After a brush with the stardust of Hollywood, it may be hard to imagine leaving Los Angeles without a piece of the magic in your hands. If it's a silver-screen souvenir you seek, you've come to the right place. The city's memorabilia shops overflow with relics from Hollywood's Golden Era, from vintage posters and lobby cards to classic portraits and props. They also stock modern pieces, from film-set fashions to autographed photos of today's biggest stars. Casual fans might be satisfied with a poster from the latest blockbuster or a sweater worn by an actor in their favorite TV show. But more serious collectors and film buffs will also find rare and precious artifacts, whether it's a historic script or an iconic prop. (Just expect to pay a pretty penny for these museum-quality items!) Even if you don't take anything home, these five outstanding shops are worth a browse.
Baby Jane of Hollywood
Ensconced in the French Quarter Restaurant, this small memorabilia shop is big on glamour. You'll find modern and vintage movie posters and portraits (some autographed) of va-va-voom sirens like Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe and leading men like Marlon Brando and Tom Cruise. Score costume pieces from film sets, too.
Larry Edmunds Bookshop
Open since 1938, Larry Edmunds is a trove of Tinseltown treasures. More than 20,000 motion picture and theater books grace the shelves, but this is way more than just a bookshop. With over 500,000 movie photographs and 6,000 original movie posters, as well as lobby cards and scripts, it's a film buff heaven.
It's A Wrap
This sartorial shop's clothes and accessories all come gently used from the wardrobe and prop departments of movie and television productions. Trendsetting (and discounted) designer fashions dominate, but there are also Western, sci-fi, and vintage costumes. Check the tag to see what film or TV show the item is from.
Hollywood Book & Poster
This treasure chest of memorabilia stands out from the touristy trinket shops on Hollywood Boulevard with a stellar collection of film, television, and music industry artifacts. The collection of film stills is phenomenal. Among the current and classic movie posters, books, and scripts, you're sure to find a meaningful souvenir.
Specializing in collectors' items, this warehouse of high-end props is like a cross between an art museum and an archeologist's lab. The stock changes as new items arrive and others sell, but you might stumble across Stormtrooper helmets from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi or Ripley's flamethrower from Alien.