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Yamashiro front facade at night

Yamashiro: The Story of An L.A. Icon

02/12/2017

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From its origins as a private estate to its modern incarnation as an Asian fusion restaurant, event venue and filming location, the fascinating history of Yamashiro is something out of a Hollywood script.

Ford Theatres Summer Season

Ford Theatres: The Story of an L.A. Icon

09/23/2016

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The landmark amphitheatre reopened in July 2016 after a $66-million renovation designed by Levin & Associates Architects with Mia Lehrer + Associates landscape architects. The project was initiated in 2012 and required a 21-month closure of the amphitheatre - programming during construction took place at off-site venues.

Cinespia at Hollywood Forever

Hollywood Forever: The Story of an L.A. Icon

09/06/2016

Elina Shatkin

Hollywood Forever's charms are somewhat hidden. Drive by and you might barely notice it, unless you're trying to make your way past the line of cars snaking out onto Santa Monica Boulevard some Saturday night. (More on that later.) Tucked off of a busy stretch a few blocks east of Vine Street, it's easily accessible by bus. Visitors can tour the grounds for free from Monday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hollywood Walk of Fame viewed from above

The Guide to the Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony

12/02/2015

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The world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame features more than 2,500 terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalk along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street. The five-pointed stars honor the accomplishments of actors, musicians, directors, producers and others in the entertainment industry.

July 4th Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl: The Story of an L.A. Icon

05/01/2015

Elina Shatkin

After playing home to concerts, theatrical productions and an Easter Sunrise service, the Hollywood Bowl kicked off its first official season in the summer of 1922. It was a barebones experience for spectators, who sat on temporary wooden benches to watch Alfred Hertz conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The scenery and the sounds, however, were hard to beat. Located in a bowl-shaped area of the Hollywood Hills that was once called Daisy Dell, the spot where the venue now stands was chosen, in part, for its natural acoustics. Those are amplified by electronics as well as the bandshell with its distinctive white arches. It's actually the Hollywood Bowl's fourth bandshell - the first two were designed by Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Things to Do on Hollywood Boulevard - Hollywood Boulevard Attractions

Famous Attractions on Hollywood Boulevard

03/05/2015

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Hollywood Boulevard is a Los Angeles cultural icon, with museums, landmarks and other attractions that celebrate L.A.’s rich film and entertainment heritage. You can see the footprints of the stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre, see the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, do some serious shopping at Hollywood & Highland, or visit the famous Hollywood Wax Museum. Along its stretch from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive, you can find a day’s worth of activities that will give you a true Hollywood experience. You never know who you'll run into! Arnold Schwarzenegger recently shocked fans by making an appearance at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. Watch what happened below.

L.A. Story Spotlight: Donelle Dadigan

05/09/2014

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Visitors should set aside at least an hour to explore the museum, which includes Max Factor’s world-famous make-up rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball became everyone’s favorite redhead. Displays include everything from Max Factor’s unique “Beauty Calibration Machine” to Monroe’s million-dollar dress and Hannibal Lecter’s cell from The Silence of the Lambs.

“My mother was an educator, my father was an educator, and I was an educator,” says Dadigan. “So my mother and I, we realized - harkening back to our times of being school teachers - that the best way for us to get our children and our students to be interested in the subject that we were teaching was that we had to entertain them. If we entertain them, they couldn’t help but open their minds to what they were being taught.”

She continues, “So we felt if we take that component and put it in a museum, showcasing what we think is the number one export of Los Angeles - Hollywood - we couldn’t help but have an opportunity for visitors from all the around the world to come and see this.”

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