About Hollywood Forever

Hollywood Forever is a full service funeral home, crematory, cemetery and cultural event center in the heart of Hollywood, and a place unlike any other. One of the world’s most fascinating landmarks, Hollywood Forever is the final resting place of hundreds of Hollywood’s founders and stars, along with thousands of neighborhood residents, and individuals from throughout the globe.

Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory

An integral part of the surrounding community, Hollywood Forever is a special place to memorialize loved ones, and celebrate all traditions and lives. Families can select either traditional burial or direct cremation, with a memorial service and burial on our grounds. Our 62- acre cemetery provides ground spaces, cremation niches, and mausoleum crypts. The Beth Olam section of our cemetery offers traditional Jewish burial and is one of the oldest, active Jewish cemeteries in California.

Whether your tradition is Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, or simply a circle of friends, we will work with you to create a thoughtful and meaningful ceremony. Our staff members speak a range of languages, including: English, Spanish, Russian, Armenian and Thai.

Cultural Events

Hollywood Forever is one of LA’s most dynamic cultural centers, welcoming families and visitors to concerts, plays, comedy shows and films. Since 2000, we have teamed up with film organization Cinespia to feature “cemetery screenings” each summer. Thousands of people gather on the lawn, many with picnic baskets, to watch classic Hollywood films projected onto the side of a mausoleum. Our annual Dia de Los Muertos, a day-long festival featuring gorgeous altars, Aztec dancers, and a ritual procession, attracts over 40,000 attendees.

History

Founded in 1899, the cemetery was an integral part of the growth of early Hollywood. Paramount Studios was built on the back half of the original Hollywood Cemetery site, where the studio is still in operation today. The cemetery of choice for most of the founders of Hollywood’s great studios, as well as writers, directors, and performers, Hollywood Forever Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Sites in 1999. The current cemetery chapel, extensively restored in 2009, is one of the oldest buildings in Hollywood.

Walkable Museum

Today, visitors come to Hollywood Forever from all over the world to pay respects to Judy Garland, Johnny Ramone, Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and hundreds of Hollywood’s other greatest stars. They can pick up a free map at the entrance to the cemetery and walk leisurely about the grounds. Hollywood Forever is frequently chosen as the site for funerals and burials for film and television series..
To learn more about our funeral home, cemetery, crematory and cultural events, please contact us. We invite you to visit us and take a guided tour.