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Hollywood Celebrates Walk of Fame at 50

July 25, 2010 |  8:17 pm

Hollywood celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Walk of Fame on Sunday with performances, free movie screenings and tours of area studios and theaters.

Visitors could see a screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Hollywood Pacific Theatre, an exhibit of the history of the Walk of Fame and a collection of photographs of Bob Freeman, who documents the stars' ceremonies.

Walkoffame The Walk of Fame was conceived in the 1950s by business leaders in Hollywood as a way to beautify the historic core. The first star was set on March 28, 1960. Since then, the attraction has proved a perennial draw for tourists eager for a taste of Hollywood. An estimated 10 million people visit the 18-block stretch each year.

For more information about the celebrities honored, visit the Times' interactive database of more than 2,400 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

-- Anna Gorman

First photo: Visitors stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame during its 50th-anniversary celebration Sunday. Second photo: Louis Prima Jr. & the Witnesses perform during the festivities. Credit: Christina House / For the Times

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