Hollywood district, northwest of the downtown Los Angeles, is considered to be the Capital of Movie Industry throughout the world. Speaking of Hollywood, the first thing that pops up in mind is the Hollywood sign; a sign which is a tourist attraction per se; and who does not want to have a photo with Hollywood sign in the background? For those interested in visiting the Hollywood Hill, shuttles and guided tours will be available to give a view of the sign from an overlook of the city on Mulholland Drive, the official north border of the Hollywood District.
But where would be the hub of the Capital Hollywood? Without doubt, the answer is going to be Hollywood Boulevard where you can have a Walk of Fame along fifteen blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood. Highly recognized Hollywood actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others have been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame by more than 2400 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks. Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame maybe the only place on the planet where the cameras are rather focused on the ground! These permanent public monuments are popular tourist attractions, with a reported 10 million visitors in 2003.
The heart of Hollywood lies in the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave where the most of the most famous Hollywood tourist attractions such as hand/footprints in the cement courtyard of the Chinese Theatre, the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex, Madame Tussaud's and more are gathered in a short walking distance.
The most prominent event of Hollywood is The Academy Awards (also called the Oscars), held in late February/early March annually, at the Kodak Theater at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. The Oscars in not the only big festival of the district. CINECON Classic Film Festival & Exposition and Hollywood Christmas Parade are the other two important annual events of Hollywood District. The Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery and Fourth Floor Gallery, located at the Academy Headquarters in Beverly Hills Hollywood, are hosts to free open-to-public cinematic exhibitions. Across from Hollywood Bowl lies Hollywood Heritage Museum dedicated to the preservation of the valuable heritage of the early filmmaking era in Hollywood in the form of archival photographs from the silent movie days, movie props, historic documents and so many other features that will amuse you for days.
There are also celebrity and movie star home tours available round the year in Hollywood district. Hollywood movie stars homes tours take you through the rich-and-famous spots, such as Rodeo Drive, Bel Air, Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip you to the current neighborhood of top stars like Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise and Dr. Phil, as well as former homes of super stars like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Also you will have the chance to visit the Hollywood Bowl, Bel Air and the Sunset Strip from above. The Hollywood Bowl is the premier location for thrilling summer evenings of extraordinary music, dance, and film, fine dining under the stars, and, of course, spectacular fireworks.
Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium features galleries with hundreds of interesting and unusual exhibits collected from around the world by Robert Ripley. At this tourist attraction of Hollywood District, one finds not only the modern-day oddities but also those of seventy to eighty years ago. In the Odditorium lobby, the telephone book carvings of Clint Eastwood, Frank Sinatra and other celebrities are being exhibited for free.
What if you want to simply buy some grocery in Hollywood? Well the Hollywood District is also the living place of ordinary people. There are schools and markets as in any other town. For instance, Ivar Avenue and Selma Avenue between Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd are home to Hollywood Farmers Market where fresh fruit, baked goods and prepared foods are being sold.
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