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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 28 October 2015

The King of Malls in Hollywood

The giant arch at Hollywood & Highland

Our Luxury Tour Guests Cannot Believe What They See – But It Is Hollywood

One of the most interesting malls anyone will visit in the U.S. is Hollywood & Highland right in the heart of tinsel town.  Designed with a giant archway and two towering columns topped with sitting elephants this relic from ancient history has restaurants, cafés, stores and attractions that any shopping mall would be expected to have.  The physical surroundings transport its visitors, and our private Los Angeles tour guests, to another time – the earliest days of Hollywood.  In 1916, barely a mile down Hollywood Boulevard, film director D.W. Griffith built a tremendous set to be a part of his epic An elephant-topped column at Hollywood & HighlandIntolerance: Love’s Struggles Throughout the Ages.  Set in Babylon and starring Lillian Gish, the film piece had to accommodate thousands of people around and on top of the giant structures.  Chariots, flaming pyres, ancient armament and uniforms filled the screen.  When the filming was concluded the set remained for a considerable time and was something of a sightseeing destination for visitors to Hollywood back in those days.  The film set is long gone today and the production lot is now part of a television studio and recording facility.  The Hollywood & Highland architects incorporated structures designed to pay tribute to that great film and the history of movies.  There is so much more to see and enjoy when visiting Hollywood & Highland be sure to have a private tour guide (with a camera) with you when you visit.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 22 October 2015

Be an Angel and Help Angels Flight

The Angels Flight Railway seen in a vintage color photograph

Our Private Tour Guests Get to See Angels Flight

but Do Not Get to Ride

Angels Flight is a remarkable tiny railroad that has moved people up and down Bunker Hill since 1901.  True, the original location of the railway was developed in the late 1960s and the entire operation was moved nearby to continue its service.  The two cars, Sinai and Olivet, save commuters a steep climb and descent from the lower downtown area to the top of a the busy financial district.  For those who like numerical details the grade is 33% and runs 315 feet.  Our TBT (throwback Thursday) vintage color photo is definitely mid-century (20th) and features the 3rd Street tunnel in dowtown Los Angeles (DTLA).  Despite having transferred more passengers per mile than any other railroad the tiny railway has had its share of problems, both engineering and financial.  Cleared for safety and ready to return to operation at this time money is the significant issue keeping Angels Flight closed.  To remedy this a fundraiser has been organized on behalf of this historic feature of our city.  On Thursday, November 5th (7-11pm) at the beautifully restored Million Dollar Theater in L.A.’s Broadway District, there will be a fascinating program featuring the classic noir film M by Joseph Losey in which Angels Flight is seen.  There will also be a presentation by a local historian talking about Angels Flight through the years illustrated with rare photographs and film clips.  You can be sure we will be prompting our private Los Angeles tour guests in town at that time to take advantage of this opportunity to learn from real historians about the early days of L.A. and this amazing piece of its story while helping to return to service the little railroad that could.

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

Street + Food + Cinema = Los Angeles

Photo of a Street Food Cinema event in Los AngelesAfter a Los Angeles Tour – Outdoor Movie

Street Food Cinema is an ongoing summer event that is a combination picnic, foodie festival catered by a fleet of selected Los Angeles food trucks, a rock concert and a film screening.  Every Saturday night through September, generally at Exposition Park near the Los Angeles Coliseum, thousands of Los Angeles food, film and music lovers will enjoy a dramatic downtown celebration of good eats, good tunes and a fun movie every weekend. Check the schedule to learn which movie is to be screened and which band the Viper Room will be presenting as well as which food trucks will be serving.  We have seen this lively crowd with our private Los Angeles tour guests when we are exploring downtown near the museums and the University of Southern California.  The revelers enjoy their meals and the rock ‘n roll music while waiting for the movie to start.

Photo of Tom Cruise in Risky BusinessThis week the film will be RISKY BUSINESS starring Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay and the band will be BRYCE SODERBURG & THE 2ND WHEEL.  Picnicking starts at 5:30, the band plays at 6:30, a Risky Business dance contest is to be held at 8:00 and the movie screens at 8:30ish (sunset).

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 5 January 2013

Another Famous Hollywood Film Location

Photo of Hollywood apartment used in popular film

We tell our private luxury tour guests that just about everything they see on our custom tour around Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the beach communities has been filmed at one time or another.  Some sights are common and easily recognizable.  Others require us to jog their memories a bit.  The fire escape above, for instance.  Just the side of another non-descript Hollywood apartment building but when we mention Julia Roberts and Richard Gere our guests get excited and pictures must be taken. You must know which film we are talking about where the last scene was shot at this location.

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