Hollywoodland signs stolen


Another mystery beneath the Hollywood sign


 Two historic monument plaques, as shown in a book, are missing from a stone gate in Beachwood Canyon. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)


First it was directional signs for tourists that vanished, and now 1923 bronze ‘Hollywoodland’ plaques marking the stone gateway to the community have disappeared. Theories abound.


By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times
April 27, 2011


Residents living on the narrow lanes beneath the Hollywood sign have quarreled for months over small directional signs pointing tourists to a place where the iconic Tinseltown symbol can be viewed and photographed.


The road signs benefited homeowners on the street that dead-ends at the locked fire road that leads to Mt. Lee and the Hollywood sign. Unfortunately, the signs funneled sightseers and tour buses onto other nearby streets. Then the signs mysteriously disappeared. Whether that’s a crime depends on which street you live on.


But now real thieves have stolen two signs that nearly everyone in the hillside neighborhood mourns losing: the historic 1923 “Hollywoodland” bronze plaques that marked the stone gateway to the community.


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6 Responses to “Hollywoodland signs stolen”

  1. Scatter says:

    Pathetic. Those wonderful historic markers are probably already melted down after netting the scumbags who stole them a cool $30 or so.

  2. This just sickens me.

  3. Mike Smith says:

    Well, there goes the neighborhood. This kind of activity did not taint the Village in decades past. I grew up in Hollywoodland but it just is not the same anymore.

  4. nom nom nom says:

    That’s bullshit …freaking tweekers they steal it for the metal then melt it down to sell for crack.

  5. Mary mallory says:

    I don’t believe they were stolen for scrap. There has been so much turmoil up there, and both sides have taken and hidden the signs that were leading tourists up towards the sign. This just made the papers Wednesday, though it happened around April 17-18. Photos were immediately sent to scrap places and they tried to file police reports, though they were told they were city property and the city had to file those.

  6. Mary mallory says:

    Another reason why I believe they weren’t taken for scrap: the city’s Cultural-Historical plaques were left, which could also be melted down for scrap, which tells me they were taken for historial or prank value.

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