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

Photography has always been allowed -- unless you're interrupting a special event or have say, accidentally stumbled in to a private service. You will encounter security guards, especially at newer graves of the famous, however, so long as you're polite and respectful, I've found that they'll actually give you tips on where to get some cool shots. They've always been very friendly to me. I've been coming here for over 10 years!

[Jay George, 04/16/2018]

Asian temple garden memorials.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

In the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the Asian temple garden memorials are near the little white chapel.

[(c) Jay George, 04/13/2018]

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?

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Sherman Oaks Castle Park, Sherman Oaks, CA - 10 mi.

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