History of Hollywood Forever Cemetery
You haven't lived (or died, for that matter) if you haven't been to Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It's one of those must-see, offbeat LA hot spots that's popular with tourists and locals alike.
Anybody who was anybody in Hollywood's Golden Age is buried here.
The infamous hot spot (or cold spot, to be more precise), was founded in 1899. Its original incarnation was connected to Paramount Studios from its back half.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery is now listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
Beyond its famous eternal denizens, this cemetery is unlike any other because it hosts popular events and sees a lot of living traffic through its walking tours. In 2011, the cemetery co-produced a film called Silent Life based on the story of one of its interred luminaries, silent film star Rudolph Valentino.
Never before has a resting place for the dead had so much life in it!
Stars Buried at Hollywood Forever
- Mel Blanc
- Charlie Chaplin, Jr.
- Iron Eyes Cody
- Cecil B. DeMille
- Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
- Janet Gaynor
- Darla Jean Hood
- Peter Lorre
- Jayne Mansfield
- Hattie McDaniel
- Tyrone Power
- Dee Dee Ramone
- Johnny Ramone
- Nelson Riddle
- Bugsy Siegel
- Yma Sumac
- Rudolph Valentino
Dia De Los Muertos in Hollywood
During the Halloween season, Southern California gets festive and buzzing by celebrating a traditionally Mexican holiday that has become quite dear and important to Angelenos: Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). This occasion comes to life at Hollywood Forever Cemetery which hosts one of the city's best Day of the Dead outdoor parties.
Loads of people wander through the cemetery, many of them ghoulishly dressed, to behold some incredible and artistic Dia de Los Muertos displays and to eat some fantastic carnival food.
Cinespia Cemetery Movie Screenings
The celebratory and creative spirit of the cemetery's permanent residents was exhumed over a decade ago when a group called Cinespia began holding outdoor screenings of old movies on-site.
Initially, something of a large underground phenomenon, the events became increasingly popular. Today, they are huge, renowned and just as much a part of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery's lore as, well Peter Lorre--albeit in a more contemporary sense.
During 'the season,' usually warmer months (for obvious reasons), Cinespia will screen everything from Breakfast at Tiffany's to The Wicker Man. They ask for a donation--usually $10. Movie goers come equipped with blankets, lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and bottles of wine to watch films with their friends and meet new friends amidst the backdrop of DJ beats and celebrity tombs
Check the Hollywood Forever Cemetery's tour page for more details and dates.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tours
The cemetery offers several tours. The Cemetery of the Stars Tour provides visitors with a snapshot of its most famous residents and their final resting places. Visitors will learn the history of Hollywood Forever Cemetery's Jewish 'residents' on the Jewish Heritage Tour. If your style is more underground and off-the-map, you'll enjoy the Hidden Hollywood Tour which features some of the lesser-known but influential figures interred in the cemetery.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038