Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery: F. W. Blanchard gravestone. Photo copyright 2014 by Lisa Twombly
Photo copyright 2014 by Lisa Twombly

6000 Santa Monica Boulevard
Back-to-back with Paramount Studios
Hollywood, CA 90038

Phone: (323) 469-1181.

E-Mail: webmaster@forevernetwork.com

Official website is: www.hollywoodforever.com

This graveyard is the final resting place for many luminaries for the Golden Age of Hollywood, making it one of the more interesting Los Angeles landmarks for those with a Gothic frame of mind.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery also features an impressive array of architectural styles, everything from Victorian to Egyptian Revival to Art Deco.

There are several Hollywood Forever Cemetery events that take place year-round, some of them at during the Halloween season.

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SCREENINGS:

Cinespia's outdoor screening of An American Werewolf in London
Cinespia’s outdoor screening of An American Werewolf in London

Cinespia presents a series of summer screenings every year, projected outdoors. In keeping with the cemetery setting, many of the films are horror classics from yesteryear (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.

Screening Prices: $10 donation tickets available at gate. $5 parking.

The Cinespia website is here.

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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL

Dia De Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever 2009
Dia De Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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.

Tickets are in the $20-range, with children and seniors getting in free until 4pm.

The event’s official website is here.

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CEMETERY TOURS:

There are several tours on the grounds of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery throughout the year.

CEMETERY OF THE STARS TOUR:

The Woman in Black (Karie Bible). Photo copyright 2014 by Lisa Twombly
Karie Bible conducts weekly tours and appears as the Woman in Black at Valentino’s tomb. Photo copyright 2014 by Lisa Twombly

Film historian Karen 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.

Price is $12; parking is free.

Click here for the Cemetery Tour website.

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY WALKING 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 as The Woman in Black (said to haunt Rudolph Valentino’s grave) and as actress Barbara La Marr.

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. Price is usually $20.

Click here for the Art Deco Society’s website.

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PHOTOGRAPHS

Check out the thumbnails below, or click here to scroll through a photographic tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Original photographs copyright 2014 Lisa Twombly.

The final resting place of Cecil B. DeMille, director of numerous blockbuster movies. Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Griffith J. Griffith obelisk Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glenn Colvin) Hollywood Forever Cemetery Johnny Ramone Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Art Deco Society Tour Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Grass Mausoleum Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Letts Mausoleum Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Cathedral Mausoleum Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Stained Glass in the Cathedral Mausoleum

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