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Hollywood Holocaust is the first level of Duke Nukem 3D. It is the first level of L.A. Meltdown, the first episode of the game.

Description Edit

After ejecting from his plummeting Skycar, Duke Nukem lands on the roof of a building and then drops down to the alien-infested street below.

Most of the level is centered around an adult cinema. This adult cinema contains a theater, concession stand, bathroom, projector room, and video arcade.

Secrets Edit

Secret 1: Beneath the Billboard Edit

From the the street, jump onto the crate, and then jump onto the sloped ledge along the building. From here, jump onto the ledge beneath the "Innocent?" billboard.

Secret 2: Rockets on the Apartment Table Edit

From the sloped ledge in Secret 1, jump into the building through the second or third window from the right. Obtaining the RPG ammo in this room is counted as the second secret.

Secret 3: Steroids Behind the Poster Edit

Inside Secret 2, use the "Biker Bimbos" movie poster at the far end of the room to reveal Steroids in a hidden compartment behind the poster.

Secret 4: Cash Register Edit

Behind the concession stand, use the cash register to open a hidden compartment near the top of the wall on the other side of the counter. Stand beneath the opened compartment and use the wall. A hidden elevator will lift you to the compartment, where you will find Armor.

Secret 5: Captive Babe Behind the Projector Room Edit

There are two ways to reach this secret:

  1. In the projector room, open the brick wall next to the fire extinguisher near the stairs to reveal a hidden room with a captive babe inside.
  2. From the bathroom, climb atop the toilet stalls and into the air vent in the wall. Follow the ventilation shaft until you reach a secret area with a captive babe in green slime.

Secret 6: Inside the Projector Room Edit

In the projector room, jump atop the projector to reveal a hidden compartment with an RPG inside.

Secret 7: Behind the Cinema Screen Edit

Using the switch inside the projector room, open the curtains of the cinema screen. Use the RPG to blast through the crack in the screen. This will reveal a hidden area behind the screen, containing a Jetpack and Shotgun ammo.

Secret 8: Apartment Above the Cinema Edit

Back on the main street, the second row of windows above the palm tree contains another hidden apartment. Either jump from the tree or use the Jetpack to reach it.

Other hidden compartments Edit

The following hidden compartments are not counted towards the "Secrets Found" on the level-end screen.

  • After entering the ventilation shaft above the toilets in the bathroom, you can find a crack in the wall on the inside-corner of the shaft. Blasting through the crack will reveal a Holoduke inside.
  • In the arcade, press the "use" button on the Duke Nukem II machine to reveal a Holoduke inside the wall on the right.
  • At the bottom of the elevator, jump atop the trash can. Press the "use" button, and a hidden compartment will open above you. Inside, you will find a Small Medkit, Night Vision Goggles, and Pipe Bombs.
  • While standing on the bridge to the exit button, activate the Jetpack and fly to the top of the building. At the top, you will encounter two Turrets, as well as a compartment containing Shotgun ammo and another Jetpack.

Easter eggs Edit

  1. At one end of the street (where Secret 1 is) is a billboard with "INNOCENT?" written on it. This is a reference to the infamous OJ Simpson trial. The trial is referred to again in E3M7: Fahrenheit. O.J. was found "Not Guilty".
  2. In the arcade, the pinball machine in the corner is titled "Balls of Steel". This reference precedes the development of Balls of Steel by Wildfire Studios.
  3. In the Arcade, there is a "Duke Nukem II" game machine. The image on the screen resembles the box art from Duke Nukem II. When you use this machine, Duke will comment that "I don't have time to play with myself", and a panel briefly opens in the wall next to the machine containing a Holoduke.
  4. In the bathroom, above the upper right part of the leftmost urinal, is written the phone number "867-5309". This is a reference to the Tommy Tutone hit "867-5309/Jenny".
  5. In the bathroom, at the bottom right of the wall in the right-hand toilet cubicle, is written the message "STRYKER METRONET.COM". This was Allen Blum's e-mail address for a while (but is now unused). There is no "@" symbol, though, but a space has been left for it.

