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Los Angeles — By Joannaline C. Young on April 27, 2010 at 7:48 pm
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The Hollywood Sign is Here to Stay

Thanks to the efforts of those big and small, the famous Hollywood sign is now a permanent landmark.

The land trust needed to raise $12.5 million by this Friday, as part of a deal with a group of Chicago investors who purchased the Cahuenga Peak ridge from the estate of Howard Hughes in 2002, to avoid the potential sale of the area around the sign.  The masses created public protests in the form of Facebook pages, rallies, and fundraising concerts, while some celebrities took out their checkbooks to help save the picture perfect view around one of Los Angeles’ defining landmarks.

After much uncertainty, it has been confirmed that the Hollywood Sign has received full funding to preserve its surrounding land. On April 26, 2010, a press conference announced that the $12.5 million goal had been reached thanks to its final benefactor, Playboy magazine’s Hugh Hefner.  He not only wrote the check for the remaining $900,000 because the sign was “Hollywood’s Eiffel Tower”, but also because of its influence on people to succeed.  Other than Hefner, donors included film director Steven Spielberg, actor Tom Hanks, J. Paul Getty heir Aileen Getty, all 50 states, and 10 foreign countries.

How to Get There

The easiest way to get to the Hollywood sign is through residential streets. Drive up the windy hill on Beachwood Drive and you can view the sign most of the way.

Location: Beachwood Canyon, Frankin Avenue & N Beachwood Drive, Los Angeles

Five Popular Spots for Photographing the Hollywood Sign

There are endless ways to view the Hollywood sign, but here are some of the most popular spots:

  1. Lake Hollywood3202 Canyon Lake Dr, Los Angeles
  2. Griffith Park Observatory2800 East Observatory Avenue, Los Angeles
  3. Hollywood and Highland6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
  4. Beverly Center8500 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles
  5. Hollywood Bowl2301 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles

If you are a local Angeleno or even just visiting, celebrate the recent historical news by taking pictures with the famous Hollywood sign that’s here to stay!

Photo courtesy of sxc.hu

Related places:
  1. A
    N Beachwood Dr
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  2. B
    3202 Canyon Lake Dr
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  3. C
    Griffith Observatory Store
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  4. D
    Hollywood and Highland
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  5. E
    Beverly Center, Los Angeles, CA
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  6. F
    Hollywood Bowl
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