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August 31, 2008 | Larry Harnisch, Times Staff Writer
In the decades since Rudolph Valentino's death in 1926, one of Hollywood's odder, more macabre rituals has unfolded every Aug. 23 at his crypt -- the mysterious appearance of a Lady in Black. Her face obscured by a black veil, her identity more or less unknown, a Lady in Black (or sometimes several of them) would silently place roses at the tomb of the silver screen's "Great Lover" on the anniversary of his death from natural causes at age 31. "So many mysterious women in black moved in and out of the mausoleum in Hollywood Cemetery yesterday that it took on the appearance of the salesgirls' entrance to a large department store," The Times reported in 1938.
July 29, 2010 | By Ramie Becker, Los Angeles Times
As we move into the hottest part of the summer, the nights are long and languorous, perfect for seeing a movie. Outside. Perhaps in a cemetery, with a picnic and a live DJ. This is one of the best reasons to live in film-crazy L.A., and Angelenos have a good selection of outdoor locations and programs to choose from. From Agoura Hills to Hollywood, we've got your guide to cinema under the stars. For 10 years, Cinespia's Saturday-night screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery have been the gold standard for outdoor cinema in L.A. Besides the never-gets-old novelty of picnicking next to some of Hollywood's most famous (and now dead)
August 12, 2011 | By Dima Alzayat, Los Angeles Times
By now, lots of Angelenos have spent a Saturday evening watching movies in Hollywood Forever Cemetery. For 10 years, from May through September, movie lovers with blankets, picnic baskets and wine bottles in hand have flocked to the Cinespia series to watch classic films among Tinsletown's resting celebrities. But if you've ever snuggled on the grass with a favorite snuggler and wondered what it would be like to spend the whole night there, this Saturday is your big chance. This weekend, Cinespia's Movies til Dawn invites guests to grab their sleeping bags and experience an all-night psychedelic-themed movie extravaganza.
June 11, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
After RSVPing for an upcoming Band of Outsiders-hosted dinner in honor of fashion journalist, canning wunderkind and Grand Central Market consultant Kevin West, The Times' fashion critic and I decamped to the 97-year-old downtown landmark -- where we promptly ran into West himself. The author of  "Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling and Preserving" (set to be published by Knopf on June 25) was tucking into a Cobb salad at the lunch counter of Valerie, a stall recently opened by the Valerie Confections folks and one of the market's newest tenants (opening for business just 11 days ago)
August 11, 2012 | By Lauren Williams
I was just months away from marrying my high school sweetheart and shipping off to the Peace Corps. I'd had a bright five-year plan that included teaching English in a faraway land. The idea of a new culture and new life filled me with the sense that all the pieces were falling into place. Except the pieces fell apart. My eight-year relationship with the man I thought I'd marry quickly soured, the dynamic changing after we moved in together. I was puzzled over how someone I thought I knew better than myself could seemingly change overnight.
June 21, 2013 | By Katherine Tulich
Though new blockbusters may grab all the headlines, summer movies reach new heights in the great outdoors. Why not enjoy the night sky, some fine food and tunes before relaxing with friends at the many outdoor cinema locations that have burst onto the L.A. landscape in the last few years? From nostalgic drive-ins to parties under the stars with local food trucks to a premium, Oscar-curated series, classic films and cult favorites get a replay in a whole new way. Oscars Outdoors Launched last year, this weekend screening series at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's open-air theater on its Hollywood campus has been a sold-out success.
January 10, 2005 | Geoff Boucher
Thanks to Ronald Reagan, Los Angeles will have a grand new monument to punk rock. On Friday, the fans and famous friends of the late Johnny Ramone will gather at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to dedicate a bronze statue that depicts him clawing away at his Mosrite guitar. Who was it exactly who decided that a gritty New York rock outlaw is best memorialized atop a masonry pedestal beside a pond? That would be Ramone himself.
February 26, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
On Monday night at the Masonic Hall within the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, about 200 people witnessed the results of what electronic musician M.C. Schmidt described as “experiments in psychic research.” As one half of the Baltimore-based duo Matmos, Schmidt relayed that his studies indicated that, among other things, after being exposed to their methodology, “a lot of people see green triangles.” Indeed, Schmidt and bandmate Drew Daniel had...
July 20, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Everyone hated Los Angeles in the 1970s. If you didn't, you were ashamed to admit it. When my friend and I came home from college in Berkeley to do what we saw as cool, noirish things - drive by the house where the Manson family murdered somebody, or sneak into Houdini's deserted mansion - we kept it quiet so we wouldn't be labeled "plastic. " I was reminded of this when "Chinatown"screened at the Hollywood Forever cemetery this summer. Three hours before the film started, hundreds of college and post-college kids toting sleeping bags and wicker hampers crammed onto the roped-off lawn in front of the cemetery gate to see Roman Polanski's 1974 L.A. noir epic.
Hollywood Memorial Park, the final resting place of such legendary Hollywood denizens as Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil B. DeMille, Peter Lorre and Tyrone Power, fell into bankruptcy in the 1990s, losing its license in 1994. Families were disinterring their loved ones and moving them to operational cemeteries. Then in 1998, Tyler Cassity, a movie-star-handsome 31-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., bought the 62-acre property on Santa Monica Boulevard for $375,000.
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