So you have done Hollywood 101, maybe you have done it a million times, but you do not need to write off Hollywood completely. There are still a few things to do. Maybe you have rented a hotel room in the area and after doing the Hollywood & Highland touristy things, you are wondering what else is there to do within walking distance or cheap cab ride away.
Every summer, which is May to October in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Bowl opens its concert season. The summer program includes several performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic who relocate here from the Walt Disney Concert hall in downtown Los Angeles. If classical music isn’t your thing, do not worry, more bands that I can possibly mention have played at The Bowl (what the locals call it) there is a long list of performers on the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame plus local radio station KCRW hosts concerts with current and up-and-coming bands. Since there are artists constantly recording in Los Angeles, there are once in a lifetime cameo appearances that can happen. Plus, you can hear music under the stars while drinking a fantastic glass of wine that you brought yourself with no corkage fee. There is a broad price range for tickets. Mark your calendars for early May, when tickets go on sale.
There are Hollywood Bowl Shuttles that leave from different points in the city and drop off directly in front of the Bowl. (More info. on the website) It is also a short walk from the red line station at Hollywood & Highland. WHATEVER YOU DO, do not drive here. It is stacked parking and you will have to wait to leave and leaving early is not an option because you are completely parked in. Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and cabs are also an option.
Many of you are familiar with the Grauman’s Chinese theater, but did you know that there is also a Grauman’s Egyptian theater a couple blocks away and it was the site of the first ever Hollywood premier? Built in a time when all things Egypt were the rage in the 1920s, this landmark is still the site for films, retrospectives, series, and the annual Turner Classic Movie festival and AFI festivals. One of the bonuses are the actor and director talks that sometimes are included with the regularly scheduled films. Also, how often in your life are you able to see Lawrence of Arabia or the Red Shoes on a big screen?
The schedule on the site is a little confusing, just remember RED is for the Egyptian and BLUE is for the Aero. The Areo is the American Cinematheque’s sister theater on the Westside.
Turner Classic Movie festival is at the end of March 2015, and annually around that same time.