Hollywood Walk of Fame to celebrate 50th Anniversary

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Musician Billy Corgan, left, speaks at the ceremony honoring Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush who were honored with the 2,412th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 25, 2010 in Hollywood, California. Hollywood celebrates the Walk of Fame's 50th Anniversary on July 25 with a day-long festival of open house tours.

HOLLYWOOD - The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce expects thousands of Tinseltown history buffs to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this month, as a day-long festival of open house tours offers a peek into iconic theaters and studios.

Live performances and movie screenings will also be offered at no charge, and four iconic production centers, rarely open to the public, will open their doors. The public will have a rare opportunity to see inside Studio A at the Capitol Records building on North Vine Street, which features a 30- foot-deep underground echo chamber and has been used by six generations of musical stars.

In addition, the TV Guide Studio, Egyptian Theater and the Montalban Theater will be open to help showcase the five categories of stars that make up the Hollywood Walk of Fame: motion pictures, television, recording, radio and live theater, said Hollywood Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Ana Martinez- Holler.

"Many restaurants, retailers and attractions also are joining the celebration offering discounts, special menu items and giveaways," said Martinez-Holler in a news statement. "Information stations will be located at the four locations with free programs outlining the schedule of events and participating businesses and attraction."

The event kicks off 11 a.m. Sunday, July 25 during a special Walk of Fame Ceremony for the late jazz trumpeter Louis Prima in front of the Montalban Theater, 1617 N. Vine St. Prima was an exuberant trumpeter who ran jazz bands in the 1920s, big bands in the 1940s, and had a Vegas act in the 1960s.

The idea of creating the Walk of Fame was first conceived by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce in 1953, officials said. It took seven years to get into production, which began with the start of construction on February 8, 1960.

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