Hollywood at Night   3 comments

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Confession time: I tried to visit Hollywood Boulevard during the day, but I got lost, and never found it. So, I had my friend, Mark Anthony, take me to see the place at night. After watching various magic shows and getting some autographs at the Magic Castle earlier in the evening, Mark, James, and I walked down the hill onto Hollywood Boulevard to see the sights. With all the neon and spectacle, it is kind of like Las Vegas on the Strip, but not as big, and the focus here is on movies instead of on gambling. What follows are some pictures from the evening of April 28, 2014, when I went to Hollywood at night.

 

We started here.

We started here.

 

James St. Andre and I pose for pix at the entrance to the Magic Castle. No photography is allowed inside.

James St. Andre and I pose for pix at the entrance to the Magic Castle. No photography is allowed inside.

 

As soon as we got to Hollywood, I ran into an old friend.

As soon as we got to Hollywood, I ran into an old friend.

 

The street itself is very colorful, and there were many places to explore. By coming late at night (after 11 p.m.) there were no crowds to deal with.

The street itself is very colorful, and there were many places to explore. By coming late at night (after 11 p.m.) there were no crowds to deal with.

 

Hollywood is famous for its stars. Sharon Stone was a sex goddess for my generation. I don't think James had any idea who she was. I collected her star because it was right next to . . .

Hollywood is famous for its stars. Sharon Stone was a sex goddess for my generation. I don’t think James had any idea who she was. I collected her star because it was right next to . . .

 

. . . everyone's favorite rodent.

. . . everyone’s favorite rodent.

 

We went exploring. The photos that follow are not in the strict sequence in which they were taken.

 

It was my birthday. I got to decide where we went. I let my instincts guide me. So, of course, this is the first place we entered.

It was my birthday. I got to decide where we went. I let my instincts guide me. So, of course, this is the first place we entered.

 

Going up the escalator led to a meeting with an old hero and role model. What is it with me and the color green?

Going up the escalator led to a meeting with an old hero and role model. What is it with me and the color green?

 

We came out in a fantastic place--an inner courtyard presided over by albino elephants on the roof.

We came out in a fantastic place–an inner courtyard presided over by albino elephants on the roof.

 

Mark Anthony, Ken St. Andre, and James St. Andre at the entrance to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood where the Academy Awards take place every year.

Mark Anthony,  Ken St. Andre, and James St. Andre at the entrance to the Dolby Theater in Hollywood where the Academy Awards take place every year.

 

James and I also posed on the steps. Mark wanted us to go all the way up, but no way was I gonna do that.

James and I also posed on the steps. Mark wanted us to go all the way up, but no way was I gonna do that.

 

I said hello to another famous monster of filmland. Kong! The 8th Wonder of the World!

I said hello to another famous monster of filmland. Kong! The 8th Wonder of the World!

 

We had to go to Grauman’s Chinese Theater. It was renamed Mann’s Chinese Theater in 1973, but is still well-known by it’s earlier name. It has been a Hollywood landmark since it was built in 1926, and is very famous for the hand and footprints in concrete on the sidewalk in front of it.  We spent about half an hour there, finding our favorite stars, and just being goofy.

I get along well with statues of monsers. The entrance to Grauman's is guarded by Chinese lions.

I get along well with statues of monsers. The entrance to Grauman’s is guarded by Chinese lions.

 

When we found John Travolta's square, I couldn't keep myself from rocking out. "Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Staying alive! Staying alive!" James joined the dance reluctantly.

When we found John Travolta’s square, I couldn’t keep myself from rocking out. “Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Staying alive! Staying alive!” James joined the dance reluctantly.

 

This slab is dedicated to Star Trek and has autographs of the crew. There was one for Star Wars too, but my sympathy really lies witht he earlier show.

This slab is dedicated to Star Trek and has autographs of the crew. There was one for Star Wars too, but my sympathy really lies with the earlier show.

 

Marilyn Monroe may have been the only actress to leave her breast prints in the concrete at Grauman's. She is the classic blonde actress of which all other blondes are but Shadows and Precursors.

Marilyn Monroe may have been the only actress to leave her breast prints in the concrete at Grauman’s. She is the classic blonde actress of which all other blondes are but Shadows and Precursors.

 

This is a longshot of Grauman's from across the street.

This is a longshot of Grauman’s from across the street.

There was more to see and do on the Boulevard, but you have seen the best of it. Other pix may appear on my Facebook page. You’re all invited to follow my adventures there as well as here.  After more than an hour of wandering around and gawking at the neon sights of Hollywood, we called it a night, returned to the Magic Castle, and said goodbye to all the glamor.

Walking back to the Magic Castle in the dark.

Walking back to the Magic Castle in the dark.

 

I had to stop and pet the African lion as well.

I had to stop and pet the African lion as well.

 

If you’ve ever been to Hollywood, please leave a comment.

–end

 

 

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  1. Last time I was there was in the late 1970s. It looks a lot more respectable these days!

  2. I made a brief visit in 1989, during a business trip. The first thing we saw as we turned onto the main drag was a dried-out burnt-brown bum lying on a bunch, having fun with himself. A frumpy middle-aged woman on the next bench was staring at him, open-mouthed. It looked like a perverse Norman Rockwell painting.

    The street was lined with crummy-looking souvenir shops.

    I think Hollywood’s fortunes have changed since then!

  3. Mark told me that Disney came and bought up much of the landscape. Opened a big new theater. Renovated the area.

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