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Our Private Tour is All About the Movies
Unquestionably movie lovers love Hollywood. From the earlies part of the history of Hollywood filmdom when nickelodeons and “flickers” were the means by which moving pictures were enjoyed to recognizing familiar locations of favorite scenes to seeing costumed actors representing celebrated movie characters our private Los Angeles tour guests get wall-to-wall movies on their custom tour. You learn (and see) where the first movie studios were built early in the last century and then get to see where the modern studios are today. Favorite restaurants and bars of Golden Age movie stars are still to be found and visited. Hollywood Walk of Fame stars fill the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard for blocks and blocks. Grauman’s Chinese Theater offers its courtyard to spark memories of movie stars long gone and more recent filmmakers still captivating us in the theaters. Three movie palaces continue entreating audiences in the center of Hollywood. And then there is the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars. Walking toward the entrance through the main promenade takes us alongside columns listing each of the Best Picture Award winners since the first award for 1927 (Wings). After we take an inventory of all these great films we can drive up to the Hollywood Sign and look back into this part of the city that is so dear to so many people around the world.
See Hollywood Prepare for the Oscars on a Private Tour
It is only once a year that Hollywood pulls out all the stops to prepare for the Oscars. This year was no different. Our private Los Angeles tour guests have a chance to see the workers setting up the Dolby Theatre and Hollywood Boulevard for weeks in advance as the big Sunday gets closer and closer. You can really get a sense of how big the ceremony is by how big Oscar is. Despite the hubbub we get our custom tour guests in and around the Dolby and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Street and sidewalk closures do not stop us and our tour groups are happy because they are enjoying all the excitement and activity. Even if the Walk of Fame stars of their favorite stars are covered by grandstands or red carpet there is still so much to see and watch that this really is a great time to be in and around Hollywood. Even better, we can watch the stars come and go from the theater as they rehearse their parts in the big show. We never know who we will encounter or when which adds to the surprises and excitement of Academy Awards time.
A Major Destination on a
Private Tour in Hollywood
While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members are earnestly watching nominated films right now it will soon be time when our private Los Angeles tour guests will be noticing the activity buzzing in and around the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. Home of the Academy Awards since the 2001 Oscars the modern facility allows for outstanding coverage of the live television event and its extravagant performances. Equally important is the fact that the celebration of films and filmmakers belongs in Hollywood where the industry and the recognition began. Born across the street at the Roosevelt Hotel, then at Grauman’s Chinese Theater next door, the Dolby Theatre is the perfect place for this much anticipated global event. Ray Dolby, the engineer behind the Dolby sound system for whom the theater is named, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (ceremony begins at 21:30).
Private Hollywood Tour Film Quiz Answers
Our private Los Angeles tour guests love to talk about movies and film awards always arise. Sometimes we ask them questions to determine how well they know movies. Sometimes they ask us to learn our expertise. When it comes to naming Best Picture Oscar winners we always get the answers as we walk up to the entrance of the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Best Picture in 1971? Well, that was The French Connection. Who starred? Who directed? Hmmm, ok, let’s check IMDb.com, that’s before our time. A question that invariably comes up – what happens when they run out of column space? Well, that’s going to be after our time. Long after.
Award season is upon us and films and filmmakers are being honored and talked about even more. The Academy Awards is still the most prestigious and watched ceremony and is coming to us on Sunday, February 24th this year. The arches over the promenade leading to the Dolby Theater where the Oscar show is broadcast are lined with the names of all the Best Picture winners since the first ceremony in 1929. The photograph above was taken on a recent private luxury tour through Hollywood and features GONE WITH THE WIND, the Best Picture winner in 1939, a year some historians and cinephiles regard as Hollywood’s greatest year. Can you name the other 9 nominees that year? We expect a busy tour season leading up to the Oscars and have researched and added some exciting new celebrity homes in Beverly Hills and Bel Air for our guests sightseeing in Los Angeles.