Something New

In Cemeteries on October 18, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Tyler Cassity has brought new life to a formerly neglected cemetery in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Cemetery and has restored it is Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery opened in 1899, but by the end of the 20th century, it had become rundown. Tyler Cassity’s company, Forever Enterprises bought the cemetery in 1998 and has made it a very active place.

During the summer, films are shown outdoors in the cemetery – which backs up to Paramount Studios. These are popular events. Though it is the resting place of many Hollywood luminaries (Douglas Fairbanks, Rudolph Valentino, and John Houston, amongst many), Tyler Cassity has injected a new purpose and services to the cemetery. They can webcast funeral services. They also proved Forever Life Stories, with a staff of biographers who help gather film clips, photos, documents and recordings of deceased family members which they store permanently in theaters at the cemetery for viewing at any time.

Hollywood Forever has a full-service funeral home in the cemetery, so all the death arrangements can be made in one location.

It’s gratifying to see new life brought to an important, but aged and neglected space. And a beautiful space that is for people. Hollywood Forever in plan is a traditional cemetery, but the new spirit behind it is quite modern and forward looking.

Cassity also owns Fernwood Forever Cemetery in Tennessee Valley in Marin…more on that repurposing of an abandoned cemetery soon…


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