All Mama’s seventy rooms boast extra-comfy king sized beds, so you wake up fully refreshed. You rinse off in the rainshower and check out the news on your Apple TV. You browse the pages of the True Romance screenplay in your room—“you’re so cool”—and glance out the window at the Hollywood Sign and the Griffith Observatory in the distance. Yep, you’re definitely in Tinseltown.
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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.
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.