Today we get to celebrate the 84th Oscar Academy Awards, and what better way for “Surviving LA on a Budget” to celebrate the event than to contribute a post on where the Oscars are held, Hollywood!! Whenever people visit Los Angeles, seeing Hollywood is usually on the top of their to-do list. After all, Hollywood has a significant cultural impact on LA and the rest of the nation! At the same time, as with many tourist sites, people tend to spend more money than is necessary. We will provide you with some tips and suggestions on how to make your stay in Hollywood worthwhile and inexpensive!!!
Most significant landmarks in Hollywood reside near the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave. There are plenty of public transportation, including buses #156, 212, 217, 222, and 312. The LA Metro subway station also conveniently runs underneath. If you plan to drive, there are plenty of metered parking located on Hollywood Blvd and all adjacent streets. If you drive half a mile north of Hollywood Blvd, you may be able to find free parking in the residential areas. I prefer to park in the lot under the Hollywood & Highland Center due to its close proximity. It’s also only $2 for two hours with validation from its shops.
The Hollywood & Highland Center is also home to the Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars are presently held. You can find many individuals taking photos on the iconic stairway leading up to the theatre, where the red carpet is rolled out for the annual event. Outside the Kodak Theatre lies a magnificent courtyard with enormous pillars and elephants sculptures inspired by the Babylon scene in D.W. Griffith’s “Intolerance.” If you look at the courtyard from across the street, you can see the famous Hollywood sign in the distance.
The legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is located just next to the complex. Footprints and signatures of celebrities are displayed in front to the public. While you can tour the theatre by paying $13.50 ($6.50 if you’re a child), you can also spend around the same amount of money to buy a ticket to watch a new movie inside, which also allows you the opportunity to tour the theatre! Furthermore, purchasing a movie ticket gives you validation for FOUR hours of parking for $2 at the Hollywood & Highland Center!!
Across the street we have the El Capitan Theatre, a movie theatre operated by the Walt Disney Company that premieres most of their movies. For those who have seen “The Muppets,” the El Capitan was used as the exterior for the Muppet Theater. Next to the El Capitan is where the talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is filmed. You can register for free tickets to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” here! Attending the show also gives you validation for four hours of parking for $2 at the Hollywood & Highland Center.
In addition to the Chinese Theatre, Sid Grauman also built the Egyptian Theatre, a theatre in Hollywood that is named for its Egyptian-theme paintings and hieroglyphics. The Egyptian Theatre, located in 6712 Hollywood Blvd, screens both old and new films from around the world. Another famous theatre is the ArcLight at 6360 Sunset Blvd. The ArcLight in Hollywood is recognized for one of its unique dome-shaped screening room and the ability for patrons to select their seats. Actors and directors occasionally show up for Question and Answer sessions as well.
Amoeba Music is another noteworthy landmark located a block from the ArcLight at 6400 Sunset Blvd. What few people may know about Amoeba is that it was originally the proposed site for Freestyle Photographic Supplies, which is located at 5124 Sunset Blvd. The sculpture for Freestyle, resembling a film reel, remains to this day as a recognized icon for Amoeba Music in Hollywood. At Amoeba Music, you can find both used and new Blu-rays, DVDs, VHS, CDs, and even vinyls at affordable prices.
Finally we have the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which runs along Hollywood Blvd and Vine St. The Walk of Fame consists of over 2,400 stars awarded to actors, musicians, directors, producers, theatrical groups, and more. Their website helps you locate the star of your favorite celebrity and informs you where ceremonies of recipients are held. Many of these presentations are held outside the famous W Hollywood Hotel and allows people the chance to see stars like Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston!!
In addition to sightseeing in Hollywood, there are numerous options for food. Hollywood & Highland Center has a wonderful Japanese cream puff pastry store called Beard Papa’s. At 6750 Sunset Blvd is a Chick-Fil-A, a fast-food franchise that is well-known for their inexpensive chicken burgers. However, please note that they are close on Sundays due to the founder’s Christian values. For a healthier organic meal choice, there’s Tender Greens at 6290 Sunset Blvd. One of my favorite selections from Tender Greens is their seared tuna salad. Furthermore, if you are willing to spend a little more, you can visit Osaka Hollywood at 6327 Hollywood Blvd, which Golda already wrote a review about here.
We hope you have an enjoyable time in Hollywood. Please leave us a comment on your experience. We would love to hear about it.
Until next time,