Rubina Khan visited Hollywood Hills, a place which was once home to the royalty of western cinema
Hollywood Hills. The word itself creates an image of the Golden Age of the Hollywood. Over the years, Hollywood has gone through several changes and transformations; the glory days no longer the same. Today, to provide for more spacious facilities, all major studios have moved miles away on the other side of the Hollywood Hills in the San Fernando Valley. The only one still having a home in Hollywood Hills is Paramount studio. Most celebrities have in turn taken up residence on the very posh residential areas further west, between west Hollywood and Malibu, Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Brentwood.
California summons up images of the film production, movie stars and lots of fame-seeking opportunities. Hollywood Hills are a part of Santa Monica Mountains; today it has been more of the bustling tourist attractions and the beginning point to the sightseeing around Los Angeles, a historical landmark of the television and film industry.
The main direction to Hollywood is through Hollywood Boulevard, which boasts of several attractions at the Boulevard. On our visit to the Boulevard, we saw the Chinese Theatre, Golden Age Theatre, Guinness Book of Record Museum, Jimmy Kimmel Live Studio, Hollywood Museum, Ohm Night Club, the Wax Museum, Walk of Fame, Hollywood and Highland entertainment centre and several of the renowned hotels like the Roosevelt Hotel, the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel and the W Hotel.
Hollywood and Highland
One of the newly opened and biggest attractions was the Hollywood and Highland entertainment centre. The multi-level entertainment centre includes dining, entertainment complex and shopping. The U-shaped vicinity faces the Hollywood Boulevard.
From the back of the centre, we could see the Walk of Fame, Hollywood Boulevard, the fountains, the Hollywood sign, and the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. Along the Walk of Fame and at the ground level of the Hollywood and Highland, is the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Feeling the imprints of feet and hands left by some of the greatest actors/actresses of the world in the concrete transported us to a different time.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
All the way to the Hollywood Boulevard and to the Hollywood and Highland centre, there are consisting more than 2000 stars representing the who’s who of filmdom, music and other entertainment areas. Just opposite the Hollywood Boulevard is a bus stop, were several buses depart every hour, taking tourists along for sight-seeing which also features celebrity homes, Downtown Los Angeles and the Beverly Hills.
Walking down the lane we reached little street off to Franklin Ave which stretches deep in the Hills called as Outpost Estates. Outpost Estate was once a home for several Hollywood celebrities the 90s. The homes in this area have been renovated to sustain their feel and look of 90’s. The rates to these houses are more than billion dollars; few of the houses perched on the top of the hill have an amazing view of Downtown Los Angeles.
Shopping in Hollywood Boulevard is a mind-blowing experience, with windows lined with Hollywood t-shirts, discarded paparazzi photos of the celebs, plastic Oscar statue and other Hollywood memorabilia for sale. The Melrose Ave is yet another shopping, dining and entertainment destination for the visitors to explore.
The street leading to the famous Paramount Picture is vibrant and full of life. The Paramount studio is one of the most famous studios with a long history of production. We walked by the perimeter to get a closer look of the studio. Today, the studio is mainly used for daily television shows, production of day times, commercials and movies. Apart from the Paramount Picture studio one can also see the very first Johnny Rockets studio on the street.
Runyon Canyon Park
Runyon Canyon Park is at the end of the eastern Santa Monica Mountains. There are two entrances to the Park; one on Fuller Avenue, off Mulholland and other on Vista Street. The Park has wide fire roads from the Vista entrance. Runyon Canyon Park also has numerous smaller hiking trails taking the walker up to the several of the magnificent points. Standing tall at 1320 ft, Indian Rock is the Park’s highest point.
From Indian Rock, the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory can be seen to the east, downtown area, Park La Brea, the Wilshire Boulevard and Baldwin Hills. The Catalina Island and the Pacific Ocean can be clearly seen at the south-west. The pacific Design Centre can be spotted with Hollywood and the Highland Mall with the white Elephant on the roof, the Chinese Theatre, the Capital Record Building and everything on the Hollywood Boulevard.
Visiting Hollywood Hills was one of the best experiences. It hardly took us two days to explore the entire area. LA is one of the best places to visit especially the Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and The Universal Studios.