Posts Tagged ‘Madame Tussauds’

Hollywood: Then & Now… Franklin and Highland Avenues

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

HOLLYWOOD: THEN & NOW

Franklin and Highland Avenues

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The picture above was taken in the early 1900s and is looking south towards what is now the tourist area of Hollywood. The photo is labeled with what is now located on that spot. Below is a Google Earth snapshot of the same intersection today.

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The War of the Wax Museums

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

HOLLYWOOD ATTRACTIONS

A heated wax museum war takes shape in Hollywood

 

 

A wax figure of Angelina Jolie, right, at Madame Tussauds is posed next to a photograph of Jolie as she is seen at the Hollywood Wax Museum. The display is part of a marketing effort by Madame Tussauds. (Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times / December 16, 2011)

 

 

Madame Tussauds is trying to best its cheaper competitor, the Hollywood Wax Museum, with a new marketing blitz stressing the defects in its rival’s paraffin starlets, singers and comics.

 

By Hugo Martín
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2011

 

Dissing Angelina Jolie normally isn’t the best way to get ahead in this town.

 

But tough times call for tough tactics in the war of the Hollywood wax museums.

 

Madame Tussauds, which considers itself the ne plus ultra of wax artistry — with the $25 ticket price to match — is trying to best its cheaper competitor, the Hollywood Wax Museum, with a new marketing blitz stressing the defects in its rival’s paraffin starlets, singers and comics.

 

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Hollywood Wax Wars

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

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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