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A cemetery might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are deciding how to treat yourself on a trip. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, however, is something special. It’s a historic site and place of pilgrimage for lovers of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and a gloriously inventive, yet alternative location to watch movies surrounded by the stars themselves.
Hollywood Forever is one of the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles, founded in 1899. It was one of the very first cemeteries on the West Coast to be designed as a park, as well as a place of rest. It showcases a verdant landscape, architecturally significant graves, and mausoleums--and now, some of the best things to find there are the Hollywood Forever Cemetery events.
Since the Golden Age, Hollywood has been the final resting place for a whole constellation of the industry’s best and brightest stars, from Cecil B. DeMille to Hattie McDaniel. It is a peaceful, atmospheric place with a true connection to the bright beginnings of film.
Lovingly restored in the late 90s after a long period of neglect, you can now find something unexpected at Hollywood Forever Cemetery--movies. Since 2000, it has provided the backdrop to a unique program of summer film screenings, with guests relaxing on lawn chairs and blankets, while blockbusters and arthouse films play under the night sky.
Watching a classic movie while surrounded by monuments of previous Hollywood greats is a seriously evocative experience, and has become one of the hottest tickets in Los Angeles.