Los Angeles is known for being the home of the entertainment industry. Many movies and shows have been and are continually being filmed in the area. It is the perfect place for theatre enthusiasts to see the history of films as well as catch a movie in the works. These iconic attractions are definitely places that you don’t want to miss when you are in LA:
Egyptian Theatre - 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
Hollywood’s first premiere, “Robin Hood” took place at the Egyptian Theatre in 1922. It set the stage for every movie premiere held after. The theatre has recently been restored and renovated and is now home to American Cinematheque. Catch one of the indie films, classic film festivals, documentaries, and premiere screenings. They also provide monthly tours of the building.
Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Known as the Entertainment Capital of LA there is a ton of stuff to do at Universal Studios that any movie buff will enjoy. Take the studio tour at Universal Studios Hollywood to go behind the scenes to see how some of your favorite movies are made. Then head over to the theme park for rides that will put you inside some of the biggest movies. The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM as well as AMC’s “The Walking Dead” attraction can be found here. You can also go to Universal’s City Walk which is 3 blocks of music, movies, clubs, food, and shopping.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery - 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Many of the famous have been laid to rest here. Hollywood Forever is a nationally registered historic site where you can pay your respects to the founders of Hollywood’s greatest studios, writers, directors, and performers. During the summer and fall you can pack a picnic for outdoor film screenings amongst the tombstones. You can also check out thousands of life stories about the people laid to rest here.
Margaret Herrick Library - 333 S La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
The library is maintained by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Unfortunately you can’t check anything out but you can take a look at everything like scripts of classic movies such as the Titanic and Toy Story. The library contains more than 10 million photographs, 190,000 film and video assets, 80,000 screenplays, and 50,000 posters. Leave your cameras and cellphones at home or lockers will be provided for these things, and don’t forget an I.D. or Passport to enter.
Warner Brothers Studios Tour - 3400 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91522
The tour will take you behind-the-scenes of some of your favorite shows and movies, past and present. Sets like Casablanca, Batman, Friends, and more have been filmed here. The studio is a 100-acre backlot that also houses iconic memorabilia of movies like Harry Potter and the DC comic movies. The prop department contains 450,000 registered artifacts making it the largest in the world. You’ll also get to see actual filming of shows and movies happening all around you.
Chinese Theatre/Hollywood Walk of Fame - Hollywood & Highland, 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
The Hollywood walk of fame is the iconic pathway of hollywood stars, directors, and producers. Find your favorite actor or character along the pathway. Also a key element to checkout is TCL Chinese Theatre or more historically known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Right outside the theatre is the Forecourt of the Stars, which features cement hand and footprints of major movie stars in the past and present. Take a tour of the theatre or watch a movie in the world’s largest IMAX auditorium.
Restaurants Where Movies Were Filmed
There are many restaurants in the area from Santa Monica to Hollywood that have been featured in classic movies. From Ferris Bueller's Day Off to National Treasure you can eat at many of the restaurants that are featured in the films. Go to the Urth Caffe in West Hollywood and dine where the Entourage cast often had breakfast and lunch on set. Just as it is often portrayed on set the cafe is a favorite of celebrities in real life, you can often find Entourage creator and executive producer dining there. Want to relive Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger’s first date from “Jerry Maguire”? Check out Paco’s Taco Cantina, 5 miles north of LAX. Enjoy handmade chips and salsa and in front of the restaurant’s hand painted fish tank that was featured in the movie.
Of course, there are a lot more things that you can do in Los Angeles like visit classic movie locations and all of the other studios that are located there. The best way to stay in LA would definitely be an Airbnb. There a host can guide you on how to get to some of these iconic places as well as show you the hidden gems that most people don’t think of.