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Los Angeles:
Visiting Hollywood and Hollywood and Highland at night

No visitor should leave Los Angeles without seeing Hollywood at night.

But, because much of Hollywood has become unsafe in recent years, stay in the area around the new Hollywood and Highland complex and along the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

The Hollywood and Highland shopping and entertainment complex incorporates the famed Mann's Chinese Theatre and new Kodak Theatre.

Hollywood and Highland calls itself "over the top" and you have to agree.

Its public spaces are spectacular and include the outdoor Babylon Court based on a set from the 1916 D.W. Griffith film, "Intolerance." Here, too, you find a huge arch that perfectly frames the Hollywood sign.

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Mann's Chinese Theatre

For years, Mann's Chinese Theatre hosted the Academy Awards. It was also where top films, such as Howard Hughes' Hells Angels, premiered.

In the outdoor foyer of Mann's, celebrities made various greetings on concrete floor slabs for you to enjoy, including the imprints of some interesting body parts.

In recent years, Mann's still had some premieres, but as this section of Hollywood deteriorated, most film openings moved to Westwood Village, near UCLA.

The Kodak Theatre

However, the situation changed when the new Kodak Theatre, part of the Hollywood and Highland complex, became the permanent venue of the Academy Awards during 2002.

The premieres and excitement are back in this part of Hollywood.

All the new visitors have brought increased safety. You are still advised to stick to the immediate area of the Hollywood and Highland complex, however.

At Hollywood and Highland, you'll find many new restaurants and mostly upscale fast food places in all price ranges. There's also a new MTA red line metro stop with service from downtown and Amtrak's Union Station.

Hollywood Boulevard

Along both sides of of Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood and Highland complex (and on Vine just south of Hollywood Boulevard), embedded in the sidewalks, are stars commemorating leaders of the entertainment industry, many already largely forgotten.

These stars are fun to explore.

While walking on Hollywood Boulevard, be sure to visit the lobby of the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, where Marilyn Monroe once lived.

In this neighbourhood, especially to the east of Highland Avenue, walk solely on Hollywood Boulevard or within a few metres of it.

Continue exploring Los Angeles at night with the The Sunset Strip.

For more L.A. at night:

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