Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 2 June 2015

Go! No, Stop! It’s Hollywood and Vine

Vintage b&w photograph of Hollywood and Vine

Did They Even Have a

Private Los Angeles Tour Back Then?

We enjoy this opportunity to look at a THEN photograph when we take so many Now photographs with our guests sightseeing on a custom Los Angeles tour with us.  This corner, the very well known Hollywood and Vine intersection, is a stop we often make just down Hollywood Boulevard from the more popular block along the Walk of Fame where Grauman’s Chinese Theater catches everyone’s eye.  But this corner is not without its charm, history and stories.  There were streetcars back THEN rumbling up from downtown Los Angeles and then through Hollywood along Hollywood Boulevard.  To the left and not pictured is the Pantages Theater, likely at this time the place where the Academy Awards were staged.  Next door to the Pantages is the notorious Frolic Room.  Straight ahead down Vine Street on the left is the Brown Derby restaurant popular with Hollywood newsmakers.  Up the hill behind us will be the Capitol Records building in 1956.  The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce would not begin to place its Walk of Fame terrazo and bronze stars along these two streets until 1958.  The Rexall drugstore and the streetcars are gone but there is a whole lot more here today.  Hollywood has really changed over the years.

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