Archive for October, 2012
OK, this really is the final photo of a dead celebrity this Halloween season. But it is Halloween and the dead are foremost on our minds right now. Does anyone dress up as Barney Fife for Halloween? Don Knotts‘ grave at the Westwood Village Park Memorial Cemetery leaves no doubt as to who Don Knotts was. We expect to have some fun loving guests today on our private luxury tours of Los Angeles and expect to have some amazing photographs by tonight from our assorted journeys through West Hollywood and Hollywood. Not so much in Beverly Hills but then we have been surprised before. If sightseeing is a thing to do when you are visiting Los Angeles then let us make that happen for you in luxury and style.
Today at the California Science Center at Exposition and Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles the space shuttle Endeavour will be unveiled in its new permanent exhibit and open to the public. There will, of course, be a huge ceremony and tickets will be available at the California Science Center website.
In conjunction with the unveiling of the spacecraft the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is offering a “Museums L.A.” ticket package. Visitors to Los Angeles who book a 2-night stay at participating hotels will receive free admission for two (plus museum store discounts) to more than 30 museums in and around Los Angeles ($450+ value). For more information you can visit their website.
We captured some amazing photos last month on several ongoing private luxury tours when the Endeavour arrived here in Los Angeles atop its 747 and flew over and around the city in a spectacular aerial display. One of our tour guides was near the Hollywood Sign and another down in Marina del Rey with guests sightseeing with us and enjoying an unexpected treat on their trip. Not that Hollywood, Beverly Hills, celebrity homes and the beaches aren’t enough to impress visitors but that day was special. And from now on, among other things to do in Los Angeles, we can take our guests to the new home of the Endeavour at the California Science Center.
Still focusing on the funny instead of the creepy as we near Halloween, here is the headstone of Academy Award winning actor Jack Lemmon who apparently is still waiting for his next Hollywood role assignment. If you have been following this line of stories over the past couple of weeks you will have some idea of the concentration of celebrities we present to our private luxury tour guests here in Los Angeles when we take them to the Westwood Village Park Memorial Cemetery. We wonder why Beverly Hills does not have a cemetery…
One of the best ways to enjoy a private sightseeing tour of Los Angeles is to see it from the air — in a helicopter. And the most exciting part of a helicopter tour is the rooftop take-off and landing from a downtown skyscraper! We regularly make this arrangement for our private luxury tour guests who request it, like the Bastow family from Perth, Australia.
What makes this tour worth noting is that while returning to their hotel from the rooftop helipad in our vehicle their guide, Paul, just happened to mention that Los Angeles was home to one of the largest displays of actual intact Berlin Wall segments in the world. The Bastow’s tour was not our combination 60-minute helicopter charter plus a 3-hour ground tour but when they appeared interested in seeing the Berlin Wall exhibit we were happy to make a little detour to spend time at the wall and capture some photographs.
Usually we only see the costumed folks on Hollywood Boulevard along the Hollywood Walk of Fame but this being Halloween time we come across characters everywhere we go on our private luxury tours around Los Angeles. Here the Star Wars Wookie and his best friend prepare to defend the Hollywood Sign, not from workers refurbishing the sign for its 90th birthday, but rather from awkward tourist butts invading every photograph we try to take. If that light saber worked better we could use it to crop this photograph.
There are so many nice, sunny days in Los Angeles (more than 320 each year) that it is not unusual that we find ourselves on a private custom luxury tour of the beaches from Marina del Rey to Malibu. Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1 on your maps and familiarly known as “PCH”) we have favorite spots to stop and show our guests the coastline — from the waterline. We get some pictures, the kids can chase the waterbirds and we all breathe in the good ocean air. It is definitely a treat.
Of course the view from inside the van is excellent and comfortable, but still, nothing beats walking around and experiencing the sights in person.
We don’t have roadrunners in Hollywood (except at Warner Bros. — meep, meep!) but we do have plenty of coyotes, the animal kind, throughout Los Angeles. We see them regularly on our private luxury tours in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Malibu. This one above, looking quite sleek and healthy, is an unusual close encounter that just astounded our guests on their tour near the Hollywood Sign.
Hollywood is for movie lovers and everyone loves movies (ergo: Hollywood is for everyone). Not all movie lovers, though, really care how they see movies. For those who do then the Arclight Cinemas should be your only movie watching destination. Why?
- The best designed theaters for seeing a film as the filmmakers intended. Stadium seating with all seats offering grand unobstructed views of the screen with perfectly balanced sound and focused 3D (when available);
- Reserved seating with ticket purchase available in the lobby, online and by telephone app. You will never have to arrive early to get a good seat and your very comfortable seat will be waiting for you whenever you arrive;
- NO COMMERCIALS! Sure, you pay a little bit more but you don’t have to feel you are sitting in front of a giant television set. Movie music fills the auditorium before the show begins and there are only a few movie trailers before the film starts;
- The Arclight is a destination in itself with a full service restaurant and bar, a bookstore and gift shop, art and photography exhibits;
- Special screenings, often with Hollywood notables, are scheduled regularly. Coming up just before Halloween, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, at the El Segundo theater complex; and
- The Cinerama Dome, only at the Hollywood Arclight, is a chance to sit in a historic and unique theater to watch a film. One of the great theaters of its time, perfectly preserved and perfect for seeing a movie today.
As we tell our private luxury tour guests who often ask about movies and seeing one while visiting Los Angeles and Hollywood, the Arclight offers a film watching experience that is rare and truly designed for audiences who care about how they see a movie. These theaters are special, as are our guests, so we urge them to reserve seats for a current popular film just for the experience. If you love movies then the Arclight Cinemas are a membership to treasure.
In keeping with our “keep it light” look at headstones for Halloween, here lies Rodney Dangerfield, the comedian who “got no respect,” in the Westwood Village Park Memorial Cemetery. He does get a great deal of respect and adoration from our private luxury tour guests engaging us to show them the “Dark Side” of Los Angeles, a popular tour for us this time of year. We visit local cemeteries to see celebrity homes for the dead as well as see the Beverly Hills and Hollywood homes where they lived, where they died and many notorious murder locations and sites of scandal and infamy.
As All Hallows Eve gets closer we are not surprised to be getting many more requests for our “Dark Side” tour. Let us drive you in luxury and style through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Brentwood and around Los Angeles to see locations of ghastly and notorious murders and mayhem, scenes of celebrity deaths and scandals. Some are historic and others are very recent. Your Elite Adventure Tours guide will show you where the stars died and where they went after and capture photographs of you gawking and grimacing at the grisly details. Hear stories of Marilyn, Manson, Michael and Mineo; learn who talked to Houdini from beyond and see where the seances were held. The Lady in Black still arrives at Valentino’s grave every year, see where she stands. This is a celebrity homes tour Grandpa Munster would love!