Posts Tagged ‘Chinese Theater’

Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 13 December 2016

Harry Potter Was Here and There

Harry Potter fans visit Grauman's Chinese Theater

Our Private Tour‘s Harry Potter Fans Love Los Angeles

Harry Potter is alive and well and all around Los Angeles these days.  FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM is playing at both the Arclight Theater and the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood and at other neighborhood theaters.  But getting connected to past Harry Potter and Hogwarts characters is possible, too.  Grauman’s Chinese Theater has the hand- and footprints of Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint (Hermione, Harry and Ron, as if we had to remind you).  Everyone who visits the famous theater’s forecourt speeds to their favorite actors no matter which generation of filmgoer they are.  Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Gere, Johnny Depp…there are photos to be taken for everyone of those famous signatures.  The kids love the Harry Potter actors.  And that’s not all.  Next door to Grauman’s is Madame Tussaud’s wax museum where there is more Harry Potter to see and experience.  And then – Universal Studios now has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, a 3D ride and experience that will fulfill all the fantasies of everyone who grew up with the Harry Potter library in their bedroom.  If that wasn’t enough, our Los Angeles private tour guides know a spell or two that will make a sightseeing adventure of Hollywood and Beverly Hills especially meaningful for our young Harry Potter fans.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 8 August 2016

Suicide Squad Big in Hollywood

Suicide Squad in playing at Grauman's Chinese Theater

Grauman’s Chinese Theater Welcomes Suicide Squad and Our Private Tour

The biggest of Hollywood movie theaters is now hosting another big summer flick.  Suicide Squad is playing in IMAX 3D, the largest format for theatrical exhibition.  Big screen, big sound and big action fun for fans of comic book films.  Our guests did not buy movie tickets for the film during our private tour in Hollywood but we did spend time in the courtyard admiring the hand- and footprints of Will Smith, one of the stars of the new DC Comics-based extravaganza.  We also took the short tour inside the theater so our guests could see what a wonderful auditorium awaits them if they decide later during their visit here in Los Angeles to come see a movie in Sid Grauman’s incredible movie palace.  The huge screen and red curtains, the intricate designs on the walls, columns and ceiling, the feeling of space and the sense of grandeur all make coming here to see a movie a very special experience.  Especially a really big movie.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 23 February 2016

The Next Marilyn Monroe?

Our young guests measures her hands against Marilyn Monroe

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Our Young Private Tour Guest Knows

As it turns out, our young guest was quite a big fan of Marilyn Monroe and could sing the songs from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  Her immediate target when her private Los Angeles tour arrived in Hollywood at Grauman’s Chinese Theater was to locate the hand and footprints of Marilyn Monroe and have us take numerous photographs of her posing with the ever popular cement block.  She was a big fan of many of the old movie stars.  Not so much of the famed courtyard’s most recent addition, Quentin Tarantino.  However, the Hunger Games stars (Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson), another recent addition to the celebration of great movie stars (mostly), was another important find for her.  Our guides know where the stars handprints are so their guests’ favorites can be quickly found just as they can get their groups to the block on the Walk of Fame where a treasured celebrity has a star and even drive to a local cemetery and visit a star’s final resting place.  We understand the importance of connecting our custom tour guests to the great entertainers and filmmakers they love however we can.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 17 June 2015

Family Photo and Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Our private tour family at Hollywood's Chinese Theater

Grauman’s Chinese Theater Is a Temple for

Our Private Hollywood Tour

The building is iconic.  Like the Hollywood Sign, like the Walk of Fame, like the Capitol Records building, our private Los Angeles tour guests want to see these landmarks no matter what else we offer to show them in Los Angeles.  Thus a beach tour from Marina del Rey to Malibu or from Santa Monica to Redondo Beach will almost always see us heading at some point into Hollywood.  As cliched as it may be to photograph our families standing in the courtyard of the 1927 structure known for its Hollywood movie premieres and famous courtyard strewn with celebrity signed cement hand and footprints, we pose our groups in several locations around the building and get wonderful “greeting card” shots for their tour albums.  No matter who they share the photograph with those viewers will know exactly where they have been.  At the same time we tell stories about the handprint ceremonies and suggest a 20-minute walking tour inside the historic theater where Hollywood history blends with the latest in digital theater presentation.  The newest IMAX Laser projection system can be seen by the largest IMAX audience in the world (932).  No wonder film industry leaders want to premiere their movies in this veritable temple of the film gods.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 27 June 2014

Visiting Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Filming the family at Grauman's

