Gayle Anderson was live in Hollywood to see what's new at "The New and Improved Ripley's Believe It Or Not!".
The iconic "RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!" Hollywood Odditorium is open again after a temporary closure to give the show a major facelift. Visitors to Ripley's historic Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue attraction will be greeted by the iconic dinosaur on the roof, but inside they'll find hundreds of new unbelievable exhibits--many of them hands on and interactive, which promises fun and entertainment for the family!
Celebrities take center stage at this Odditorium, including Brad Pitt, Jack Nicholson, Frank Sinatra, Liz Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, but in ways that people may have never seen. Guests will find celebrity creations carved from phone books, pasted from junk mail, created from candy and even a life-sized Arnold Schwarzenegger "Terminator" statue covered in dozens of three-dimensional scenes from some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. Other unusual items include a 1975 FBI Wanted poster for Patty Hearst, 17th century dog armor, a purse made from soda cans and gallery after gallery of early, weird, rare and often bizarre Hollywood celebrity artifacts.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! was started by Robert Ripley (1890-1949), an American artist, reporter, explorer and collector. During his career, he visited 201 countries, travelling a total distance equal to 18 complete trips around the world. The stories he gathered, illustrated by Ripley himself, would later appear in his popular newspaper cartoon feature "Believe It or Not!". In 1929, after signing on as a syndicated cartoonist with King Features, part of the William Randolph Hearst newspaper empire, Ripley's salary rocketed from $10,000 to $100,000 a year, eventually becoming the first cartoonist to make a million dollars a year. At the height of his popularity, the Believe It or Not! feature was carried in more than 360 newspapers around the world, was translated into 17 different languages and had a daily readership of 80 million people! Today, the venerable cartoons are still enjoyed by millions of readers worldwide. During the 1930s and 40s, Ripley's stories of the odd and the unusual entered millions of living rooms across America via radio, where Ripley pioneered "on-location" broadcasts from the strangest locales and performed many "firsts" in the history of radio, including the first to broadcast around the world simultaneously using a corps of translators. In 1948, he created a television pilot of his show and in 1949 became one of the very first regularly scheduled weekly television series.
Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com), keepers of the venerable Ripley's Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 12 million annually at its 80-plus attractions in 11 countries. In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattinson Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.
"RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT" Hollywood is open 364 days a year, 10 a.m. to midnight. The Odditorium is only closed the day the Oscars are held across the street at the Kodak Theatre. This year's Oscars are on Sunday, February 26th. Admission is $14.99 for adults, $7.99 for children (5-12) and FREE for children (4 & under). Discounts are available for online purchases (https://tickets.ripleys.com/Hollywood/). For group tickets, please call (323) 466-6335 for reservations.
For more information:
Open 10 a.m. to Midnight
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Hollywood
6780 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
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