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Hollywood Props, Costumes, Cosmetics, Dreams ... at Three New Museums

Magazine article Sunset

Hollywood Props, Costumes, Cosmetics, Dreams ... at Three New Museums

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Hollywood props, costumes, cosmetics, dreams . . . at three new museums

The stuff of dreams has been Hollywood's major product for many years, and three new museums show how this glamorous entertainment factory delivers its goods. On a Thursday or Friday, when all three are open, you can combine them in a half-day outing with a picnic.

Start at the Hollywood Museum to see original props and costumes from Hollywood's classic films. Then take a three-block walk east, past Hollywood Boulevard attractions like C.C. Brown's ice cream parlor and Mann's Chinese Theatre, to the Max Factor Museum; innovative cosmetics shown here kept pace with rapidly changing film technology to keep film stars looking their best. For your last stop, you could drive to the Hollywood Bowl Museum, where you can picnic in the seats of the famous amphitheater or on a scenic overlook.

Hollywood Museum, 7051 Hollywood Boulevard. On display in the lofty exhibit space are hundreds of artifacts and costumes representing film history from silent flicks to space-age fantasies.

Original costumes (some by designers Omar Kiam and Edith Head) include Judy Garland's dress from The Wizard of Oz, Joan Crawford's dazzling crystalbead dress from The Bride Wore Red, and Sylvester Stallone's boxing shorts from Rocky. Famous photographs from the 1930s bring you within close-up distance of Carole Lombard's sensuous lips, Gary Cooper's sophisticated grin, and Bette Davis' uplifted gaze.

Macabre horror-film posters line the walls of a smaller gallery haunted by grotesque heads, clawed hands, and an open casket from Love At First Bite--a satirical version of the Dracula legend. You'll also see streamlined ray guns from 1950s science-fiction films and a spear gun used to battle the monster in The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

A third room houses a glittering Oscar and several painted backgrounds, including a dusky New York City rooftop from West Side Story.

Hours are 10 to 7 Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays, 10 to 10 Fridays and Saturdays. Admission costs $4.50 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2.50 for children. Metered parking and all-day lots are nearby.

Max Factor Museum, 1666 N. Highland Avenue. …

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