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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

  • Attractions
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Time Out says

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).

Details

Address:
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles
90038
Opening hours:
Daily 8:30am–5pm; summer hours until 5:30pm
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What’s on

Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

It isn’t summer in L.A. until the first cemetery screening brings hoards of movie-lovers to Hollywood Forever, toting folding chairs, picnic blankets, snack spreads and lots of booze. Each year, Cinespia brings classic cult favorites to the hallowed resting place of Old Hollywood greats—and a couple of off-site screenings, too. For its first batch of summer screenings this year, Cinespia will be showing Mean Girls (May 28), Back to the Future (May 29) and American Psycho (June 4), The Wizard of Oz (June 12), Aliens (June 18) and But I’m a Cheerleader (June 25) at Hollywood Forever, plus Jurassic Park (May 13), Twilight (June 3) and Selena (June 24) at L.A. State Historic Park. Then, come the Fourth of July, the series will present three fireworks-accompanied screenings over the long weekend: The Fast and the Furious (July 2), Purple Rain (July 3) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (July 4). The rest of the month includes Almost Famous (July 9), Showgirls (July 16), Jackie Brown (July 23) and The Birds (July 30) at Hollywood Forever, plus Pretty in Pink (July 22) at LASHP.  For each evening, pack a picnic, pose in the photo booth and enjoy DJ sets, dance parties and all sorts of other magical mischief that’d otherwise be strictly forbidden behind the cemetery gates. It’s an L.A. rite of passage, a quintessential summer experience and one of the best film venues in the city. Just be sure to get your ticket early, arrive early, pee early… it’s a popular affair, to say the least.

My Morning Jacket

  • Rock and indie

Epic, kinda weird Americana rock act My Morning Jacket returns to L.A. for an outdoor show at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Touring in support of a self-titled album that marks the group’s first collection of brand new material since 2015, frontman Jim James turns his attention to My Morning Jacket after a string of solo albums that never quite captured the grandeur of his marquee project. Filled with sprawling arrangements, roaring organs and copious guitar solos, the band’s ninth studio album is likely to stretch out even more when performed live.

Father John Misty

  • Rock and indie

The crackling aura surrounding Father John Misty extends beyond his past life as a Fleet Foxes member under his given name, J. Tillman. As a solo artist, his 2012 Sub Pop debut, Fear Fun, featured soaring, soulful folk-rock spiked with energy and cleverness, notably uniquely L.A. single “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings.” Since then, he’s released a bunch of lauded albums, stolen a crystal from Moon Juice and produced some choice pull quotes.

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