Topic: is this place cool?
April 23, 2019 / By Aldford Question:
ive been to L.A a few times i want to know do you guys think that its real special in any way i mean i went to hollywood and didnt see one celebrity just thinkin out loud
Sylva | 2 days ago
Virtually everyone has heard of the legendary corner of Hollywood & Vine, and most of the 11 million tourists who visit Southern California each year eventually make the pilgrimage out to that fabled intersection.
Many expect to find a glamorous boulevard lined with beautiful shops and populated by movie stars.
They are inevitably disappointed.
Except for the Capitol Records Building (a block north of Hollywood Blvd.), and the nearby Pantages Theatre (half a block east), there is simply nothing much to see there. There are no notable landmarks at the corner of Hollywood & Vine. (Unless you look down at the sidewalk beneath your feet, of course, where you'll see the stars of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.)
And course, there are no movie stars to be found on Hollywood Boulevard. The problem is that people often confuse Hollywood with Beverly Hills.
Many people think of Hollywood as the place where the stars live, where they keep their million dollar homes and live their lifestyles of the rich & famous - where they shop at the luxurious boutiques of Rodeo Drive, and where you might glimpse flocks of celebrities at a trendy restaurant.
Sorry, folks, but that describes Beverly Hills, not Hollywood.If you are looking for glamour, head west a few miles on Sunset Boulevard to Beverly Hills - and its adjacent neighborhoods of Bel-Air and Brentwood and Malibu).
Hollywood is where the stars work, not where they live. Hollywood is an industrial town, where the industry just happens to be film-making - and it looks like it.
The few studios that remain within the borders of Hollywood present only blank walls and faceless sound stages to the outside world. To the casual passerby, they might just as well be factories. And in a sense they are - film factories, grinding out their unique product: celluloid.
Although things are steadily improving, and there is quite a lot to do in Hollywood now, the Boulevard and its surrounding neighborhood simply isn't the glamorous place people imagine it to be.And it never has been.
Most Golden Age stars didn't live in Hollywood - and neither do most of today's stars. They live in Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Bel-Air, Malibu and other communities on the West Side. There has been a recent trend of younger stars moving back to Hollywood, but those who do settle in the hills above the town.
Oh, there were some well-known restaurants on the Boulevard back then (such as the long-departed Brown Derby), and more than your average number of fancy movie theatres, but basically the town looked then (and looks today) like many other small towns from that era - something that has always surprised tourists.
But it's very important to distinguish between Hollywood the town and "Hollywood" as a name for the entertainment industry in Southern California. There is far more to "Hollywood" than what you'll find on Hollywood Boulevard. The real Hollywood is spread out across the Los Angeles basin, and beyond. And visitors to Southern California need to realize that if they want to enjoy the full Hollywood experience.
If you want to see "Hollywood," for heaven's sake don't limit yourself to that one neighborhood around Hollywood Blvd.
Branch out, and you can tour the movie studios, attend a concert under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl, watch your favorite TV shows being taped live, window-shop along posh Rodeo Drive, dine with the stars at Spago, visit the graves of famous celebrities like Marilyn Monroe & Bing Crosby, enjoy the rides at Disneyland and Universal Studios, take a tour of the stars' homes along the beautiful residential streets of Beverly Hills, or walk along the beach near the famous Malibu Colony.
The "Hollywood" experience isn't limited to Hollywood Boulevard by any means. In fact, it isn't even limited by Los Angeles city boundaries; the real Hollywood - the movie-making business - spreads out across the Los Angeles basin, from Malibu in the northwest to the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County; from Universal Studios and the Paramount Ranch in the Valley to the Queen Mary docked in Long Beach.
In reality, Hollywood has transformed the rest of Los Angeles into one giant back lot, where shooting takes place in virtually every neighborhood at one time or another. Pick up a shoot sheet, or just look for the large white trailers parked around the city, and you can watch Hollywood movie-making on location throughout the vast L.A. basin.
Most tourists have found the actual neighborhood of Hollywood a pretty disappointing spot. But even so, all of us who live in Southern California (and most tourists) will probably make the pilgrimage to Hollywood Boulevard at least once in our lifetimes. We are driven both by curiosity and by our sense of history.
It's important to recognize that, in a broader sense, the true "Hollywood" exists in our imagination. This Hollywood is a glorious concoction of memories from a thousand enchanting musicals, a sparkling, romantic Xanadu that has little in common with the hectic streets of northwest Los Angeles.
Yet we are driven to visit that actual neighborhood just the same... as if to pay homage to the authentic source of our memories, the cradle of our modern pop culture.
I live on the westside of Los Angeles and have seen many, many celebs. Usually it's somewhere bland, like the grocery store, or the gas station.
I used to work at a store at the Beverly Center, a large mall between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. I saw so many celebs there I have forgotten many of them.
Seeing Celebs is overrated. Except Lindsay Lohan.
Contrary to popular opinion, you will rarely see a celeb in any of the tourist places. They would get mobbed.
We see them out and about living their lives. We have an unspoken rule here. We don't bother them, especially if they are eating or in the bathroom. We certainly don't gush or scream.
i'm italian and i went to los angeles 3 times... i haven't seen any celebrity... :( i'm unfortunaited!! scuse me for my orrible language...i don't speak english very well...