Photos (clockwise from left): Vineland Drive-In Movie Theater; Wacko Soap Plant; Marilyn Monroe's Resting Place; Photographed by Molly Cranna
Vineland Drive-In Theater
Hollywood Forever has closed its cinematic gates for the season, and this is actually a grand alternative you may remember even when it's back in action! Seven days a week in the City of Industry (a hop, skip, and a jump from DTLA), you can have a throwback moment at this modern-flick-projecting drive-in. The shows start at dusk, and for nine bucks, you can always catch a double-feature. Right now you can take your pick between pairings like Hotel Transylvania and Pitch Perfect, or Argo and Trouble With The Curve.
Vineland Drive-In Movie Theater, 443 Vineland Avenue (between Austen Way and Moccasin Street); 626-961-9262.
Marilyn Monroe's Resting Place At Pierce Brothers Cemetery
We love Norma Jean, but we're not necessarily Marilyn fanatics, so super fans, forgive us for this one! We were positively shocked to learn that behind the corporate skyscrapers of the Wilshire Corridor lies a serene cemetery where the original Blonde Bombshell was laid to rest. Joe DiMaggio vowed to deliver roses to the site every day after she passed, and when he met the pearly gates, Hugh Hefner took on the financial responsibility for the poetic gesture (she was Playboy's first cover girl and his crush clearly never faded). Further proof of Hef's undying love? He also bought the plot right next to the lipstick-drenched crypt.
The Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, 1218 Glendon Avenue (between Wilshire Boulevard and Wellworth Avenue); 310-474-1579.
Wacko Soap Plant
Talk about a domino effect! This shop opened modestly enough in '71 in Los Feliz as a small family-owned biz that doled out soaps, leather, and pottery. When it moved to Melrose, it was whacked out as “a pop culture toy shop with punk-rock attitude” with an addition of the La Luz de Jesus Gallery (featuring really trippy art shows that you can hit the openings of every first Friday). Now, its current location on Hollywood houses two-million items from lava lamps to wacky knickknacks in 6,500-square feet. You might want to pack a Xanax for this one (or, if you go there, any mind-altering anything!).
Wacko Soap Plant, 4633 Hollywood Boulevard (at Rodney Drive); 323-663-0122.
Santa Monica Lawn Bowls Club, 2439 Wilshire Boulevard (near South Park View Street); 310-990-0168.
The Autry National Center of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way (near Zoo Drive); 323-667-2000.
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