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Hollywood props, costumes, cosmetics, dreams ... at three new museums.

Hollywood props, costumes, cosmetics, dreams . . . at three new museums

The stuff of dreams has been Hollywood's major product for many years, and three new museums show how this glamorous entertainment factory delivers its goods. On a Thursday or Friday, when all three are open, you can combine them in a half-day outing with a picnic.

Start at the Hollywood Museum to see original props and costumes from Hollywood's classic films. Then take a three-block walk east, past Hollywood Boulevard attractions like C.C. Brown's ice cream parlor and Mann's Chinese Theatre, to the Max Factor Museum; innovative cosmetics shown here kept pace with rapidly changing film technology to keep film stars looking their best. For your last stop, you could drive to the Hollywood Bowl Museum, where you can picnic in the seats of the famous amphitheater or on a scenic overlook.

Hollywood Museum, 7051 Hollywood Boulevard. On display in the lofty exhibit space are hundreds of artifacts and costumes representing film history from silent flicks to space-age fantasies.

Original costumes (some by designers Omar Kiam and Edith Head) include Judy Garland's dress from The Wizard of Oz, Joan Crawford's dazzling crystalbead dress from The Bride Wore Red, and Sylvester Stallone's boxing shorts from Rocky. Famous photographs from the 1930s bring you within close-up distance of Carole Lombard's sensuous lips, Gary Cooper's sophisticated grin, and Bette Davis' uplifted gaze.

Macabre horror-film posters line the walls of a smaller gallery haunted by grotesque heads, clawed hands, and an open casket from Love At First Bite--a satirical version of the Dracula legend. You'll also see streamlined ray guns from 1950s science-fiction films and a spear gun used to battle the monster in The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

A third room houses a glittering Oscar and several painted backgrounds, including a dusky New York City rooftop from West Side Story.

Hours are 10 to 7 Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays, 10 to 10 Fridays and Saturdays. Admission costs $4.50 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2.50 for children. Metered parking and all-day lots are nearby.

Max Factor Museum, 1666 N. Highland Avenue. In Czarist Russia, Max Factor was a make-up man for the Royal Ballet; in Hollywood, he created the first cosmetics specifically designed for the film used in motion pictures and, later, television. His elegant 1935 salon is now a museum, its walls lined with photographs of his clients.

On display are Max Factor "firsts': an early pair of false eyelashes (invented 1910), "sanitary' tube grease paint (1922), and television's "pancake' makeup (1932), as well as wig blocks for Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart, Gene Kelly, and other stars. Hundreds of his clients' signatures cover a scroll dating to the salon's opening celebration in 1935.

The museum (free) is open 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. There's a parking lot.

Hollywood Bowl Museum, 2301 N. Highland Avenue. In 1920, the Hollywood Bowl was a grassy slope called Daisy Dell, overlooking an acoustically perfect canyon. Today, it's a 17,000-seat musical mecca--summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The museum is open (free) all year; off-season hours are 10 to 5 Wednesdays through Sundays. Bowl grounds are also open for picnicking.

The museum illuminates the bowl's colorful 62-year history with photographs from Hollywood's early days, architectural models, costume re-creations, and a 21-minute video. In a listening room equipped with headphones, you can hear famous Bowl concerts, including pianist Artur Rubinstein playing Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky. A small gift shop offers books, post cards, posters, and records. There's free parking.

In spring, the museum will offer a guided "behind-the-scenes' tour, plus lectures and educational programs related to music. Call (213) 850-2059 for details.

Photo: Two tough guys mirror poses as visitor checks out teen star Matt Dillon's costume from The Outsiders

Photo: Pop-eyed space creature was used in the filming of Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Photo: Pancake make-up (left), invented for TV by Max Factor and here shown on young Lucille Ball, is on display at his art deco salon (above)

Photo: Acoustic shell designed for Hollywood Bowl in 1927 by Lloyd Wright is replicated as museum model today
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