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Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tours

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Founded in 1899, Hollywood Forever Cemetery is Hollywood's oldest cemetery, and serves as a burial ground for some of the city’s most famous citizens, including Rudolph Valentino, Judy Garland, and Mickey Rooney. Today, it's also a gathering place for community events such as its Dia de los Muertos (the Mexican Day of the Dead) celebration and summer outdoor movie screenings. 

The Basics
For an in-depth experience, tour Hollywood Forever Cemetery with a film-historian guide, or join a city walking, cycling, or coach tour that passes through the cemetery and takes in other LA sights such as Paramount Studio and Hollywood Boulevard. On many summer Saturday nights, the Cinespia movie series screens classic films such as Sunset Boulevard on the Fairbanks Lawn for large crowds, and throughout the year, various musical acts perform at the on-site Masonic Lodge. 

The cemetery’s original owners, San Fernando Valley developers Isaac Lankershim and son-in-law Isaac Van Nuys (a major boulevard in north Hollywood and a town in the northwest valley bear their names), sold much of it in 1920 to Paramount Pictures, RKO Studios, and the Beth Olam Synagogue. As a result, many Hollywood figures such as Cecil B. DeMille and Peter Lorre, as well as prominent residents of Jewish descent including gangster Bugsy Siegel, are buried here.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a must-visit for those interested in Tinseltown history.
  • The cemetery is free to enter unless there is a special event.
  • You can bring blankets, pillows, low-profile chairs, and alcohol to summer movie screenings. 
  • The Fairbanks Lawn has a designated wheelchair area with easy access to restrooms.
  • Hollywood Forever is a fully functioning cemetery, so tour routes are subject to change if a funeral is taking place. 

How to Get There
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located right off US 101 (the Hollywood Freeway) on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, near Paramount Pictures studios. On-site parking is available. The surrounding neighborhood is a preferential parking district, which prohibits parking by nonresidents. Ride-hailing services are a good option.

When to Get There
Hollywood Forever Cemetery is open daily from morning until late afternoon. Tickets are required for the popular Cinespia series, which takes place on summer Saturday nights at 8pm; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The cemetery’s annual daylong Dia de los Muertos festival occurs around the end of October.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood
Located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this iteration of the world-famous Madame Tussauds attraction features lifelike wax figures of movie stars and television actors, movie characters such as E.T. and the X Men, pop stars, athletes, and more. Madame Tussauds also includes a team-based virtual reality experience.
Address: 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
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Private Luxury Beverly Hills and Hollywood Tours During LAX Layovers

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Layovers can be frustrating, especially when they’re long and the city’s right out there waiting for you to explore. Instead of spending the day milling around LAX, then, head out into the city and enjoy a few hours experiencing the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles’ Hollywood and Beverly Hills neighborhoods. Visit LA’s famous landmarks, including the Hollywood sign, in your private SUV. Unlike the city’s prolific sightseeing buses, though, this tour isn’t all drive-bys – there’s plenty of opportunities for photo stops.
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3-Hour Private Hollywood City Tour with an Emphasis on Studio History

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Whether you’re a film buff interested or you just want to explore Hollywood and some of its history, this private tour is a personalized and comfortable way to discover the stories of Tinseltown and the movers and shakers who made it what it is today. Learn about the birth of Hollywood as you drive by historic studios like Paramount, Desilu and Columbia Pictures, and learn about the industry today as you head into Burbank, home of Disney and Warner Bros.
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Scandals Tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills

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Experience the seedy side of Hollywood and Beverly Hills on this guided excursion. After a convenient pickup from select hotels, head out with a knowledgeable guide and discover Tinseltown’s greatest scandals. Visit sites like Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Greystone Mansion and Park, the Sunset Strip, and Will Rogers Memorial Park. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, bottled water, and a multimedia presentation.
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Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills Private Sightseeing Tour

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Los Angeles is a sprawling city that's best to explore by car, but if you drive yourself, you're bound to hit that infamous LA traffic. Avoid the hassle with this private SUV tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills—two neighborhoods packed with LA's best attractions. After meeting your driver, you're whisked through world-famous streets—like Melrose Avenue and Rodeo Drive—and into the Hollywood Hills. Snap a selfie with this iconic Hollywood Sign, and check out the stars on the Walk of Fame.
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Private Hollywood and Beverly Hills Tour Departing from Downtown Los Angeles

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Private Hollywood and Beverly Hills Tour Departing from Santa Monica

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Explore Hollywood, Los Angeles, and beyond on this half-day guided excursion. After a convenient pickup from select hotels, head out with a knowledgeable guide and experience classic sites like Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Plaza, and Melrose Avenue.
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Private Half Day Hollywood Pop Culture History Walking Tour

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Explore Hollywood’s top pop culture sights on a 3-hour private walking tour. Walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit famous spots like the Chinese Theater and the Capitol Records Building, and learn about the movie industry and its history from your informative guide. See the Hollywood of your dreams on this private and customizable tour.
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