Griffith Observatory is a Must-See Destination
October 10, 2015 4 Comments
Griffith Observatory is a must-see destination when visiting Los Angeles, California. This historic building has beautiful art deco architecture, fabulous scientific displays, and views overlooking the entire Los Angeles basin and iconic Hollywood sign. The views at sunset and evening are said to be particularly lovely. Many famous movies and television shows were filmed at this location including Transformers, Terminator, and Rebel Without a Cause.
The Observatory first opened in 1935, and general admission has always been free. It was closed in 2002 for renovation, and reopened in November 2006 with expanded space and new exhibits. Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock of Star Trek fame) and his wife Susan donated $1 million to the Observatory for renovation and science education for children. The Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater is named in their honor. More info about Griffith Observatory is at: http://www.griffithobservatory.org/ The TV show “Dancing with the Stars” performed an opening dance routine at Griffith Observatory in September 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1_ucY0RjzI&app=desktop
More info about the Hollywood sign and seasonal viewing shuttles from Griffith Park is at: http://hollywoodsign.org/ The Hollywood sign was originally an advertisement for a housing development and said “Hollywoodland”. Each letter is 45 feet tall. A really fun TV show on the history of the sign is by Huell Howser of California’s Gold. The show includes interviews with workmen who built the sign and pranks played over the years. You can watch it at: https://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/2007/08/12/the-hollywood-sign-huell-howser/