Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 2 May 2014

Hollywood – Land of Opportunity

The earliest version of the Hollywood Sign

Our Private Tour Guests Learn a Lot of Hollywood History on the Way to the Hollywood Sign

There is so much to tell our guests about the Hollywood Sign and its origin with the land development called Hollywoodland that we have to have historic photos such as this one aboard our custom luxury vans to show them when they want to know more.  We talk about the 1923 development area at the foot of Mt. Lee, up along Beachwood Canyon, and the bus and picnic parties that brought prospective home builders up above Hollywood to consider land purchases.  The sign, HOLLYWOODLAND, was just a giant billboard.  The present sign was more of a derelict reminder of those heady days early in Hollywood’s history long before it became the storied icon of movie glitz and glamor that it is today.  In fact, it took a grand party organized by Hugh Hefner at the Playboy mansion to fund the first major restoration of the famed sign.  That was in 1987.  The most recent renovation was just more than a year ago.

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