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A little while ago, I was invited out to visit California by a cyber-friend who works in one of Hollywood's many little movie FX shops. So I did most of the well-known tourist things: LaBrea Tar Pits, California Science Center, LA Museum of Natural History, Warner Brothers Studio Tour, Long Beach, and Disneyland. I also got to visit my friend's FX shop and take an inside tour in Paramount Studios--got to visit the prop shop, sit in on a foley recording session, and had lunch with a group of background actors (if you call them "extras" they will correct you VERY quickly), but alas because they have all sorts of non-disclosure agreements I was not allowed to take a camera into the FX shop or Paramount.

But here are some photos of the touristy stuff in LA/Hollywood.

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The iconic "Hollywood" sign on the hills just outside town.

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Beverley Hills.  Swimming pools, movie stars . . . .

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Most of the rich set lives in the hills and canyons surrounding LA.

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Hollywood Boulevard.

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A memorial wreath for Shirley Temple, who died the day I arrived in LA.

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Grauman's Chinese Theater, on Hollywood Boulevard

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The courtyard at Grauman's, where celebrities immortalize their hand and footprints in the cement.

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C3PO, R2D2 and Darth Vader footprints, at Grauman's.

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Setting up a media event at Grauman's Theater for the premiere of the "Mr Peabody" movie.

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People in costume can be found along Hollywood Boulevard--they make their living by posing for photos with the tourists.

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I don't know which movie characters these two are, but they sure had a lot of people posing for photos with them . . .

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The Walk of Fame, along Hollywood Boulevard.

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A star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.

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Commemoration of the live TV broadcast from the moon, Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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The Egyptian Theater, on Hollywood Boulevard.

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Filming a TV commercial on Hollywood Boulevard

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The Taft Building, at Hollywood and Vine.  Most of the silent-film-era movie companies had their offices in this building, making it the center of the motion picture industry.

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The "L Ron Hubbard Life Exhibit" on Hollywood Boulevard. The Scientology cult is everywhere in LA/Hollywood--by snagging movie stars they hope to gain legitimacy and respectability.

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Warner Brothers Studios.

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Paramount Studios.

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NBC/Universal Studios.

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Jim Henson Studios. This building was originally the Charlie Chaplin Studio.

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"When the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard . . . "

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Hollywood Forever, cemetery to the stars.

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The California Science Center.

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The Page Museum at the LaBrea Tar Pits.

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The LA Art Museum, next door to LaBrea.

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The LA County Museum of Natural History.

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The Griffith Observatory

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Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach.

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The ocean liner "Queen Mary", now a floating hotel and restaurant at Long Beach.

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Disneyland, just outside LA in Anaheim.

Originally posted to Shutterbugs on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 02:01 PM PST.

Also republished by Pink Clubhouse.

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