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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Hollywood Forever Cemetery

© Sean Russell

"The resting place for Hollywood's immortals." [self-described]

An unlikely yet strangely enticing Los Angeles attraction, Hollywood Forever Cemetery is an entertainment industry landmark, providing the resting place for many of the founding Hollywood icons, such as Victor Fleming (director of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz), Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway (Ernest Hemingway's wife), Deed Dee Ramone (of The Ramones), and Florence Lawrence (who is said to be the first movie star). With a view of the Hollywood sign to the north and Paramount Studios bordering the south, the necropolis' location rouses a sense of historical and legendary importance—almost as though you were in the presence of the idols of entertainment.

Third party providers offer walking tours for two hours at 12 dollars an hour. But that is not all; appropriately, there are film screenings most Saturdays and Sundays on the graveyard grounds, projecting movies onto a massive screen and presenting live DJs before and after the movie. Bring a blanket and chair, dancing shoes, and picnic supplies (alcoholic beverages allowed), and enjoy the show. Every year on November 1, Hollywood Forever Cemetery hosts a Dia De los Muertos festival, which pays tribute to the dead with ceremonial Aztec rituals.

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