It’s really best to see the sights during the day — by night, the Boulevard can get a little seedy
Hollywood Boulevard is a Los Angeles cultural icon and one of the most famous streets in the world. It’s cheesy and over-the-top and undeniably great fun. The boulevard is quieter in the mornings, but things begin to heat up from mid-morning onwards: the crowds swell and the impersonators emerge. You’ll see dozens of Captain Jack Sparrow’s parroting the same lines. And who knows, maybe you’ll ever see the real Johnny Depp — it’s not unheard of for actors to dress up as their characters and prank unsuspecting tourists.
True to its reputation for entertainment, Hollywood Boulevard is peppered with theatres. The Chinese Theatre, for example, hosts many film premieres and bears the famous cement forecourt with the hand and footprints of many screen legends, including John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and Jack Nicholson, to name but a few. Also on the boulevard is the colossal Dolby Theatre, which plays host to the Academy Awards every year in its 3,400 seat theatre.
Perhaps even more famous than the cement prints at the Chinese Theatre is the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you’ll find brass stars dedicated to some 2,500 of Hollywood’s greatest luminaries. They stretch for eight blocks through Hollywood. If you like your tributes a little more lifelike, you can always head in to the Hollywood Wax Museum or Madame Tussauds to match the stars to the statues. Though the waxworks can be a little uncanny..
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