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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery 

Hollywood Forever Cemetery (USA) – description, history, location. Exact address, phone number, website. Reviews of tourists, photos and videos.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the first in Hollywood and one of the most popular in the world. Many stars of the film industry and some members of their families are buried here, a total of about 80 thousand celebrities, including the silent film star Rudolph Valentino, director Victor Fleming, singer Joe Dassin and others.

Among others, the famous American actor who voiced Warner Bros cartoons, Mel Blank, is buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. On his tombstone, the inscription is carved: “That’s it, guys!”

A bit of history

In 1899, the famous fraudster Jules Roth took possession of the cemetery, he sold plots here for private development, and the place quickly fell into disrepair. It got to the point that during the funeral of singer Cass Elliott, the walls of the crematorium began to collapse with a crash, and it was closed.

Over the years of owning the cemetery, Roth has been at the center of many scandals. One of the most notorious concerns his refusal to bury Oscar-winning black actress Hattie McDaniel.

After Roth’s death in 1998, patrons were found who bought these lands, put everything in order and even bought peacocks for beauty. Films have been filmed here more than once, in particular, the horror One Dark Night, the comedy Valentine’s Day, etc.

What to see

Today the cemetery “Hollywood Forever” is active and does not make a gloomy impression. This is a huge green area, where locals and tourists come with sun loungers, wine and board games to walk and relax, and from the cemetery gate you can see the very inscription. For those who wish, excursions are organized around the cemetery.

Cinespia film screenings are held in the cemetery on Saturdays in summer: more than 3,000 people have a picnic with a film from the last century – in tribute to the memory of movie stars. The wall of the Rudolph Valentino mausoleum is used as a screen.

Also, musicians regularly perform here, including world-renowned stars: Lana del Rey, Glasvegas and others. In 2011, The Flamming Lips played a two-day concert under the appropriately titled “Everyone you know will die someday”.

Practical information

Address: Los Angeles, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, CA 90038. Website (in English).

Opening hours: from 8:00 to 17:00, excluding evening events. Admission: free, tickets for concerts – from 20 to 50 USD. The prices on the page are for January 2019.

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