Travel Postcard: 48 Hours at the Oscars

Fri Feb 20, 2009 5:36pm EST
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By Cristy Lytal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's always been known as a fast town, so with only 48 hours to spend and a desire to see the stars, a weekend getaway to the Oscars seems like a good, quick holiday.


Friday, 6 p.m. - After procuring the single most important piece of equipment you'll need -- a rental car -- check into the Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Boulevard, 800/950-7667,, directly across the street from the Kodak Theater where the Oscars are held.

A block away is the Magic Castle Hotel (7025 Franklin Avenue; 800/741-4915, that offers access to its magicians' clubhouse and the Renaissance Hotel (1755 N. Highland Boulevard, 800/769-4774,, adjacent to the Kodak.

6:15 p.m. - Stroll to Musso & Frank Grill (6667 Hollywood Boulevard, 323/467-7788, for pitch perfect martinis and classic eats where everyone from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Orson Wells has dined.

7:30 p.m. - Catch the "Mad as Hell Best Actors Double Feature" of "Network" and "Wall Street" at the Egyptian Theater (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, 323/466-3456,, the movie palace where showman Sid Grauman staged the first Hollywood premiere in 1922.

11:30 p.m. - It's never too late for sightseeing in Hollywood. Check out El Capitan Theater (6838 Hollywood Boulevard, 818/845-3110,, Grauman's Chinese Theater (6925 Hollywood Boulevard,, and the Walk of Fame.

Midnight - Grab a drink at Formosa Cafe (7156 Santa Monica Blvd., 323/850-9050,, a converted trolley that has drawn the famous from Brando to Bogie since 1925.   Continued...

<p>Tourist Simon Boulet (L) takes a photo of himself and his girlfriend Estelle Lanoe in front of the Hollywood sign on Mount Lee while visiting Los Angeles from Paris, France as preparations continue for the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 18, 2009. EUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>