Photographer's Note

The ever-popular pyramid tomb is found the world over, this example at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It's the Lakeview Pyramid, a private family mausoleum that can accommodate seventeen caskets and twenty-four urns. Considering that less elaborate digs can run in the neighborhood of $25,000 for each individual crypt, purchasing this family affair could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I haven't been here since the '90s, when it had become terribly run-down, due to a lack of funding. It incurred significant damage during the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and was on the verge of bankruptcy, but it's enjoyed a revival after it was purchased by Tyo, LLC in 1998, which invested millions in restorations. They've certainly paid off: founded in 1899, it's still the only cemetery in Hollywood, and prices to be interred here these days ain’t cheap, so it’s once again become prime real estate. The Paramount lot is directly adjacent. True to form, film screenings are still held here, courtesy of Cinespia, which hosts outdoor events on the grassy Fairbanks lawn. Hope to attend one someday!

Classic film enthusiasts, take note: some of the most famous persons in Hollywood's illustrious history are interred here: Cecil B. DeMille, Fay Wray, Tyrone Power, Peter Lorre, Mel Blanc, Mickey Rooney (just recently, in 2014), Douglas Fairbanks and Jr., Rudolph Valentino, and, more recently, Judy Garland, who was reinterred here in the section named for her, Anton Yelchin, most notable for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek movie, who died in a tragic and rather mysterious accident at age 27, and musicians Chris Cornell of Soundgarden/Audioslave, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Johnny Ramone, whose ashes will eventually be interred in his statue, along with those of his wife.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 78 N: 999] (1813)
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