If you're one of those people who follow all the celebrity gossip and plan your LA trip around potential celebrity sightings, here are some ways to immerse yourself in the star experience in Los Angeles.
Walk of Fame and Forecourt of the Stars
When celebrities receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the ceremonies are open to the public. However, the ceremonies are only scheduled sporadically, so you have to be on the ball to be in town when there's one scheduled. Follow @wofstargirl on Twitter for the latest updates, or check the Walk of Fame Website
Attend an Imprint Ceremony
Imprint ceremonies at the Chinese Theatre happen even less frequently than star ceremonies, but if you manage to be in town during one of them, they are also open to the public. Check the schedule for upcoming imprint ceremonies.
Line the Red Carpet for a Movie Premiere
The Chinese Theatre is not the only Hollywood movie palace to host movie premieres, but they do seem to have the lion's share, and they list them in advance on their website. Fans are allowed to line up to watch the stars walk the red carpet outside the theater. The Egyptian Theatre and El Capitan also sometimes host premieres.
Movie Stars Homes Bus/Van Tour
The next step in most star-stalkers' itinerary is the ubiquitous movie stars homes tour, offered by a variety of tour companies. Make sure you choose a tour with a smaller tour bus since the large coaches aren't allowed to go into some of the neighborhoods.
Helicopter Tour of Movie Stars Homes
Even better than the driving tour of movie stars homes is a helicopter tour that lets you see over all those high walls and hedges.
Attend a TV Taping
The chances of actually spotting a celebrity on a Movie Stars homes Tour is pretty remote, but at a TV Show Taping, it's virtually guaranteed. So if seeing stars is really your goal, make this a priority.
TV and Movie Studio Tours in Los Angeles
There's not a huge chance of seeing celebrities on a studio tour, but you do get to walk where they walk and see where they work every day, whether it's passing by Wisteria Lane on the Universal Studios Tram Tour, or getting to walk into a living room set at Warner Bros.
Look for Stars on Stage
TV show tapings are not the only places you can watch your favorite actors at work in Los Angeles. Between movies and during TV hiatus, you'll also find some of your favorite celebrities performing live on stage in theatrical productions. You'll find familiar faces in the 99-seat theaters as well as on the major stages. Some to check out include productions at the Los Angeles Music Center and The Geffen Playhouse, but they could show up on any LA or Orange County stage. You can also see big-name stars performing live radio theatre at LA Theatre Works.
You can get a close look at the costumes worn by innumerable movie and TV stars as well as the props and set pieces from the 100-year history of movies at the Hollywood Museum.
Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills
Paley Center for Media has all kinds of TV footage that you can check out as well as memorabilia from TV shows, but the best opportunity for star gazing is during PaleyFest when TV stars from your favorite shows take the stage in panel discussions in front of a live audience.
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The GRAMMY Museum and the GRAMMY Walk of Fame
For music fans, the GRAMMY Museum at LA Live is an interesting destination with costumes and artifacts of GRAMMY-winning performers. You can also visit the GRAMMY Walk of Fame that transverses the entire block of L.A. Live, commemorating the winners of the top for GRAMMY categories since 1959. They have frequent live programs which bring iconic and lesser-known musicians to their onsite theater.
Attend an Awards Show
To sit in the bleachers at the Oscars, you need to register for a lottery six months in advance, but there are plenty of other awards ceremonies in Los Angeles that are open to the public.
Celebrity actors and directors often come out to support their films in local film festivals and LA has dozens of them. In addition to opening night, look for them at Q&A sessions after their films or as speakers on panels.
Attend a Celebrity Fundraiser
Many celebrities who live in the Los Angeles area are also active with charities they support. You'll find them at gala dinners, walkathons, poker tournaments, green festivals and other events. Check listings when you know your travel plans.
Celebrities write books and come out to promote them at local bookstores, book fairs. The annual LA Times Festival of Books and the West Hollywood Book Fair are great places to see celebrities listen to them talk about their books and get autographs. On a regular basis, you'll find big-name celebrities promoting their books at local bookshops like Barnes & Noble at The Grove.
Celebrity Owned Restaurants
There are almost as many celebrity-owned restaurants in Hollywood as celebrities. Most of them are only part owners and don't spend a lot of time at their restaurants, but do put in an appearance every now and again. You don't have to spend a fortune to eat at a celebrity-owned restaurant. Some of them are actually quite reasonable.
Best Nightclubs for Star Sightings
The hot nightclubs for A-list and B-list celebrities change so fast that it's impossible to keep up, but here are some staples that have maintained their popularity, even if star density waxes and wanes.
Shop Where Celebrities Shop
This is certainly not a sure thing, but there are certain shopping areas known for having a higher than average occurrence of celebrity sightings.
The Hollywood Autograph Collectors Show
The Hollywood Autograph Collectors Show, AKA the Hollywood Show, takes place four times a year in Burbank, CA. Shows are usually held in February, April, July and October. The event gives fans a chance to get autographs signed and have their photo taken with a variety of celebrities. Each event has a different line-up of celebrities and features cast reunions from different classic TV shows, movies or music groups.
Check hollywoodshow.com for the next show date and details.