23rd July 2012: Los Angeles

Flight home was this evening so time for a last wander round LA, and first on the agenda was downtown
Fullerton station  Waiting for the train back to downtown LA Fullerton station  train was a wee bit delayed, so just hanging around :) Fullerton station Angels Flight  Funicular railway in the Bunker Hill district
Angels Flight  as featured during Gary and Walter's song in "The Muppets" film Angels Flight  as featured during Gary and Walter's song in "The Muppets" film Angels Flight  "...if I'm a muppet then I'm a very manly muppet" Angels Flight  Looking back towards Hill Street from California Plaza
California Plaza  One California Plaza California Plaza  Lunch area now but also used for free concerts California Plaza  th the stage and seating split by a moat! :) California Plaza
californiaplaza5  looking towards downtown LA Angels Flight  Views of one of the funicular cars Angels Flight  Top of the funicular, ready for our return journey Angels Flight  Ticket office at California Plaza - $1 return? Bargain!
Angels Flight  Heading away from California Plaza Angels Flight  Car all to myself? What luxury :) Angels Flight  The 2 cars in use are still the same ones (though refurbished) from the original 1901 Angels flight Angels Flight  With views of One and Two California Plaza
Angels Flight  Called "The Shortest Railway in the World" Downtown LA  AT&T Madison Complex, U.S. Bank Tower and Two California Plaza Million Dollar Theater  The Million Dollar was the first movie house built by Sid Grauman, in 1917, before the Chinese Theatre etc. Million Dollar Theater  Amazing architechture on the side of the theater
Million Dollar Theater  ... and a closer view of some ... Million Dollar Theater  ... and some more ... Million Dollar Theater  ... and some more Bradbury Building  as used in many, many films and television shows
Roxie Theatre  built in 1932, now converted to shops Broadway  views down LA's Broadway Palace Theater  Opened in 1911 and is the oldest remaining Orpheum theater in the US Los Angeles Theatre  Opened in 1931, the entire theater was constructed off-site, swung in and slotted between the existing buildings
Los Angeles Theatre  Interior of this theatre was used at the end of "The Muppets" when Kermit gave his speech on the stairs Loew's State Theatre  Opened in 1921 but as now a Spanish-language church Chinese Theatre  Getting ready for "The Watch" premiere tonight Chinese Theatre  All blocked off for the celebs
Chinese Theatre  Signing queue was on this side of the road, and already starting to form at about midday! Hollywood Boulevard  Looking down from the Hollywood and Highland Center Hollywood Sign  from the Hollywood and Highland Center Hollywood and Highland Center  Three-story courtyard inspired by the Babylon scene from the D.W. Griffith film "Intolerance" - the 2 pillars with elephant sculptures are to the same full scale as the film set!
Hollywood and Highland Center  Closer view of one of the elephant sculptures Hollywood and Highland Center  all year round Christmas shop Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Simon Cowell Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Carrie Underwood
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Lady Gaga Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Jennifer Aniston Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Zac Efron Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Uma Thurman as The Bride and director Quentin Tarantino in "Kill Bill Vol 1"
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Justin Timberlake Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Jamie Foxx Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Salma Hayek Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Robert Pattinson
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Ryan Seacrest Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Bette Davis Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Charlie Chaplin Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Marlene Dietrich
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Judy Garland Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Gloria Swanson Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Madame Tussauds Hollywood  James Dean
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart from "The African Queen" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Charlton Heston as Moses in "The Ten Commandments" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Marilyn Munroe Madame Tussauds Hollywood  James Stewart as George Bailey in "It's A Wonderful Life"
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Alfred Hitchcock Madame Tussauds Hollywood  George Burns and Bob Hope Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in "Cleopatra" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford as The Sundance Kid in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  nt Eastwood as The Man with No Name in "A Fistful of Dollars" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  John Wayne as Reuben J. Cogburn in "True Grit" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Colin Farrell
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Colin Farrell ... and me Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Pierce Brosnan as Thomas Crown in "The Thomas Crown Affair" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Robert DeNiro
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter from "Silence of the Lambs" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley from "Beverley Hills Cop" ... and me Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Tom Hanks as Forest Gump in "Forest Gump" ... and me :) Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Steve McQueen as Captain Virgil Hilts from "The Great Escape" ... and me :)
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock in "The Graduate" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle in "Dirty Dancing" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard and William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk from "Star Trek" ... and me :) Madame Tussauds Hollywood  No *I'm* the captain of the Enterprise!! ;)
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Madame Tussauds Hollywood Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Steven Spielberg ... and me :) Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Johnny Depp ... and me :)
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Cameron Diaz Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Martin Scorsese Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Robin Williams Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Elton John
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Tupac Shakur Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Madonna Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Michael Jackson Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Tiger Woods
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Lance Armstrong Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester ... and me Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Kobe Bryant
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Tony Hawk Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator in "Terminator" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Spiderman ... and me :) Madame Tussauds Hollywood  The Rock
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Hugh Jackman as Wolverine from "X-Men" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Sarah Michelle Gellar as "Buffy" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Sarah Michelle Gellar as "Buffy" ... and me Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Bruce Willis as John McClane from "Die Hard"
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Chris Hemsworth as Thor from "Thor" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Antonio Banderas as Zorro from "The Mask of Zorro" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Robert Downey Jr. as Anthony "Tony" Stark from "Iron Man" Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Nicole Kidman's waxwork mould
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Hugh Jackman's waxwork mould Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Beyoncé Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Madame Tussaud Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Mary Hart, anchor of Entertainment Tonight from 1982 to 2011
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Meryl Streep Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Denzel Washington Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Betty White Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Daniel Craig
Madame Tussauds Hollywood  Nicole Kidman Grammy Museum  opened in December 2008 to co-incide with the Grammy Awards' 50th anniversary Hotel Figueora  built in 1925 as a YWCA residence South Figueroa Street  looking towards the Staples Center