By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: When is the best time to see the stars in Hollywood? We'd like to see some and were thinking perhaps the Academy Awards would be the best. What do you think?

A: So you want to do some stargazing? Well, anytime of the year is great for this sport, suggests one Hollywood insider I contacted.

Depending on your interest, be it movies or television, expect to see a long menu served up on whom you could anticipate on seeing. For starters, the movie studios traditionally offer daily tours of the premises. The only catch here is the chances of seeing your favorite star is quite low since you'll most likely be lurking through halls that aren't frequented by actors.

But, there are facilities like live tapings of sit-coms that may be of appeal. According to the Paramount Television Tapings Department, free tickets are available to such shows like "Frasier," "Becker," "Girlfriends," and others. General admission tickets to most shows are available five working days in advance of the taping date based on available seating.

For show times and reservations, call (323) 956-1777.

If you wish to walk through the oldest studio remaining in Hollywood that still offers guided tours, then Paramount Studios which started in 1913, is your best bet. See the place where the likes of Mae West, Rudolph Valentino, W.C. Fields and Mary Pickford adorned the screen.

Paramount Studios located at 5555 Melrose Avenue is near the Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery.

Of course, if it's the Academy Awards where the famed Oscar is awarded to Hollywood's best, then consider establishing a spot in the side grandstand that lines itself up to the famous Shrine Auditorium. Televised live since 1953, the Academy Awards is an exclusive event for all of the film industry's elite and members of the Motion Picture Studio & Academy.

But, don't despair. Fans await on the side lines in large numbers with camera in hand, ready to snap a shot of their favorite actor. The stars make their way up the red carpet, running the gauntlet of photographers, and stopping to give interviews to the horde of TV news crews and entertainment reporters, before entering the Shrine. It's a great opportunity to see your favorite superstars, since virtually everyone who is anyone in Hollywood comes to the Academy Awards show.

The Shrine Auditorium is located about five miles south of downtown Los Angeles, on Jefferson Blvd at Royal Street, across the street from the USC campus, and not far from Exposition Park. You can't miss it.


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