If you’re a Hollywood buff, if you’ve seen everything there ever was in black and white, if you know the celluloid process, then you’ve probably already heard about the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Built on the back half of Paramount Studios lot (actually, it’s the other way around; Paramount Studios is built on the back half of Hollywood Forever Cemetery), this cemetery is the final resting place of choice for all of Hollywood’s first big stars. From actors and actresses to film execs and screenwriters, for better or worse, they’re all buried here.
And while the cemetery might be a trip down memory lane for some, and hallowed ground for others, every summer it opens its doors to allow the film-loving public to come and sit in the lawns and watch screenings of movies from another time. Come sunset Saturday night, the classic Hollywood favorites are played out under a bevy of Los Angeles stars. Upcoming screenings include Sabrina (the original with Hugh Bogart and Audrey Hepburn), Grease, and Silence of the Lambs. Djs spin music to guide the wandering public to their chosen spots on the lawn before and after the movie, and the cemetery grounds allow patrons to bring-in outside food and beverages – alcohol included.
Tickets are free, but parking on site is $10, and there is a $10 donation requested at the door. Alternatively, you can buy tickets ahead of time for $11, and you’re guaranteed a spot on the lawn, though you still have to wait in line to pass the ticket-taker.
The screenings start at 8:30pm, but the gates open at 7pm. Here you can watch a different movie on the lawns with a picnic blanket, chairs, snacks and be dazzled under the night stars, knowing that some of the greats you’re watching on the silver screen are commemorated in that same spot.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery can be found at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Phone: (323) 469-1181.