Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tours

Founded in 1899, this is Hollywood's oldest cemetery, a burial ground for some of L.A.'s most historically important and famous citizens. Today, it's a gathering place for community events, like a huge celebration of Dia De Los Muertos (the Mexican Day of the Dead) and a popular summer-Saturday series of outdoor movie screenings.

Its original owners, San Fernando Valley developers Isaac Lankershim and son-in-law Isaac Van Nuys (whose names, respectively, are lent to a major boulevard in North Hollywood and a town in the northwest Valley), sold much of the cemetery in 1920 to Paramount Pictures, RKO Studios and the Beth Olam Synagogue. As a result, many entertainers (like Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, and two of the Ramones) and prominent Jews (like gangster/entrepreneur Bugsy Siegel) are buried here.

In 1939, the entire cemetery was bought by morally-challenged ex-con Jules Roth, who proceeded to sell off dozens of acres of the cemetery's land (now used as adjacent strip malls) and embezzle millions from the business, allowing the grounds and graves to fall into complete disrepair for about 60 years. In 1998, the Cassity Brothers, a pair of Missouri funeral home owners, took steep advantage of bankruptcy proceedings and re-named their new bargain purchase the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The Cassity Brothers have since authorized a 2000 documentary on the cemetery called The Young and the Dead, and introduced the Cinespia Series, where, on Saturday nights during the summer, classic films like Sunset Boulevard are screened against a mausoleum for large crowds of gourmet picnickers.

Throughout the year, various musical acts perform at the cemetery's on-site Masonic Lodge, and on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, guided tours are given by film historian Karie Bible, who also serves as the "Lady in Black," responsible for putting a fresh rose each day on the resident grave of Rudolph Valentino.
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Address: 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
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Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

Discover Los Angeles on your own terms thanks to this convenient hop-on, hop-off bus excursion covering the city’s top highlights. Enjoy the sun from the open top of your bus, offering 360-degree vistas of the surrounding landmarks. Best of all, your hop-on, hop-off excursion covers more than 50 locations throughout the city, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood and downtown L.A. You can also choose between a 24-, 48- and 72-hour ticket options and plenty of convenient departures, thanks to its 365-days-a-year operation schedule.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Hollywood Trolley Tour

Hit up Hollywood’s hotspots on this 1-hour tour by trolley of the Los Angeles’ neighborhood that’s well known for its fame and fortune. Board a trolley at the TCL Chinese Theater, and make your way around to see the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Sign, the Hollywood Bowl, Warner Brothers Studios, and Paramount Studios. Plus, pass by CBS and 20th Century Fox Studios, too.
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Hollywood Bike Tour

Get a more intimate, pedal-powered, look at historic Hollywood’s top attractions during this 3-hour bike tour. Take a trip back in time to the early days of Tinseltown as you cycle past the Paramount Studio, ride through Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and check out famous Hollywood landmarks like the Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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2.5-Hour Hollywood Forever Cemetery Walking Tour

A visit to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a must for fans of classic films and those who want to get closer to these iconic celebrities. Historic tour guide Karie Bible is your indispensible guide to this fascinating location. Learn about the stories, scandals, and mysteries surrounding the rich and famous residents who are buried and memorialized in the cemetery.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Half Day Hollywood Pop Culture History Walking Tour

Explore Hollywood’s top pop culture sights on a 3-hour private walking tour. Walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit famous spots like the Chinese Theater and the Capitol Records Building, and learn about the movie industry and its history from your informative guide. See the Hollywood of your dreams on this private and customizable tour.
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