By  on January 2, 2002

THE WALK OF FAME IS STILL HERE, AS ARE A FEW SEEDY SHOPS AND COLORFUL CHARACTERS, BUT THE CITY HAS FINALLY SUCCEEDED IN REVIVING THE BOULEVARD'S MOVIE-STAR GLAM. FOR THOSE IN THE KNOW, THERE'S A GOOD MEASURE OF HIP AND CHIC AMID THE NEON SIGNS AND CHAIN STORES.

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The American Cinemateque at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-466-FILM) A few doors down from the restored Disney's El Capitan Theatre, the restored Egyptian is home to the American Cinemateque, a group promoting and preserving our film heritage. Screenings are often accompanied by actor/director lectures. On tap during market week: a Stanley Kubrick tribute, Jan. 11-19. Cineasts should also schedule a stop at the Hollywood History Museum (1666 North Highland Avenue, 323-464-7776). Inside the Max Factor building, you'll find four floors of vintage costumes, props and memorabilia from films, television, stage and music. Afterward, grab a bite at Chasen's Hollywood Cafe, the new outpost of the now-closed Beverly Hills classic. Onstage spectacles more your style? The newly restored Pantages Theater (6233 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-468-1770) houses Disney's magnificent "Lion King." Book ahead; it's one of the hottest shows in town. Or cool off in the pool at the Roosevelt Hotel (7000 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-466-7000), one of the best sneak-in spots in town. The grand hotel, opened in 1927, played host to the first Academy Awards two years later. Today, it's been restored to its Spanish Colonial splendor.

For culture vultures, the multimedia art gallery L.A. Contemporary Exhibitions (6522 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-957-1777) showcases Kenny Scharf and photographer Daniel Marlos in the back. Would-be hecklers should head for Improv Olympic West (6366 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-962-7560). The sibling of Chicago's 20-year-old comedy club, which spawned the careers of Andy Dick, Tina Fay and Tim Meadows, among others, is doing brisk business since opening three months ago. Still further along on the cultural spectrum is the Frederick's of Hollywood Lingerie Museum (6608 Hollywood Boulevard, 323-466-8506). This lingerie legend has wisely preserved its history in a chock-full free museum in the back. See Marilyn Monroe's feathered negligee from "Let's Make Love" and Lana Turner's bustier from "The Merry Widow," along with Madonna's cone-shaped corset.

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