Beyond the terrazzo stars and occasional celebrity sighting, there’s plenty of nature, history, and wonder to explore.Less
Bronson Canyon is located in Griffith Park, the large, rugged wilderness within Los Angeles city limits that has been a popular film location over the years. Within it is Bronson Cave, a go-to sci-fi and Western location—and the Batcave in the 1960s Batman show.
Since he moved into this house in 2012, artist and collector Robby Gordon has turned every inch of it—inside and out—into a canvas. Winding around the pathways, which people are allowed to explore, are elaborate stone designs, psychedelic mannequins, turtles made from mangled woks, and a riot of neon.
The front half of this charmingly ad-hoc cafe is full of screenwriters tapping away at laptops, but in the back? A forest glen, dark and quiet, with groves of thick trunks and branches, and droves of lights that flicker like fireflies.
This apartment complex has been a Hollywood icon since it opened in 1929. Synonymous with the “Golden Age” of Hollywood, it housed numerous industry luminaries, including Humphrey Bogart, and is often cited as the inspiration for the Tower of Terror attractions at Disney parks.
Inside this filmmakers' clubhouse is a huge collection of historic cameras, from the late-1800s to the present, and from the Edison Kinetoscope to the the Mitchell BNC 2 that Gregg Toland used to shoot Citizen Kane.
This five-story tower, a short walk from the Hollywood Bowl, went up around a century ago to spare the residents of this notoriously hilly enclave from huffing and puffing their way home. It’s modeled after Italian campaniles and offers an easy path up, with a killer view of downtown.
First this little urban barn held horses, then film crews, a developing lab, and a gym for actors. Now, it’s a museum tracing the history of the silver screen, full of archival photos, menus, props, and even a recreation of Cecil B. DeMille’s office, complete with a typewriter and booze.
It claims to be Hollywood’s oldest restaurant, and it has some strong evidence in its corner. The martinis are served with two plump olives and a sidecar chilling on crushed ice, and the food feels straight out the 1960s.
When movie impresario Sid Grauman prepared to open the Egyptian Theatre in 1922, the theme was no accident: King Tut's tomb was unearthed the same year. The courtyard features palm trees, pharaoh busts, and enormous hieroglyph-inspired murals—which are holding up well today following a 2016 restoration.
The centerpiece of a shopping center is a recreation of a notorious, long-lost movie set from D. W. Griffith’s 1916 silent epic, Intolerance, which was made partly in response to the criticisms of his racist epic from the year before, The Birth of a Nation.