Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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The owners of Hollywood Forever have been criticized for promoting the place as a tourist attraction, but any cemetery that houses the remains of such celluloid luminaries as Cecil B. DeMille and Jayne Mansfield would probably become one regardless. It's also the resting place of Rudolph Valentino; legend has it that a mysterious "Woman in Black" still stalks the cemetery, mourning the demise of Hollywood's original loverboy. Mel Blanc's headstone says "That's All, Folks!"; Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Jr. are in a huge tomb in front of a lake guarded by a fountain and three black swans. William Andrews Clark Jr., founder of the LA Philharmonic, has an even bigger mausoleum in the middle of a lake.

Aside from popular posthumous celebs, Hollywood Forever is also home to summer outdoor movie screenings; Cinespia-hosted sleepovers with projected films, live music and games; as well as a number of unique concert events (past performers include Bon Iver, the XX, and Sigur Ros).

Venue name: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
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Address: 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Summer 8am-7pm daily; Winter 8am-6pm daily
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Erin Kuschner
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The only time I've come to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is for Cinespia, the outdoor movie screenings that take place over the summer and through the fall. The grounds here are beautiful, though: tall palm trees, well-kept gardens, grand mausoleums and beautifully crafted statues. Just be sure to respect the property—and history—you're walking through!