Hollywood, California: Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Founded in 1899, filled with dead celebrities, and reborn as Hollywood Forever, a hybrid working cemetery and tourist attraction. Probably the most fun cemetery in America, with an anything-goes approach to tombstones. Try to be there on Movie Night!

Hollywood Forever Memorial Park

6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA
West of US Hwy 101 on Santa Monica Blvd, just south of the 101 Freeway. Entrance is behind a strip mall housing auto repair shops and a laundromat.
Daily 8-5. Tours Sa noon or by appt. (Call to verify)
Free to visit; $15 for two-hour guided walking tour.
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Hollywood Forever cemetery.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

It's a great place to catch a movie in the summer. Make sure to get a map from the gift shop!

[Liz, 03/11/2011]

Grave of Darren McGavin.

Darren McGavin Grave

He's in our living rooms every holiday. Who doesn't love Darren McGavin as Ralphie's dad in "A Christmas Story?"

Make immediate left past information booth, 1st right about 40-ft up - 2 rows back in Griffith Lawn. Behind Maila Nurmi (Vampira) and in front of Mr. Blackwell.

[Missy Broome, 07/31/2010]

And some still remember him fondly as crusty investigator Kolchak on "The Night Stalker", the "X-Files/Supernatural" for kids in the 1970s.

Vampira grave.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Vampira is now buried here! Make immediate left past information booth, 1st right (Griffith Lawn section), Maila Nurmi (Vampira)is about 40 ft up in 1st row, right next to large brown marble pillars.

[Missy Broome, 07/08/2010]

And nowhere near Ed Wood, Tor Johnson, and The Amazing Criswell?

Rosemary's Baby at Hollywood Forever.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery - Rosemary's Baby

Movie Night is highly recommended! Rosemary's Baby [was projected on the side of the mausoleum]. Bring a picnic, wine, low beach chairs, and don't forget a sweater. And take the bus! It saves hours in parking and unparking! Have fun, it's the best.

[Erica, 02/27/2010]

Movie Night is a popular Friday event at the cemetery.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery plays old movies during the summer months on the side of the [Cathedral Mausoleum]. This past September, we watched an old Hitchcock movie. There were probably 3,000 people there. Everyone brought picnic lunches, wine and beach chairs. Hitchcock's grave is right behind the [Cinespia] movie site -- there were lots of candles along it. Movie goers weren't allowed to wander the grave sites (they needed to stay off the grass until getting to the chapel lawn), but there was lots to see from the roadside. It is a beautiful cemetery, and was fun to watch movies there late at night! It felt like a tribute to the movie actors and producers who rest there.

[Alexandra, 12/22/2007]

Linda comments: "Alfred Hitchcock is not buried there; his ashes were scattered." The Cathedral Mausoleum, in where "Rudolph Valentino, Peter Lorre, Peter Finch, and Barbara La Marr, among others, are interred."

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In the region:
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