There are a number
of interesting murals around town immortalizing Hollywood stars and other
aspects of life in Tinseltown. Here are a few of them:
large mural on the west side of Hollywood
High School declares that the school is "Sheik Territory",
a team nickname which is a not-so-subtle reference to silent film superstar
(who starred in "The Sheik").
In fact, the mural depicts Valentino in full sheik headdress, robes blowing
in the wind as he looks out across the high school's track & athletic
the southeast corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue, is a wall-size
Tinseltown mural. This one is called "You Are The
Star", and was painted by Tom
Suriya. It isn't as life-like as the Legends mural was, but it offers a
colorful, witty look at an audience sitting in a movie theatre, as the
audience might be seen if viewed from the movie screen.
Getting there: Wilcox Avenue was named after the man who founded Hollywood. It's located four blocks west of Vine, and about six blocks east of Highland. The mural is on the east side of Wilcox, just south of Hollywood Blvd.
one street west of the "You Are the Star" mural,
"Legends of Hollywood"
was a large mural (by Eloy Torrez) which used to cover the entire western
side of a building at the southeast corner of Hollywood
Boulevard and Hudson Avenue.
Getting there: Hudson Avenue is a small street located off the south side of Hollywood Boulevard, about midway between Highland Avenue (on the west) and Vine Street (on the east). You'll also find "Hollywood Legends: The Autograph Store" here, at 6621-A Hollywood Boulevard, selling custom-framed autographs of the stars.
"DOLORES DEL RIO" MURAL
On the other side of Hollywood Blvd., near the northeast corner of Hollywood & Hudson, is a large mural dedicated to the career of actress Dolores Del Rio, painted in 1990 by Alfredo de Batuc.
Born Dolores Martínez Asúnsolo y López Negrete in 1905, Dolores Del Rio was one of Hollywood's first Latina stars. After starring in over 30 movies in the 1920's and 30's, she launched a second career in the 40's when she returned to her native Mexico and became one of that country's biggest superstars. (She is also one of the four actresses to be immortalized on the Walk of Fame gazebo, at Hollywood & La Brea.)
The mural, on the east wall
of the building, facing Hudson Ave., includes scenes from several of her
films, as well as the titles of her many hit movies.
THE "SPIRITS OF THE WEST" MURAL
find this 125' mural (by Guy Deel) at the Gene
Autry Museum of Western Heritage. It takes up three walls of the lower
level of the museum, telling the story of the West, from its prehistoric
past to the cowboys of the Silver Screen. The mural includes the likenesses
of many TV and movie cowboys, including Roy Rogers,
the Lone Ranger,
William S. Hart,
and of course, Gene Autry.
Also, there are other interesting murals at Planet Hollywood, Country Star, Dudley Do-Right's Emporium, United Artist Theatre, Canter's, Aunt Kizzy's, Santa Monica's Main Street & the Universal CityWalk.
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