Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood, CA 90038 United States (323) 469-1181 http://www.hollywoodforever.com/
Located back-to-back with Paramount Studios, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery feature an impressive array of architectural styles, from Victorian to Egyptian Revival to Art Deco, making it one of the more interesting Los Angeles landmarks for those with a Gothic frame of mind. It is the final resting place for many luminaries for the Golden Age of Hollywood, including Fay Wray, star of the original black-and-white King Kong (1933), along with celebrities of more recent vintage such as punk rocker Johnny Ramone. It also hosts several events of interest to fans of gothic-themed entertainment.
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Events take place on the grounds of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery throughout the year, some of them specifically during the Halloween season, including the following tours, festivals, and screenings:
Art Deco Society of Los Angeles Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour: The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles conducts this annual tour on one day every October. The emphasis is on the architecture and style of tombstones, mausoleums, and memorials from the 1920s through 1940s, along with some history of the famous celebrities interred on the grounds and a couple vignettes with guides in costume, including Karie Bible as The Woman in Black (said to haunt Rudolph Valentino's grave). Comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and bottled water are recommended for the two-and-a-half-hour tour, which departs at 20-minute intervals from 10:00am to noon. Click here for the Art Deco Society's website. , Click here to scroll through a photographic tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Dia De Los Muertos Festival: Hollywood Forever Cemetery presents an annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival on the weekend closest to November 1. The all-day event features music, food, costumes, and over a hundred altars decorated for the occasion by members of the community. The event's official website is here.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery of the Stars Tour: Film historian Karie Bible presents this tour almost every weekend, rain or shine. Cemetery of the Stars offers a historic overview of Hollywood Forever Cemetery and its most famous residents. Less frequently, Bible also offers The Jewish Heritage Tour and The Hidden Hollywood Tour. The two-hour tours begin at the flower shop, rain or shine, at noon. Click here for the Cemetery Tour website.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Screenings: Cinespia presents a series of summer screenings every year, projected outdoors. In keeping with the cemetery setting, many of the films are horror classics, especially during the Halloween season (Jaws, The Shining, etc.) Since this is an outdoor venue, it is recommended that you bring a blanket, pillows, and a picnic. The fine Los Angeles weather means you will seldom if ever get rained out, but popular films can attract a sell-out crowd, so arrive early. Alcohol is permitted. Lawn chairs are permitted, but not tall chairs - you don’t want to block the view of those sitting behind you. The Cinespia website is here.
Paramount After Dark Tours: Every Halloween season, Paramount Studios in Hollywood offers a two-hour nighttime version of its usual tour, with an emphasis on rumors of haunted stages. There is also a detour through Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which is literally back-to-back with Paramount. Though it spends less time among the graves than the Art Deco tour, Paramount After Dark hits some of the same notes; there is more emphasis on apparitions than aesthetics.
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