Avoiding the Crowd for a Private Tour Photo

Summer is here and so are the crowds of visitors to Los Angeles.  Everyone wants to see the historic Hollywood sights and the sea of people ebbs and flows through the area all day long and into the night.  Our private Los Angeles tour guides have all learned how to get great photos of our guests at even the most populated destinations.  We can make it seem like the location was closed to all but our luxury tour guests.  Here we are just part of the milling crowd at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, now known as TCL Chinese Theatres.  The historic movie palace built by Sid Grauman (with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) back in 1928 has been updated recently to accommodate the IMAX projection system.  The really big screen in the old movie house is even bigger.  What was always the best theater to see a movie is now even better.  What would Sid, Doug and Mary say if they could experience a movie like Godzilla or Transformers: Age of Extinction at their beloved movie house?  We are sure they would be very impressed if not scared sh*tless.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 27 May 2014

Michael Jackson Fan Enjoys Fantasy Tour

Young Frankie at Michael Jackson's cement handprints

Our Custom Los Angeles Tour Gets Her to Michael Jackson

In town for the Radio Disney Awards our young guest, Frankie, was a devoted Michael Jackson fan.  When we learned of this we could do nothing less than get her to all of Michael’s places around Hollywood, Beverly Hills and throughout Los Angeles.  That meant a stop at Grauman’s Chinese Theater to visit his hand and footprints.  On the same block a visit to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum meant a chance to stand next to the Pop King for a photograph.  She posed near other famous stars while in the museum including Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as Forest Gump.  Frankie’s box of chocolates private Los Angeles tour also included other Michael Jackson destinations where she learned more about her musical icon.

Frankie poses with Michael Jackson wax sculpture

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 18 December 2013

Peter O’Toole Still at the Chinese Theatre

Peter O'Toole's handprints at the Chinese Theatre

Peter O’Toole Will Always Be There for Our Private Tours

“I’m not an actor, I’m a movie star!” is a hilarious quote from Peter O’Toole’s perfect performance as Alan Swann in My Favorite Year.  We, however, beg to differ as we show our custom Hollywood tour guests his hand and foot prints in the Chinese Theatre forecourt.  This lanky gentleman from over the pond created so many differing and memorable characters in so many highly acclaimed and beloved films over the years that he was more an actor than most working in front of the Hollywood lens.  We are among those who feel he was slighted for never having received a Best Actor Oscar for his eight nominations.  Just bad timing to be nominated in years of so many worthy performances.  On our next private tour to San Diego we will be showing The Stunt Man to our guests on the built-in 23″-LED monitor in our luxury van.  Peter O’Toole dominates that film shot at the Hotel Del Coronado, a must-see San Diego destination.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 31 October 2013

Trick or Treat is Every Day at the Chinese Theatre

Photo of costumed characters at Chinese Theatre

This Is What Our Private Tour Photos in Hollywood Are All About

What appears to be trick or treating on a warm Los Angeles afternoon is what we and our private Los Angeles tour guests see every day when we arrive at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.  Hilarious costumed actors and performers, some authentic, others not so much, await visitors to the famous Hollywood landmark where the original film characters once inhabited one of the best theater screens in all of Los Angeles (the U.S., dare we say the World?).  Grauman’s Chinese Theater is also the second oldest of the Hollywood theaters and, of course, famous for its courtyard collection of hand and footprints of Hollywood movie stars since the theater was constructed in 1927.  Halloween or not we will be pleased to introduce you to Spiderman, Chewbacca, Captain Jack Sparrow, Catwoman and all the other familiar film folks we can find when we take you see Hollywood.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 26 April 2013

Jane Fonda Gets Her Hands (and Feet) Dirty

Daughter Joins Father at the Chinese Theater

Photo of Jane FondaWith three Best Actor Academy Awards between them*, Jane Fonda and father Henry will be together again at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Saturday at 10:00a.m.  That is when, as part of the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Classic Film Festival, Jane will dip her hands and feet into wet cement in the forecourt of the theater as movie stars have been doing since the theater was built in 1928.  We are always excited by these events on behalf of our private Hollywood tour guests who get to witness a ceremony not seen very often but that receives so much media coverage.  It really is special and Jane Fonda is a special actress who truly deserves this honor.


* Jane: Klute, Coming Home;  Henry: On Golden Pond


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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 16 April 2013

Chinese Theater to Go IMAX

A beautiful sunset photo of the Chinese Theater in Hollywood

Sunset is a terrific time to tour Hollywood

Our Los Angeles Tour Just Got Bigger

The newly minted TCL Chinese Theater (always Grauman’s Chinese Theater to us lovers of old Hollywood) has announced that it will close down several months this summer as it converts the theater to become the largest IMAX theater auditorium in the world.  While it will only offer the third largest screen in North America there will be more movie history in those seats than in all the other IMAXs put together.  Happily, during construction we will still be able to show our private Hollywood tour guests around the theater forecourt so they can see the hand and footprints of celebrated movie stars since the Hollywood era and the handprint ceremony began back in 1928.  This will be the 732nd IMAX theater in the world and still one of the great movie theaters to watch a film.  We know we will be in line for the first film offered at the newest of the world’s IMAX theaters.

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