Sometimes when walking down Hollywood and Highland and seeing all the shops and trendy stores, it can be easy to forget the history that is still alive today in Hollywood. While visiting the latest bars or restaurants in Hollywood can be fun, consider taking a trip down memory lane to see how Hollywood first got its start. Here are 3 Historic Hollywood Landmarks to check out!
Coming in at 12 stories tall, the Taft Building, located on Hollywood & Vine was the city’s first high rise building. It was here that anyone who was something in the movie business congregated. In fact, actors such as Charlie Chaplin and Will Rogers had their offices in this building. In addition, it was here that some of the major silent films that came out during the early 20s were written and first conceived of. If you are a fan of silent films or early Hollywood pictures, this is a stop you won’t want to miss.
Another option to go to if you love silent films is to visit the original Charlie Chaplin Studios. When Charlie Chaplin decided to build his studio in 1917, Hollywood wasn’t much more than acres of Orange Groves. As his movies became more and more famous, Hollywood as we know it began to unfurl. He was truly on of the first Hollywood celebrities. The original Charlie Chaplin Studio is located at 1416 N. La Brea Avenue in Hollywood. Call (323) 802-1500 for more information.
When people think of Sid Grauman, they probably think of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. However, did you know that he built many buildings throughout the area? His first building in Los Angeles was the Million Dollar Theatre. At the time, it was one of the largest movie theaters in the entire country with 2,345 seats. Come and see the incredible architecture and imagine what it would have been like to see a movie here so many decades ago. The million dollar theatre is located at 307 S. Broadway in downtown LA.
If you are staying in one of the budget-friendly hotels in Hollywood, be sure to make some time to see these historical sights.