true with one peek of the menu, which bounces from dishes like hearts of palm ceviche and chips and dip with fermented chile guacamole to an “inside out” version of a turkey quesadilla, done with al pastor flavors and the burnt herb hoja santa."
700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Local staple known for its signature overstuffed sandwiches, Italian deli fare & gourmet groceries.
1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
A great place for lunch or dinner and to talk all things film. On the beach. "Originally built in 1926 as the grandest of the opulent beach club hotels and the premier playground for Hollywood A-listers. Today, Hotel Casa del Mar remains one of the best-appointed addresses on the West Coast, with luxurious décor, sophisticated accommodations, lively public spaces, and an overall indulgent and relaxing ambiance. The hotel is adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier.
1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Caribbean fare, including jerk chicken, in a counter-serve, open-air setting with a funky vibe. A very chill place by the beach. Great food and a lot of fun.
1906 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Iron Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Japanese delicacies, plus California fare, in a modern, beachfront space.
22706 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265
The Grove is a retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, located on parts of the historic Farmers Market.
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Whether you order the creamy artichoke dip or the towering cheeseburger, Hillstone consistently delivers impeccable and craveable plates. And with its warm interiors and exceptional service, this unparalleled restaurant group makes you feel right at home. Hillstone Santa Monica occupies a sleek two-story building by local architects Frederick Fisher and Partners. An exciting and energetic space complemented by a selection of top tier artworks,
202 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Review by Shawna Kenney
The first 100% organic plant-based Italian restaurant and wine bar in the US (8274 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood), serves up flavorful spins on traditional dishes . A surprising number of gluten-free options makes this a nice night out for even the most sensitive of eaters. Don't skimp on dessert, either--the raspberry coulis-topped chocolate fudge cake was made for sharing or take-home fun.
8274 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Review by Shawna Kenney
1047 S. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles 90019; (323)-937-8401) serves quality authentic Ethiopian food, right in the heart of L.A.’s Little Ethiopia district. All combo platters are shareable, the sambusa appetizers are crisped to perfection, and the all-you-can-eat buffet on weekends is dangerous. Large parties should sit in the hut and order the coffee ceremony for the full experience.
Upscale Californian cuisine presented in a stylish, buzzy setting known for celeb sightings.
113 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, 90048
Celebrated hotel bar/restaurant serving Spanish-inspired tapas in an ornate, sprawling setting in Beverly Hills. From smoking cocktails to spherified olive tapas, The Bazaar by José Andrés offers a magical culinary experience of traditional Spanish flavors and cutting edge culinary techniques in a fanciful indoor piazza by Philippe Starck at SLS Beverly Hills.
465 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
El Capitan Theatre is a fully restored movie palace at 6838 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. The theater is now owned by The Walt Disney Company and serves as the venue for a majority of the Walt Disney Studios' film premieres.
"In the early 1920s, real estate developer Charles E. Toberman (the "Father of Hollywood") envisioned a thriving Hollywood theater district. Toberman was involved in 36 projects while building the Max Factor Building (now the Hollywood Museum), Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Hollywood Masonic Temple. With Sid Grauman, he opened the three themed theaters: Egyptian (1922), El Capitan (1926), and Chinese (1927). For a decade, it presented live plays, with over 120 productions including such legends as Clark Gable and Joan Fontaine.
By Alex Kalognomos
The most iconic movie theater in the world also happens to be one of the few places to see 3D films the way God intended—The technology makes for a crystalline picture with crazy depth, and only nine theaters in the U.S. are equipped with it (including the AMC at CityWalk, which is great except that CityWalk is the fourth circle of Hell). If you think you hate 3D movies because they’re blurry, or dim, or give you a migraine, you haven’t seen one in this format. Trust us, it will change your life.
6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
By Thomas Harlander
The seats are creaky, the front row couches a bit dingy (hey, there’s couches), and the show may start late, but the eccentric programming more than makes up for the Cinefamily’s humble Fairfax digs (the space was once a silent film revival house). Its typical offerings are off the beaten path by at least 129 miles, drawing from the full spectrum of cinematic weirdness with forgotten classics, found footage mashups, and B-movies commentated by comedians. The owners will even ship in obscure film reels from overseas if need be, and you never know who from their grab bag of celebrity patrons might turn up.
611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Hollywood Pantages Theatre, formerly known as RKO Pantages Theatre, is located at Hollywood and Vine, in Hollywood. Designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca, it was the last theater built by the vaudeville impresario Alexander Pantages.
6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
For the past decade-and-a-half, ArcLight Hollywood has been providing a comfortable, well-organized, and expensive moviegoing experience. The state-of-the-art chain now has locations around Southern California, but the Hollywood spot is still the place to beat—if only because the experience of seeing a film in the Buckminster Fuller-inspired Cinerama Dome is so difficult to replicate anywhere else.
6360 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028
The Nuart was built in 1929. The Nuart Theatre is an art house movie theater in Los Angeles, California, United States. It is the flagship location of the Landmark Theatres chain in the United States.
11272 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
This historic theatre dates back to the 1920s. "After 10 years of being a benefactor of the theater, Oscar-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino became owner and head programmer. Committed to celluloid, "
7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036