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This lavish pantheon of fame and glamor captured in wax is one of Hollywood’s crown jewels. Hailing from London, Madame Tussauds brings to Hollywood its world-class interactive viewing entertainment, great for all ages. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, just next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the museum is hard to miss due to its prepossessing open-air facade with a few wax figures casually spilling out on the sidewalk. Come in and stroll the vast grounds populated with the rich and famous (as well as the infamous) and the beautiful and formidable. Photography and handling are a must. Whether it is shaking hands with President Obama or wrapping your arm around Mae West that is more your thing, you will be exhilarated by the lifelike, vivid portrayals and infinite photo ops.
Beginning at the Santa Monica's Visitors Center, this tour company shows you the sights and sounds of Los Angeles. A Day in LA Tours is a full day tour with two different options for patrons to choose from as well as a half day Segway tour. The first tour will take you through Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Hollywood. The second tour option will wind you through the streets of downtown Los Angeles and Universal City Walk. Tours are conducted by entertaining and experienced tour guides who have years of experience in the business. Hop aboard the Rasta Bus and jet off on your own Segway as you take in the neon lights of the Sunset Strip, touch the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Shop at The Grove and take in the Greystone Mansion.
Originally built in 1926, this theater was completely renovated in 1991 by Pacific Theatres and The Walt Disney Company. It's now a premier movie palace that Disney uses to showcase its animated and children's features. Special features begin with a live stage show with a singing and dancing chorus of familiar Disney characters. Often short cartoons will precede the main show. Be sure to call or check the website for the movie and show times.
Making its debut one year after the turn of the 21st Century, this venue is an impressive representation of the culture and especially the technology for the new era. The Dolby Theatre has hosted The Academy Awards ceremonies, concerts given by Celine Dion, Prince, Barry Manilow and Elvis Costello, as well as a staging of GREASE with Frankie Avalon, the Dixie Chicks, and the American Idol finals. This major center, with a year-round calendar of entertainment and cultural activities, is a magnet for tourists and locals.
For offbeat tours of Los Angeles, get in touch with TOURific Escapes that combines some of the best colors of the city to give you a memorable tour. For star-struck, self-proclaimed lovers of the Hollywood circuit and celebrity set, the Hollywood Sites & Bites tour is a true gem. Stroll alongside expert guides who take you everywhere from Melrose Place to the Sunset Strip, as well as the most popular eateries frequented by the fraternity's who's who. The Celebrity Insider Movie Locations Tour is an even better option, taking you to some 40 filming locations in the area. For those who prefer chocolate over glitz, the Chocolate Indulgence Food Tour is a walk through paradise, taking you through remarkable chocolatiers in several neighborhoods, followed by five different tasting sessions.
The Walk of Fame is very much a tribute to Johnny Grant, a former mayor of Hollywood and relentless promoter of Tinsel Town. There is no mistaking what town you are in when you gaze down at the sidewalk and see these world famous gold stars. Encompassing a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard near the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, more than 2500 bronze-inlaid stars commemorate some of the most famous individuals in movies, radio, TV, recording and theater. Celebrities are added frequently, so give the Chamber of Commerce a call to see if you can catch one of the actual ceremonies and witness a star becoming immortal.
Stella Adler Theater is part of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Famous actress Stella Adler was considered to be one of the best acting teachers in the country and was well-recognized for her talent in acting. The theater is non-profit and, in addition to its regular performance schedule, features several community outreach programs. Show timings vary, so call for specific schedule and details. The listed credit cards that are accepted are subject to change depending on the company putting on the show.
The Hollywood United Methodist Church in Hollywood is an epic architectural masterpiece. The Church has Gothic influences evident in its architecture and the high arched ceilings, pointed arches and the sanctuary itself is massive. The stained glass with beautiful designs is an impressive sight. One can also get involved in the various activities and workshops. Attend inspiring sermons, lectures, debates, discussions, music sessions and services. Check website for more details.