What to see in Hollywood: Travel guide to LA’s famous neighborhood

The list of what to see in Hollywood can be overwhelming, so stick to these iconic LA movie theaters, hotels, restaurants and attractions.

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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. 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.

  1. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd
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ArcLight Hollywood

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A Hollywood favorite since 2002, the ArcLight offers comfortable seats, state-of-the-art sight and sound, fantastic snack bars and, for some Dionysian indulgence, an in-house café-bar. The programming is an astute mix of first-run flicks, indies, foreign fare and premieres; unusually, alcohol is allowed in some screenings. It's the most appealing modern multiplex in LA, but it falls under the 'Classic' section for the Cinerama Dome, a fabulous and unique domed movie theatre that opened in 1963. Note that parking is usually a nightmare: allow plenty of time to find a space, and don't expect to escape quickly.

  1. 6360 W Sunset Blvd
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The Redbury

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Home-away-from-home may be a cliche, but for this collaboration between SBE Group and esteemed photographer Matthew Rolston, it's appropriate. The bachelor pad-cum-boutique hotel features 57 generously sized rooms with paisley prints, old-fashioned English sofas and vintage record players (vinyl supplied). To actually stay at The Redbury might break the bank, but if you're following the Walk of Fame up Vine St near the Capitol Records Tower, by all means step inside the lobby and just breathe in the modern day Hollywood extravagance.

  1. 1717 Vine St
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Musso & Frank Grill

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Open since 1919, the Musso & Frank Grill is Hollywood's oldest restaurant, a steak-and-cocktails joint formerly favored by Charlie Chaplin and Raymond Chandler. With its many obscure dishes and individually priced sides (and salad dressings!), the menu can be daunting. However, some dishes are fail-safes. At breakfast, grab an order of crêpe-thin flannel cakes; later in the day, the grilled meats are excellent. And every table gets a half loaf of homemade sourdough bread, the perfect accompaniment to a dry martini.

  1. 6667 Hollywood Blvd
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Universal Studios & CityWalk

  • Price band: 3/4

More than any of its Southern California competitors, Universal Studios is a theme park with a capital 'T'. The theme here, of course, is the movies. The rides aren't as exciting as you might expect: certainly, they lack both Disneyland's charm and the sheer terror inspired by Six Flags Magic Mountain. But the main draw here is the studio tour. You won't see much actual moviemaking, but stunt sets and recent additions like the reimagined King Kong section add some excitement. If you're only interested in a backlot tour, then consider saving a few dollars and head over the hill to the Warner Bros backlot ($52).

  1. 100 Universal City Plaza
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