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Movieland Wax Museum, with over 300 wax figures in 150 sets, was the largest wax museum in the United Statesmarker. Located in Buena Parkmarker, Californiamarker, it was one of the most popular wax museums in United States for decades. Allen Parkinson founded the museum on May 4, 1962, but sold it to the Six Flags Corporation in 1970. It closed in March 2006.

In 1975, Six Flags Corporation opened the Orlandomarker location called "Stars Hall of Fame," a Movieland Wax Museum clone, near the intersection of the Bee-Line Expressway and I-4, close to Sea World and just North of Walt Disney World. In 1984 after a drop in attendance, the museum was closed and sold to publisher, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Having no interest in the museum but an interest in the land alone, Harcourt sold off the exhibits to the American Musical Academy of Arts Association and turned the property into a showroom for the company's educational materials.

On April 1, 1985, the Six Flags Corporation sold the Californiamarker based Movieland Wax Museum to Fong & Paul Associates, the owners of the world famous Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharfmarker. However, on October 31, 2005, after forty-three years in business and 10 million visitors, Movieland closed.

Several actors and actresses attended the unveilings of their wax likenesses, and even went so far as to donate costumes to be worn by their likenesses, accompanied with sets replicated from well-known movie scenes. Movie themes and sound effects also added to the authenticity of the museum. A clapboard on each set included the name of the wax figures and facts about the movie, props, costume, and the person whom the wax figure was modeled on.

Many of the wax figures and sets from the Movieland Wax Museum were auctioned off in March 2006. [409247]

The former Starlite Gift Shop in front of the museum is now a Starbucks Coffee.

The Starprint Gallery, with handprints and footprints of celebrities in cement, dating from the early 1980's, still exist on the front part of the property.

The tall tower sign, pictured on the right, is the tallest sign in Orange County, California. It still exists on the property.

The Movieland Wax Museum property was purchased by the City of Buena Parkmarker in May 2007.

Figures Displayed



The Starprint Gallery



References

  1. Stars Hall of Fame



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