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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Secret 1: Beneath the Billboard[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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

Secret 7: Behind the Cinema Screen[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

See Also: Written/Pictorial Walkthrough by 3D Realms


Duke Nukem 3D-"Damn,I'm Good"-100%-E1L1-Hollywood Holocaust(All Secrets)

Easter eggs[edit | edit source]

  1. At one end of the street with Secret 1 is a billboard that reads "INNOCENT?". This is a reference to the OJ Simpson trial. On subsequent levels in the game, the trial is again referenced with footage of O.J. Simpson's car chase on Red Light District and with another billboard on Fahrenheit that reads "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 | edit source]

Fastest route[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Megaton Edition[edit | edit source]


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

20th Anniversary World Tour[edit | edit source]


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

Prototypes[edit | edit source]

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.

First draft of Hollywood Holocaust

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.

Developer commentary[edit | edit source]

In the 20th Anniversary Edition developer commentary, Blum says:

"There used to be a lot more stuff here. There used to be a bank across the street [from the cinema]. There used to be a bridge going across the corner by the 'Innocent?' sign that went to a garage that you started at. Well, all that was reduced because, if you stood in this corner [beside the cinema], we had to get 20 FPS, standing in the corner." 

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Screenshots[edit | edit source]

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