Hollywood and Vine – Famous L.A. Corner
Even the Streets Are Celebrities as Our Private Tour Learns
“Hollywood and Vine” still carries some cultural weight when you say it despite the fact that the intersection is not quite what is was way back when in Hollywood’s Golden Age this was the center of moviedom. Prior to 1910 when Los Angeles annexed Hollywood this would have been called the corner of Prospect and Weyse, two dirt trails through fruit orchards. Soon after that things changed including the street names. At one time the Brown Derby restaurant was nearby and major Hollywood studios were in walking distance. There is still a lot happening at this famed landmark and the city not too long ago commemorated it by erecting tall obelisks topped with moving spotlights. The corner is also notable for it’s Walk of Fame stars dedicated to NASA flight crews. More contemporary restaurants are now located here, shops and a Trader Joe’s, upscale apartments and a boutique hotel (The Redbury) catty-corner from the W Hollywood Hotel. Still here, thank goodness for some historical continuity, is the Frolic Room (a seedy dive bar that has Hollywood greatness written all over it) and the Pantages Theater, once home of the Oscars ceremony which is now hosted ten blocks away at the Dolby Theatre. The crossing of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street is also important because the Walk of Fame also intersects here as it occupies the sidewalks on Vine Street up to the Capitol Records building. This is a spot definitely worth exploring on a private Los Angeles tour and do we ever have stories to tell about this location.