Favorite Spots in Hollywood
Most of us Angelenos hate Hollywood, but there are some spots that need to be appreciated
- •Larry Edmunds BookshopGive me 3 free hours, and I will spend it here. You'll probably find me on that ladder. Come here to find any book on the performing arts - biographies, history, reference, anything. They have lobby cards, film posters, and so much more. The whole staff is made up of film buffs. There's one guy in particular who seems perma-stoned, until you ask him about some obscure horror or noir film, then his face lights up and he rattles off facts at lightning speed.
- •Dearly Departed Tours & GalleryScott Michaels is a true crime touchstone. He knows anything and everything about this city's dark, sometimes twisted history. Scott is very accurate (most tour guides don't fact-check or do any research whatsoever), and he will have you laughing more than you ever expected. Visit the gallery (it's like a mini-museum with some quirky and incredible items), and please, I beg of you - go on the Helter Skelter tour. You'll be glad you did.
- •Boardner'sAlright, so it shows its age and it's a little dark and depressing. However, Hollywood doesn't preserve much history, so I'm glad they kept this place. Elizabeth Short (The Black Dahlia) was a regular at Boardner's, and this is the place where Ed Wood met Orson Welles in "Ed Wood."
- •Egyptian TheatreEgyptian > Chinese. Screw the footprints. I go here to watch old films in a theater setting, although I prefer its sister, the Aero. They give tours, and often, they'll do screenings of new films and hold a Q&A panel with the director, actor, and/or writer afterwards. If you love film, join the American Cinematheque: www.americancinematheque.com
- •Amoeba MusicDoes this need an explanation? See you in the vinyl section 👋🏻
- •Frolic RoomAnother staple. Right next to the Pantages, the Frolic Room has been there since the end of Prohibition! One of my favorite dive bars in the city.
- •YamashiroI know they closed it down for two days to put in all new staff and management, and I am in full agreement that this was a TERRIBLE IDEA. That being said, the view is spectacular and it's worth a visit, at least. Here's hoping the new management brings back the Farmers Market, which they promised (but I'm not holding my breath). I'll probably still go here, if only for the view.