Everyone is familiar with the Hollywood Sign but few know the background story on this famous landmark.Located on the highest peak in Hollywood, Mount Lee, this sign measures 450 feet long and 45 feet tall. It was built in 1923 and originally read Hollywoodland; however, the last 4 letters were removed when the city became known for films and movie stars. Interestingly, the original sign held thousands of light bulbs which were changed daily by a caretaker who lived in a small home located behind one of the L's. Now, the Hollywood sign has been named as "Los Angeles Cultural-Historical Monument #111." As a result, the Hollywood sign has been fenced and equipped with a high-tech security alarm to keep the curious at bay. Although you can't see the sign up close, it is easy to see from any location in Hollywood.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre was built in 1927 and remains to be the most sought after location for movie premiere's. Guests often line the red carpet to catch a glimpse of stars before they enter the building that is rich in decor imported from China. Tourists also flock to Grauman's because the forecourt houses footprints, handprints, and signature's of Hollywood's biggest stars. Fans love to compare their hand and foot sizes to that of their favorite starts. Grauman's Chinese Theatre is located at the northeast corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Orange Drive. Although viewing the forecourt of this theatre is free, you may have to pay for parking in a neighboring lot.

Paramount Studios is the only sprawling and historic movie studio lot left in Hollywood. All of the others have relocated to surrounding cities in recent years. Some of the most memorable movies ever were filmed at Paramount Studios, dating as far back as 1917. A few of the most recent movies to come out of Paramount are Shrek III, Mission Impossible III, and Forrest Gump. Paramount also produces hit shows such as Girlfriends and Dr. Phil. Paramount Studios offers guided walking tours to the public that allow you to view the outside and inside lots. Paramount's exact location is 5555 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is home for many "stars" in motion pictures, TV,live performance/theatre, radio, and recording. Stretching over 18 blocks on both sides of Hollywood Blvd., this street is the most famous in the world. Earning a star on the Walk of Fame is truly one of the highest honors for Hollywood recipients. Over recent years, it has become commonplace for tourists to place flowers on a person's star for various reasons: death, honoring the anniversary of a star's death, or when a star finds himself in trouble. Although you'll rarely see a star in real life on this stretch of pavement, you will always have the opportunity to capture one of their highest achievements.

Built and opened for business in 2001, the Kodak Theatre is primarily known for hosting the Academy Awards show. Its walls are adorned with Best Picture winners since 1927 and tourists can see where their favorite stars sat during a guided tour. They also allow you to see an Oscar award, images from past Academy Award ceremonies, the George Eastman VIP room, and other exclusive hot spots. The Kodak Theatre provides daily guided tours and you can purchase tickets up to 7 days in advance. The Kodak is located in the Hollywood and Highland retail, dining, and entertainment complex on Hollywood Blvd.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood is a wax museum that offers an experience unlike any other: interactive sets that make you feel like a co-star to your favorite actor/actress, special zones, and themed areas that represent different eras in Hollywood history. Madame Tussauds is the place where you can get up close and personal with the glamour and glitz of life-like stars. With over 100 wax figures, you are certain to find a hollywood star that you want a photo taken with. Madame Tussauds Hollywood is located adjacent to Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd.



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