Things to do in Hollywood as a Student

L.A. Film School Hollywood

A Unique College Experience Here in Los Angeles

Hollywood has hundreds of events for film industry fans to attend on any given day. Whether it’s a movie premiere at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome or a drive-in movie experience, Hollywood offers some of the best events in entertainment. A popular film event here in Hollywood happens at the historic Hollywood Forever Cemetery during the summer.

Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is full of history and uses its massive lawn for some of the city’s most anticipated events and celebrations. Angelenos know that summer has officially kicked off once Cinespia starts on the cemetery grounds. It’s one of the most popular summer activities in the city for movie-goers, and for good reason. Imagine watching a movie, outdoors, under the stars, with your friends and a picnic you brought from home. There’s a DJ who kicks off the evening with a dance party before the movie begins. There’s an elaborately themed photobooth, free of charge. You eat and connect with friends, then relax on your pillows and blankets and watch a movie under the stars. And one night a year, Cinespia and the Hollywood Cemetery host an all-night movie marathon showing three themed films throughout the evening. Truly, a really, really good time.

Cinespia also hosts outdoor concerts in the cemetery—everyone from Tame Impala to Garbage has played. There’s no assigned seating, no seats at all! Again, patrons bring their blankets and pillows and picnic and sit back and watch the show. It’s a unique and relaxed way to enjoy a concert—and economical, too!

Other Events at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The cemetery also has the historical indoor venue, The Masonic Lodge. Concerts shift to this indoor venue during the winter months, or for smaller shows. The intimate feel of this venue just adds to all the cemetery has to offer. And once the summer season has wrapped up, it’s time for the Dia De Los Muertos celebration, a day of honoring passed ancestors and lifting the veil between our two realms. What better place to celebrate our deceased loved ones than in one of Los Angeles’ oldest cemeteries? The day is full of music and dancing and food and of course—costumes. This Day of the Dead celebration is just another unique experience that Los Angeles offers.

Hollywood Walk of Fame Steps from Campus

Sir Lucian Grainge
Shawn Mendez and Lionel Richie were among the celebrities who supported Sir Lucian Grainge.

Of course, there’s also the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Located steps away from The L.A. Film School campus, this attraction is one of Los Angeles’ most recognizable and popular icons. Locals and tourists alike walk the streets of Hollywood in search of celebrity stars. With stars from motion picture, television, recording and radio and up to two dozen names added annually, the vastness of stars in the Walk of Fame is remarkable- there’s now over 2,600 of them to peruse. The first star to be laid was that of Stanley Kramer on March 28, 1960. It’s fun to see the celebrity stars ranging from classic icons like Marilyn Monroe to Steve Irwin to Snoop Dogg. In 2019, The L.A. Film School was lucky enough to join Sir Lucian Grange’s star ceremony outside of the Capitol Records building.

Ready for the L.A. Student Life?

As a student, you have a chance to participate in the exciting events and ceremonies happening all around town. Take a virtual tour of campus and when you visit Los Angeles, stroll the streets in search of stars.

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