Sunset Boulevard is famous, but the best known portion of the boulevard is the mile and a half stretch of Sunset between Hollywood and Beverly Hills that has been dubbed "The Sunset Strip."
Running between Crescent Heights Boulevard (on the east) & Doheny Drive (on the west), the Sunset Strip embraces a premier collection of rock clubs, restaurants, boutiques, and Hollywood nightspots that are on the cutting edge of the entertainment business.
In the evening, the Strip is a vibrant slash of gaudy neon, a virtual traffic jam of young cruisers on weekends, a stimulating mecca for people-watchers and celebrity wannabes.
Like some fabled caravan route between holy cities, the Strip has taken on an eccentric character all its own. Mammoth, hand-made billboards are one of its trademarks. These colorful advertisements were designed to catch the eye of Hollywood producers and deal-makers as they drove to work in Hollywood from their homes in Beverly Hills. Now, many of these billboards serve primarily to puff up egos of the stars they promote - which is why the industry refers to them as "Vanity Boards."
Occasionally, these billboards are clever: the one for Disney's "Aladdin," for instance, featured a magic lamp that actually emitted smoke. Another, advertising a luxury car company, actually put $30,000 in cash on their billboard (watched over by a security guard).
So let's take a look at what there is to see on the
Strip, starting at the Strip's east end, and heading west:
Sunset Strip attractions:
addresses are on the south side of Sunset;
Near the east end of the Strip, you'll find one of L.A.'s premier comedy clubs: The Laugh Factory, at 8001 Sunset Boulevard (the northwest corner of Sunset & Laurel Avenue) (323) 656-1336
The property right across the street from the Laugh Factory (8000 Sunset Boulevard, at Laurel) has an interesting history. A short while ago, the center housed the flagship store for the Virgin Megastore chain, before it went out of business. During its heyday, it saw customers like Winona Ryder and Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affeck, Henry Winkler, and Sharon Lawrence ("NYPD Blue").
The center still houses Crunch Gym, with its own celebrity following, and a popular multiplex.
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