Hollywood Forever

Anne-Marie Bokslag

Haarlem, Netherlands

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One of the corridors in the colombarium of Hollywood Forever Cemetary.

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California. It is adjacent to the north wall, or back, of Paramount Studios, who, with RKO Studios, bought 40 acres (160,000 m2) by 1920. The Beth Olam Cemetery, which can be found in the southwestern section of the cemetery, was set aside for members of Hollywood’s Jewish community.

The cemetery was founded in 1899 on 100 acres (0.40 km2) as Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery. By the latter part of the 20th century it had become run down. Allegations of financial mismanagement caused the state of California to forbid the sale of plots. On the verge of closure in a bankruptcy proceeding, Tyler Cassity of Forever Enterprises purchased the now 62-acre (250,000 m2) property in 1998 for $375,000. They renamed it “Hollywood Forever,” and restored and refurbished it.

The cemetery is still active. The longtime ban on the sale of plots was rescinded when the Forever Network restored the cemetery, and plenty of space for future graves remains.

During the summer, movies are screened at the cemetery. Hundreds of people come armed with beach chairs and picnics to view films projected onto the side of one of the buildings.

There is a documentary about Hollywood Forever Cemetery called The Young and the Dead. Among those interred or entombed in the cemetery are a number of important personalities, famous persons, including men and women from the entertainment industry, important people in the history of Los Angeles, and their relatives.

Canon EOS 40D
Canon Zoom lens EF-S 17-85mm 1:4-5.6 IS USM lens
Exposure time 1/160s
Aperture value f/4.0
ISO 400
Focal length 17 mm

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