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LOS ANGELES - THE WORLD'S BIGGEST FILM SET

 

Los Angeles is the biggest film set in the world. Every street corner, every public building and every hotel lounge looks familiar to anyone who has been to the movies.

 

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How to get there

Many scheduled airlines fly from the UK to Los Angeles Internationa Airport (LAX)

Where to Stay

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 Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

 

Star spotting is a favourite sport for visitors; downtown most weekends whole blocks are turned over to film crews. The dazzling ballroom and luxury entrance of the Biltmore Hotel is frequently used as a location and nearby at the Westin Bonaventure the glass elevator from ‘True Lies’ is probably the best, free, white knuckle ride in the city. Go in for a drink and try it.
Westin Bonaventure


Hollywood Boulevard is another top free attraction. Started when the actress Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped in wet cement at the premier of Cecil B. DeMille’s ‘King of Kings’, the Hollywood Walk of Fame now has over 2000 stars commemorated in the sidewalks. Los Angeles’ cemeteries are as much a part of the celebrity world as footprints in cement. At Hollywood Forever, fans still gather every Aug. 23 to pay homage to Rudolph Valentino and at Westwood Memorial Park Marilyn Monroe rests in a simple wall crypt, number 24.

Holywood Roosevelt Hotel

In Hollywood Boulevard is the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, originally financed by a group of movie personalities including Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Louis B. Mayer. The first ever Oscars ceremony was held here,Marilyn Munroe was a permanent resident and the floor of the swimming pool has a mural by David Hockney. In the foyer sits a statue of Charlie Chaplin as the little tramp. It was created by an immigrant Russian sculpture who was appalled that there was no statue to his hero. A group of Hollywood citizens looked at various locations for Charlie, took him on nights out to them, then ultimately decided on the hotel.

If you are looking for something a bit more lively, visit Universal Studios to enjoy some of the movie inspired, white knuckle rides or take the tour of the back lot via the Bates Motel, flash floods, collapsing bridges and burning undergrounds.

Mulholland Drive Sign

Don’t leave LA without taking one of the world’s most famous scenic drives, along Mulholland Drive. It winds from the Hollywood Hills across the spine of the Santa Monica Mountains west to the Pacific Ocean with incredible viewing spots along the way looking all the way to Catalina or across the broad San Fernando Valley.

Holywood Sign

 

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