With all the hip and trendy spots that have been popping up over Los Angeles, it might be easy to forget about Hollywood’s heyday. If you want to remember old school Hollywood when black and white films were king, here are some iconic “Old Hollywood” attractions to visit. Our hotels near historic attractions in Hollywood and LA.
A list like this wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the TCL Grauman's Chinese Theatre. This theatre opened in 1927, and was the place for a number of Hollywood movie premiers. A fun tradition that has taken place at the theatre is that stars have included their handprint or footprint in wet cement. Classic actors such as Clark Gable and Rita Hayworth have their handprints and signature imprinted on a square. Keep an eye out for Roy Rogers who also had the hoofprints of his horse imprinted in the cement as well as imprinting his revolver!
The Million Dollar Theatre, also created by Sid Grauman, is actually one of the first movie houses that was created in the entire United States. Built in 1918, the inside of the building is extremely ornate and is built in a Spanish Colonial style. The best thing about the theater is definitely the extravagant interior and is definitely worth a visit. While there are still shows screened at the Million Dollar Theatre occasionally, you can enter the building on Saturday mornings for tours through the LA Conservancy Broadway Walking Tour.
Not many people are aware of the fact that legendary silent film icon, Charlie Chaplin actually built a studio built in the Tudor-style. Built in 1919, the location is now known as Henson Studios and in 1969 it was named a historic cultural monument. Unfortunately, tours are not available. However, you can still get impressive pictures of the studio from the street and through the gates. The Chaplin Studio is located at 1416 N. LaBrea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028.
If you want to step back into time and get a feel for what it was like to be in Hollywood during the roaring 20s, then a stop by Musso and Franks is just the thing for you. Built in 1919, the extravagant interior complete with chandeliers is classic Hollywood. In addition, the number of actors, writers and producers that have dined here over the years is innumerable. If you stop by Musso and Franks for a bite to eat it is likely that you’ll see some celeb at the bar or at a booth in the back. Musso and Franks is located at 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.