Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Welcome to Hollywood, Madame Tussaud!

I was pleased to attend the ribbon-cutting for the new Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood, a brand new 44,000 square-foot museum located next to Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

The new museum of wax figures will offer visitors cutting edge entertainment and tourism in the entertainment capital of the world. Jim Carrey, Kobe Bryant, and Meryl Streep are among the celebrities from film, television, and sports who are represented in this collection of amazingly life-like wax figures. Honorary Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant, who passed away last year, is also immortalized in wax (Mr. Grant's wax figure pictured above with me).

The new museum will also give a welcome boost to the local economy -- more than 1,000 people were hired to build the facility and the museum will employ more than 160 people when it opens. In addition, it will generate an estimated $100 million in revenue for the regional economy in its first year.

Come to the grand opening on August 1!