Hollywood Wax Wars


Is Hollywood big enough for two wax museums?


Wax war on Hollywood Boulevard


Some locals and observers worry that business will melt away for the aging Hollywood Wax Museum with the opening of a Madame Tussauds. But representatives of both play down any rivalry.


By Hugo Martin
Los Angeles Times
July 22, 2009


 A wax war is heating up on Hollywood Boulevard.


For 44 years, the Hollywood Wax Museum has been Tinseltown’s only wax attraction featuring celebrities, a monopoly that has kept it open through wars, recessions and riots.


But that all is changing with the opening of Madame Tussauds, Hollywood Boulevard’s newest multimillion-dollar attraction, next to the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.


The 40,000-square-foot building officially opens to the public Aug. 1, but visitors can get early admission starting today. Inside, they’ll see 115 wax figures, including representations of President Obama, Samuel L. Jackson and Marilyn Monroe.


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2 Responses to “Hollywood Wax Wars”

  1. Melissa says:

    If the Elton figures suddenly disappears, I know nothing about it.

  2. Lisa Cousins says:

    I visited the Hollywood Wax Museum last August (when the price was $16.95 per person, by the way), and checked out the new Tussaud’s on Wednesday (preview price, $15.00), and I will say that comparing the world-class Madam Tussaud’s with the Hollywood Wax Museum is like comparing Disneyland with the local carnival that rolls into your town for a week around the Fourth of July.

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