My LA to Z: Paul Reubens

The creator of Pee-wee Herman reprises his classic character in the new film <em>Pee-wee’s Big Holiday</em>, premiering on Netflix March 18. Here are his big Los Angeles adventures

Griffith Park

rh1The thing that people don’t really know about me is that I’m super into nature, and one of the things I love about Los Angeles is that we have the largest city park in the world. We have the famous mountain lion that’s been on the cover of National Geographic. When you go to Central Park in New York it’s so dinky compared compared to Griffith Park. Travel Town is staggering—I almost faint when I hear anybody talk about it. Winter is the time to go to Griffith Observatory; they’ve got the statue of James Dean and you can see forever. There’s nothing I don’t like about Griffith Park.

Griffith Park Trail Cam

faison2You’re going to fall out of your chair when you see it. It’s amazing what they catch on there…bobcats, foxes. It’s one amazing photo after another.

Fern Dell

faison2Griffith Park is so gigantic and so well used. Fern Dell was once the premiere tourist destination in L.A. It’s fun to imagine Los Angeles when that was the be–all and end–all of everything.

Malibu Canyon Road

faison4You can see the ocean through these magnificent mountains. It’s super majestic and gorgeous. If you’re a little bit of a hick like me and you’re not that well traveled, it’s what I imagine it’s like in Europe where you go on those crazy rickety roads where, if you were to daydream for a second, you and your car would fall like a billion miles down. I mean, it’s really high up. It’s sort of terrifying and exhilarating at the same time, and I like that about it.


faison7The flagship store at Sunset and Vine is the place to decompress from nature. It is extremely special. They are open 24 hours, they have a greeter, they have flowers, and they have sushi displayed on this incredible artificial ice. It’s unbelievable and absolutely a destination. In the beauty department they have scented oil in the most insane scents like riding crop, bubble gum, and fresh baked bread. I’ve never bought one, and I don’t know what you would do with it. Maybe you can put it on a light bulb and have your whole house smell like a barn. I’ve never been there in the middle of the night, but it’s a goal of mine to set the alarm for 4 a.m. and see who’s shopping in there.

The Witch’s House of Beverly Hills

faison5Everybody I’ve ever showed that to is like, “Oh my God.” I’ve taken 100 people there in the last year. When I saw it was up for sale a few years ago, I went inside. I’m obsessed with it.

The Hollywood Museum

faison7I went there for years when it was the Max Factor museum. People had been talking for a hundred years about doing a movie museum in L.A. It has a spooky, scary basement, and they have some of Elvira’s stuff. I met the owner, Donelle Dadigan, and my bike was in storage, and I thought it would be so nice to have it out on display somewhere. If you’re a celebrity reading this and you have a storage unit with a bunch of crap in it, give her a call.

Olvera Street

faison7I’m all about Olvera Street. It’s one of the greatest things in our city, and we live in a city that’s practically like living in Mexico—in a good way. I pore over every single tchotchke, from the glass blower to the candle shop to the velvet paintings to leather work to those postcards with embroidered dresses and jackets. There’s not one thing I wouldn’t own there—or do already own in duplicate. It’s historical, it’s where our city started, and I almost melt down when I go there.

Philippe the Original

faison7If you belong to the circus club you’re having lunch there. I always look at their sign. There’s almost always someone who just got out of jail there. I’m a huge fan of Union Station, so visiting Union Station, Philippe’s, and Olvera Street is an incredible day.

Photographs courtesy (in order): (1) flickr/Darin Kim; (2) griffithparktrailcam; (3) yelp/Norm K.; (4) flickr/™ Pacheco; (5) Google Street View; (6) flickr/Alan Light All other photographs courtesy