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    Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Los Angeles' celebrity cemetery

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    There are numerous things to see in Hollywood and among these stands out the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It is not the only famous cemetery in the United States: just think of Arlington National Cemetery, the above-ground cemeteries of New Orleans or the Salem Cemetery. But the many famous tombs that are found here and the proximity to Paramount Studios make it a very interesting stop to be included in a Los Angeles itinerary.


    • What is Hollywood Forever Cemetery
    • Where is it and how to get there
    • Tickets and Opening Hours
    • Why visit it?
      • Famous buried people
    • Where to sleep in the area

    What is Hollywood Forever Cemetery

    A cemetery that is also one of the most active cultural centers in the area? In Los Angeles of course it is possible! The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in fact, not only has hundreds of tombs including those of characters who have made the history of cinema and more, but also has spaces where they are organized every year concerts, literary events and open-air film screenings.

    The cemetery was founded in 1899 and is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles. Inside the cemetery there is also an area called Beth Olam Cemetery, dedicated to the Jewish community and founded in 1920. In addition to its longevity, the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is famous for its many monumental tombs and for being the "VIP cemetery". Here, in fact, they are buried Rudolph Valentino, Judy Garland, Burt Reynolds, Johnny ramone, Edward Bunker, Harry Cohn, Charlie Chaplin's son, Chris Cornell and last but not least the little dog Toto from the Wizard of Oz.

    Inside the cemetery there are green areas and artificial lakes therefore the visit to the discovery of the famous tombs is also made pleasant by the well-kept environment. Since 2002, thanks to the partnership with Cinespia, every year from May to September on Fairbanks Lawn after sunset hundreds of people gather to watch the screening of old famous films. On July 3rd and 4th you can also enjoy a fireworks display for Independence Day.

    But that's not all. A cemetery is certainly the perfect place to celebrate November 2 and thus exorcise the fear of death: at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery takes place the largest event in honor of the Dia de los Muertos from all over the United States. Music, colored floats, garlands, masks and costumes color the cemetery and the entire community (especially the Spanish-American one which is very numerous in this area of ​​Hollywood) participates in the organization and success of the event. If you are in California between October 28 and November 2 don't miss these celebrations.

    Where is it and how to get there

    Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

    There are several stops on Santa Monica Boulevard if you prefer to travel with the By public transport: Bus 4 on the same street or Hollywood / Wilshire at the station on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Gower Street.

    If you are in auto, there are several entrances to access the cemetery and therefore numerous parking lots in the area. Near Gower Street is Private Parking Lot The Willow 5 or further south, next to Paramount Studios, Paramount Gower Parking. East of the cemetery, on Lemon Grove Avenue, is the Lemon Grove Lot Paramount.

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    Tickets and Opening Hours

    Hollywood Forever Cemetery is open Monday through Sunday from 8:30 am to 17:00 pm. In summer the closing is postponed to 17:30.

    The Beth Olam Cemetery, on the other hand, is only open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 16:00.

    The cemetery can be visited either on your own or by purchasing a tour. At the flower shop you can buy a map or a paper guide to explore the cemetery on your own.

    I guided tours they last around 2 hours and cost $ 25 per person and generally take place on Saturdays at 10am.

    If visiting a cemetery at night thrills you more, there are also gods night guided tours. remember to bring a torch! The cost is $ 45 per person, they last 2 hours and are usually on Sundays at 19pm.

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    Why visit it?

    If you fancy a picnic in a cemetery this is the place for you! Bring blankets, food and lounge chairs and enjoy a creepy aperitif among the graves, watch an outdoor cult movie or any other event the Hollywood Forever Cemetery has to offer.

    Obviously since you are in one of the most famous and important cemeteries in the United States I recommend that you go in search of the graves and epitaphs of the movie and music stars present. You will not be disappointed.

    Famous buried people

    Here are some of the must-see tombs:

    • Johnny ramone, the Ramones guitarist who died in 2004 whose grave depicts him with the guitar;
    • Dee Dee Ramone, the Ramones bassist who died in 2002;
    • Hanna Chaplin e Charlie Chaplin Jr., respectively the mother and son of the iconic actor and producer;
    • Henry Cohn, the founder of Columbia Pictures Corporation;
    • Cecil B. DeMille, a great director who died in 1959;
    • M, the voice actor who gave the English voices to Bugs Bunny, Duffy Duck, Sylvester the Cat, Willy the Coyote and Beep Beep and Speedy Gonzales;
    • Rudolph Valentino, who died in 1926 and for which no words are needed;
    • Tyrone Power, sex symbol actor who died in 1958 and father of Romina Power;
    • the great mausoleum in the middle of a Clark family pond where William Andrews Clark Jr., founder of the Los Angeles Philarmonic also rests;
    • Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden who died in 2017;
    • in the park there is also the cenotaph of little Toto, Dorothy's dog in The Wizard of Oz;

    These are just some of the illustrious names featured in this place. On the official website of the museum you will find the interactive map with the location of the various tombs and mausoleums. Just enter the name and surname of the person you are looking for and the location, date of birth and death, some information and even a link to the flower shop will appear to have a floral gift delivered to the tomb.

    Where to sleep in the area

    Hollywood is a popular neighborhood full of hotels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals. For this reason, I recommend that you read our in-depth study dedicated to where to sleep in Los Angeles where you will find many useful tips also on this area.

    Our tips on where to sleep in Los Angeles

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