Things to do in Hollywood
Hollywood goes hipster at this carefully curated retail complex.
The Hotel Cafe is an anomaly along the Cahuenga Corridor cocktailing mecca: it’s a place where softly strummed guitars trump earsplitting dance beats and drinks are sipped, not pounded.
Nightclub aficionados refer to this sultry club as a micro-lounge, but what’s truly microscopic here are your chances of getting in. There is a tight guest list at the heavy bronze door—either the bouncers know you, or you’re left to wander Hollywood Boulevard.
This addition to L.A. nightlife impresario David Judaken’s empire (he also owns Mood and Garden of Eden) is a modern, two-room club outfitted in red velvet and leather couches, and with a sunken dance floor small enough to keep the party intimate.
Every Sunday from 9 a.m.
Original Debut: In 1927, theater developer Sid Grauman set out to do no less than create the most opulent movie palace the world had ever known.
Iconic '50s pin-up girl Bettie Page serves as muse to this retro boutique filled with in A-line dresses and capri pants. The shop's Hollywood Blvd location sells mid-century fashions and design touches behind a vintage storefront in the Artisans Patio complex.
It doesn't get more authentically Hollywood than this quirky repository for original film scripts, movie stills, and movie posters old and new.
Housed in the former studio of famed Hollywood makeup artist Max Factor, this museum spans four floors containing thousands of TV and movie props, posters, and costumes, which make up the bulk of the collection.
A consignment store with an only-in-L.A. conceit: the clothes have actually been worn on, or at least purchased for, a set. Each tag bears a code that refers to the item's former life (uia for Up in the Air, for example).
This bookshop along the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been around since 1938. It has more than 20,000 movie and theater books, but the store also carries a vast stock of movie photos, posters, lobby cards, screenplays, and fan magazines.
Built around the 1960’s Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, the legendary ArcLight cinemas returns the glitz and glamour to the movie-going experience with 15 state-of-the-art screens, top-quality sound systems, assigned armchair-like seating with plenty of leg room, and spoken movie introductions that a
T-shirts and hoodies, tepees and bicycles, and vintage vinyl and custom-mixed scents are among the offerings at FreeCity Supershop Supermät, in Hollywood, an inspired alternative to the slick and the polished shops along Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue.
Located on legendary Sunset Boulevard, Amoeba Music is a proverbial mecca for stereophiles in Los Angeles. The store is a monument to vinyl, with over 250,000 titles in LP and EP formats and a similarly breathtaking inventory of CDs, DVDs, BluRay discs, and even cassettes (remember those?).