Whether you’re a Tourist or a Townie, there’s always something different and fun to do in the Los Angeles area. But the cost of fun in the City of Angels can add up fast. Below is number 5 in a series of 25 things to do in Los Angeles that will cost $25 or less.
Even when it comes to burying its dead, Hollywood has always had style. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, founded in 1899 and recently restored to its original grandeur, is the final resting place for many of the great legends of the silver screen, both on camera and off. Among hundreds of actors, composers, singers, musicians, producers, directors, writers and others buried here, you’ll find the graves and mausoleums of Charlie Chaplin, Tyrone Power, Jayne Mansfield, Nelson Eddy, Johnny Ramone, John Huston, Woody Herman, Peter Lorre, Rudolph Valentino, Fay Wray, Cecil B. DeMille and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
Paramount Studio was built on the back half of the original cemetery. Now, Santa Monica Boulevard divides the two, with the cemetery address at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. An interactive map on the Hollywood Forever website identifies the locations of the people who are buried there, so when you visit you can find your favs and pay your respects. It’s a different kind of Hollywood Walk of Fame.
You can visit the Hollywood Forever Cemetery free of charge, but be sure to check their website before planning a visit, as access to the cemetery grounds and mausoleums varies due to special events, construction, etc. During the warmer months, an organization called Cinespia screens classic films under the stars on the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever. Tickets for the Cinespia films are $14. Bring blankets, drinks and a picnic dinner, and enjoy! For more information, visit the Cinespia website.
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is an active cemetery and funeral home with hundreds of burial plots still available, and you don’t have to be a Hollywood star to end up here. On the Hollywood Forever website, you’ll find information on how to acquire a burial plot or spot in a mausoleum. On the website, you’ll also find the life stories of many of the people interred in the cemetery. Even if you or your loved ones don’t choose this as your burial place, you can record your life story through touchscreens and consoles found throughout the cemetery to be captured as part of Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s permanent collection. Told through photos, film clips, video, and written and spoken words, these “LifeStories” are available to family on DVD and VHS. Check the “LifeStories” page for more information.