Speedrunning Edit

Fastest route Edit

After dropping down the ventilation shaft at the start of the level, proceed straight ahead to the dumpster fire. When the Assault Trooper spawns and begins to fly out of the dumpster, jump onto its head and directly to the ledge over to the left. Proceed around the ledge to the exit button.

Intermediate route Edit

On "Come Get Some" difficulty, drop down into the street, and proceed to the alley behind the cinema. Jump onto the Pig Cop and then onto the ledge above you, directly across from the exit button.

Steroids route Edit

After dropping down to the main street, climb up to the secret apartment (Secret 2) with the Steroids behind the movie poster (Secret 3). Collect the Steroids and immediately use them. With a running start, jump from the window ledge beside the movie poster across to the ledge on the opposite side of the street. Proceed around the ledge to the exit button above the back alley.

See the Speedrunning page for more information.

Achievements Edit

Megaton Edition Edit

AlienBastardsAreGonnaPay
Alien Bastards Are Gonna Pay: Complete the level in under three minutes to unlock this achievement.

20th Anniversary World Tour Edit

AlienBastardsAreGonnaPayWT
Alien Maggots Are Gonna Pay: Finish the level in under three minutes to unlock this achievement.

Prototypes Edit

The following blueprints were designed by Allen Blum while planning his first draft of Hollywood Holocaust. Many of the features in the blueprints are visible in screenshots and demo footage from the November 1995 prototype but were eventually removed so as to increase the game's frame rate on computer hardware available at the time.

Beta Hollywood Holocaust

First draft of Hollywood Holocaust

During development, this map had a bank across the street from the theater, and a bridge going from the innocent sign to a garage where you would have started the level. This was removed to make sure that computers of the day would reach a minimum of 20fps while looking around.

Early beta footage of the game shows that the movie "Attack of the Bleached Blonde Biker Bimbos" was originally named "Debbie Does Duke", a reference to the 1978 porn film Debbie Does Dallas.

Trivia Edit

Screenshots Edit


Duke Nukem 3D
Episodes L.A. Meltdown | Lunar Apocalypse | Shrapnel City
Plutonium PAK: The Birth
Anniversary Edition: Alien World Order
Items Access Card | Holoduke | Jetpack | Night Vision Goggles | Portable Medkit
Protective Boots | Scuba Gear | Steroids
Health: Small Medkit | Large Medkit | Atomic Health | Armor
Scrapped: Space Suit | Shield
Weapons Mighty Foot | Pistol | Shotgun | Chaingun Cannon | RPG | Pipe Bomb | Shrinker
Microwave Expander | Devastator | Laser Tripbomb | Freezethrower | Incinerator
Scrapped: Flamethrower | Laser Chainsaw | Sonic Resonator | Tazer | Plasma Cannon
Enemies Common enemies: Assault Captain | Assault Commander | Enforcer | Assault Trooper | Battlelord Sentry | Octabrain | Pig Cop | Protozoid Slimer | Recon Patrol Vehicle | Sentry Drone | Shark | Turret
Plutonium PAK: Pig Cop Tank | Protector Drone
Anniversary Edition: Firefly Trooper | Cycloid Sentry | Overlord Sentry
Bosses: Battlelord | Overlord | Cycloid Emperor
Plutonium PAK: Alien Queen
Anniversary Edition: Cycloid Incinerator
Scrapped: Alien Queen Sentry | Bat | Captain | Drone | Drone 2 | Femanoid | Mandroid
Organic Turret | Scorpion Tank | Snake Head | Trooper | Turret
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Duke Xtreme | Duke!ZONE | Duke!ZONE 150 | Duke!ZONE II | Plutonium PAK | Duke Nukem's Penthouse Paradise | Unofficial expansion packs
Fan community User maps | Mods & Total Conversions | Speedruns
Source ports | High Resolution Pack
Other Difficulty | Hazards | Multiplayer | Cheat codes | Easter eggs
Quotes | Music | Duke Nukem
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