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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90038 United States
(323) 469-1181 http://www.hollywoodforever.com/
Photo copyright 2014 by Lisa Twombly

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 screening Hollywood Forever Cemetery 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.

August 2018

8th Annual Movies All Night: The Craft, Practical Magic & The Witches of Eastwick

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 2:30 am
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90038 United States
$12 – $29

Triple bill of witch-themed films. Separate tickets available for watching PRACTICAL MAGIC and WITCHES OF EASTWICK as a midnight double feature.  $16 for midnight entry - standard entry at 7:15pm - midnight entry at 11:30pm A limited amount of tickets are now available for the Midnight Movie double feature of PRACTICAL MAGIC and THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK as part of our annual all-night movie event. Our themed free Photo Booth will be open, DJs Ana Calderon + Daisy O’Dell will spin a…

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Johnny Ramone Tribute featuring BARBARELLA

August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90038 United States
$16 – $20

Roger Vadim's inexplicably admired and frankly sophomoric adult sci-fi romp screens as part of Cinespia's summer season of movies in a cemetery. The screening is presented as part of the annual Johnny Ramone Tribute. Proceeds benefit the Johnny and Linda Ramone Foundation and Dr. David Agus for cancer research. Doors at 6:45PM. Film begins at 8:30PM. The turbo-charged, orgasmatronic cult wonder celebrates its 50th anniversary! Outer Space has never been more sultry than in the sci-fi send up that shocked a…

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September 2018

Cinespia: Scream

September 8 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90038 United States
$12 – $20

The tongue-in-check, self-reflexive slasher movie screens courtesy of Cinespia in (where else?) the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Doors at 6:15PM. Film begins at 8PM. Hold the phone for a slashingly wild nail-biter where everyone’s a suspect. The tongue-in-shriek horror film that started a 90s phenomenon (and one of the most iconic Halloween costumes ever) creeps its way to Cinespia! A quiet teen beauty is terrorized by a horror fan turned serial killer who unleashes mayhem amongst the suburbs one trivia question…

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October 2018

Art Deco Society Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90038 United States
$20

The Art Deco Society of Los Angeles returns with its annual tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, on October 13. More Historical than horrific, the two-and-a-half-hour tours evokes the Art Deco era of the 20th Century rather than ghosts of the dead. Yet the costumed guides delve into dark Hollywood scandals as well, and the later living-history section raises one or two Hollywood spirits. Tours begin every twenty minutes from 10:00am through noon; last tour ends at 2:30pm. Parking is available inside…

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Cinespia: Young Frankenstein

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90038 United States
$12 – $20
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As part of its three-part Halloween series, Cinespia screen Mel Brooks' 1974 comedy spoof of classic black-and-white horror films. Directed by Mel Brooks (1974, 106 minutes) Hollywood Forever Cemetery / gates at 5:15 / event at 7

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