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My Favorite Street: Sunset Boulevard

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Cinerama Dome Theater
Lynch’s favorite movie landmark of all time is Pacific Theatres’ Cinerama Dome. She loves the round room and the fact that you can make reservations and pick your own seats. In 1963, Cinerama opened with the classic It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Cinerama Dome Theater, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd.
Faye Dunaway and the Beverly Hills Hotel
In this famous 1977 photo, Faye Dunaway lounges near the Beverly Hills Hotel pool in the early morning hours after the Academy Awards.
Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
“Starting on Sunset Boulevard in the Silver Lake neighborhood is Sunset Junction. A frequent haunt includes Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, a large and airy space that reflects the spirit of the neighborhood with its casually hip, uncluttered décor,” Lynch says. Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, 3922 W. Sunset Blvd.
Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple
Just before reaching the ocean, check out the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple.
Cafe Stella
“For a sweet romantic dinner, I adore Cafe Stella, beautifully lit at night with indoor and outdoor dining,” Lynch says. 3932 W. Sunset Blvd.
Vista Theatre
Lynch says Vista Theatre, with its 1920s-era, faux Eqyptian design, plush seats and extra legroom, is a movie-goer’s dream. 4473 Sunset Blvd.
Sunset Boulevard

“Don’t miss the Crossroads of the World. Built in 1936 in the center of Hollywood, it was originally a swanky retail shopping center but today serves as a quiet office complex. Each building represents a different architectural style. Director Tim Burton once had offices here.”

“Heading west on Sunset, you pass Pacific Palisades, now the zip code of stars such as Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, but once the ranch and home of humorist Will Rogers,” Lynch says. “After his death, Rogers’ enormous parklike estate was donated to the State of California.”

“My favorite hotels are on Sunset, including Sunset Tower Hotel, where Howard Hughes lived. My favorite restaurant is the Tower Bar. My husband [screenwriter Mitch Glazer] and I are almost always seated at table 74,” says Lynch, who also loves Chateau Marmont and the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Actress Kelly Lynch (Drugstore Cowboy) has a lot on her plate, including three new feature films—Say Hello to Stan Talmadge, Kaboom and Passion Play—and a recurring role on the CW’s revamped Beverly Hills, 90210. But she also has an eclectic taste in architecture and a passion for historic preservation. Lynch loves the midcentury Mediterranean and Spanish residential architecture that makes Los Angeles unique. So it comes as no surprise that her favorite LA street is the iconic Sunset Boulevard, stretching from downtown skyscrapers to the Pacific Coast. Lynch describes the street as “LA’s yellow brick road.”

—By Anni Davis

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