The Financial Times did an excellent report on the tourism issues surrounding the Hollywood Sign. Click here to read the article.
A year since it’s approval, the DASH bus line to the Griffith Observatory has been a huge success! According to this Los Feliz Ledger article, ridership has increased 50%:
“The extended hours and weekday service was instituted March 21st and since then, 143,715 passengers have boarded the Observatory DASH route. During the same period last year, there were 26,886 passengers,” said Oliver Hou, with LADOT.
To see how you can take public transportation into Griffith Park and enjoy a Hollywood Sign hike or viewpoint, click here.
A note from Chris Baumgart, Chairman of the Hollywood Sign Trust, on the passing of long time Hollywood Sign Trust supporter and Hollywood icon, Hugh Hefner, who died September 27, 2017 at the age of 91:
“All of us who love the Hollywood Sign–and those who admire it from afar–say, “Hats off to Hugh” for keeping the dream alive on Mt.Lee. In 1978, when the Sign had deteriorated beyond repair, Hugh Hefner said, “Let’s do this right,” and hosted a fundraiser at his famous home. His celebrity guests contributed the funds to build the lasting set of nine letters we see today, and he provided the lead gift to rebuild the “Y” in the Sign. Thirty two years later, when the postcard image of Mt.Lee and the Hollywood Sign was threatened by potential development, Mr. Hefner came forward again and capped the fundraising effort to purchase the land with his closing gift of $1 million. The Hollywood Sign Trust has lost a best friend who has championed the Hollywood Sign for nearly 40 years. We send our sympathy to Hugh Hefner’s family, friends and colleagues.”
Chairman, The Hollywood Sign Trust
Griffith Park celebrated the partial solar eclipse in style. The observatory offered glasses, lectures and more for the big universal event, which swept our nation. Reminding us that while Hollywood is full of stars, some of the best ones out there are up in the sky.
Every year in July, we get a slew of requests from reporters wanting to cover the Sign’s birthday. In truth, we have no idea the specific day the Hollywood Sign was unveiled (remember it was a billboard back in the day so not very newsworthy), although through extensive research, we do know it was erected in 1923. So wish it a happy anniversary not a happy birthday!
DANGER SIGNAL (1945)
Starring Zachary Scott
The Hollywood Sign appears in the 1945 Warner Bros. film DANGER SIGNAL starring Zachary Scott near the beginning, as he takes the bus from a town to California. The camera pans past the Hollywood Sign west as you see the Hollywood Tower, Argyle Apartments, etc., and then dissolves into a shot looking west on Hollywood Blvd from the Pantages all the way down to the bank building at Hollywood/Highland. This film is on DVD and just played on TCM’s Noir Alley.
(Contributed by Mary Mallory)
FAST AND FURIOUS (Universal, 1927)
Starring Reginald Denny
The current Fast and Furious films get their name from this film, as it’s also about a driver who ends up in a car race. The Sign appears in a scene where he’s actually inside a building at Hollywood and Cahuenga looking north, and part of the Sign can be glimpsed on the hill between a Ford Sign and a building.
(contributed by Mary Mallory)
LIFE IN HOLLYWOOD (1927)
Episode #1 – a travelogue short series about life in Hollywood. This one tours through Hollywood in 1927 that shows all of the studios, and around the area as well. Near the opening, the shot pans west showing the Sign and heading towards Cahuenga Pass, before a cut to tour the studios.