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A Sad Visit to Grauman’s Chinese Theater for Our Los Angeles Private Tour
There were three locations in Hollywood where memories were being shared of both Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, Carrie Fisher. We spent time on a custom private tour through Hollywood thinking back to all our fond film memories of Debbie Reynolds when we arrived at the famous movie palace where stars are honored with handprints in the cement of the theater’s forecourt. Her ceremony there was almost 51 years ago. There is also a formal wreath on display above her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Carrie Fisher does not have a formal place where we she was honored, however, an informal star on the Walk of Fame has been created by fans right next to her mother’s. This has been a sad beginning of the new year but we are pleased to have the opportunity to share memories with our guests. In the near future we will be able to visit the gravesites if our guests wish to remember them in that way. We might not be Singin’ in the Rain right now, but there is A New Hope that old fans and new will enjoy their works far into the future.
No Private Tour of Hollywood is Complete without this Picture
Even on an overcast, colorless day there is plenty of color in Hollywood. Grauman’s Chinese Theater has been a rainbow of dazzling hues since it was opened in 1928. The grand movie palace that Sid Grauman built (along with the Egyptian Theater just a block down Hollywood Boulevard) remains not only an operating movie theater but one of the best theaters to see a movie anywhere. Especially a big noisy movie. That’s why Hollywood movie premieres are still hosted here. The big crowd of Hollywood insiders will watch the film on the giant IMAX screen with all the technical bells and whistles that makes every seat perfect for sight and sound. Throngs of spectators will gather in the forecourt along the red carpet paying respects to the great actors whose handprints mark the cement slabs and along the Hollywood Walk of Fame lining both sides of the street outside the theater. When our private tour of Los Angeles gets to Hollywood we walk around and explore Grauman’s and we always gather the guests for photographs commemorating their visit here. We will also walk to other nearby historic and popular sights like the El Capitan Theater, the Dolby Theatre and the Roosevelt Hotel. For some modern fun we will spend time looking around the Hollywood & Highland Center, as much a tribute to old Hollywood as it is an exciting outdoor shopping mall (with some fine restaurants and snackeries).
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.
Grauman’s Chinese Theater Continues Tradition in Hollywood
Our Los Angeles private tour guests suggested it was a coincidence that the Hand and Footprint ceremony for Tim Burton at the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theater was just before the opening of his newest film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Their very knowledgeable tour guide, a former film marketing specialist at one of our great studios, informed them that these ceremonies are just part of the film marketing machinery that we are so familiar with here in Hollywood. Tim is in town for the premiere of the film and will appear on late night television, radio shows and a blitz of media meetings to promote his new movie. That he is also being honored among almost 100 years of great movie stars and directors in the courtyard of Sid Grauman’s movie palace (now TCL Chinese Theatre) is just a nice touch and probably a fun interlude in the crush of appointments with entertainment writers and broadcasters. When we schedule our custom tours of Los Angeles for guests we always check to see if something like this is scheduled and suggest to our guests that we time our excursion to be able to participate.
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.
Family Private Tours of Hollywood Are a Real Treat
If you need to be certain the children have a lot of material to include in their “What I Did This Summer” back-to-school reports then you definitely need to consider a private luxury tour of Hollywood. With just you and a camera toting guide it is easy to get to those wonderful less traveled spots that the big tours overlook. Not just behind the scenes but behind that. You can learn not just what is there but what used to be there. Since we know where the back doors are we might just run into a familiar faces coming and going from the Jimmy Kimmel studio or the Dolby Theater. We will get you to the best shops even if all you want is an I ♥ Hollywood t-shirt. We are acquainted with most of the costumed characters roaming the street and know who offers the best poses for a fun picture we can take for your tour photo album. With no itinerary to stick to we can just walk around looking at the stars of the Hollywood Walk of Fame or find one in particular (of the almost 2,600 presently on the landmark sidewalk) that is meaningful to you. We can stop into Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood Wax Museum or the Guiness Book of Records museum. There is so much to do just on the streets of Hollywood we have to remember to get back into the car so we can drive right up to the Hollywood Sign.
Johnny Depp Has His Fans on Our Private Tour of Hollywood
Alice Through the Looking Glass is playing at the El Capitan Theater, a Disney movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. Our Los Angeles tour guests are admiring Johnny Depp’s hand and foot prints in the cement in the courtyard of the landmark Grauman’s Chinese Theater across the street. Captain Jack Sparrow and the Mad Hatter can be spotted plying their perfect impersonations on the sidewalk near Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood wax museum where a wax sculpture of him stands ready for a selfie. Nearby is Johnny’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Maybe Hollywood could be called Johnny Depp Land. Whatever we might talk about on our private custom tour of Los Angeles there is no denying that every one of our passengers can name favorite movies of theirs starring Johnny Depp. We even have guests with fond memories of the old television show 21 Jump Street. Remember that program? If you have a favorite celebrity be sure to tell us and we will customize your tour to see all the relevant sights and places associated with your star.
Our Private Tour Over Hollywood Sees Things a Little Different Today
The buildings change and the names on the buildings change. That’s life in Los Angeles, a city that is always in transition to the next thing. For example, in this Throw Back Thursday (TBT) aerial photograph we took on a private helicopter tour over Hollywood construction marks where Madame Tussaud’s amazing wax museum will be. The courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theater is very easy to distinguish. Today the theater is officially the TCL Chinese Theatre and inside a whole new screen and sound system provides the audience with the largest IMAX auditorium in the world. The theater is one of the most amazing places to see a movie, a fact we stress to our guests while on any private Los Angeles tour we do. Today it is even more amazing! Sometimes we take a tour within a tour and walk through the theater between movies to let our guests get a sense of how many seats there are and how truly beautiful the interior of the theater is. Movie palace is exactly the right description. And finally the Kodak Theatre in the photograph is today the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars and the American Idol finals.
Johnny Depp Pleases Our Private Tour Guests
Every private Los Angeles tour that we do has on their checklist a visit to Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The famous movie palace from 1927 is synonymous with Hollywood. The grand building looms over Hollywood Boulevard and draws crowds every single day. Our guides could spend the day talking about all of the Hollywood history associated with this theater from great movie premieres to Academy Award ceremonies and, naturally, about all of the movie stars and filmmakers who have left their marks (truly!) in cement squares making up the theater’s courtyard. One of the most popular prints belongs to Johnny Depp who left his mark back in 2005. Back in the earliest days the ceremony was conducted in place. That is, the wet cement was anywhere in the forecourt and that is where the star made their mark. Handprints, footprints and a signature at least. Some left more….a nose, a profile, a fist. As the courtyard filled up and the popularity of the ceremony increased a central location in front of the theater doorway was designated for placement of the wet cement. This made it easier for the honoree and the photographers and guests. Afterwards, when the cement had dried, it was moved to another location. What makes seeing Johnny Depp’s handprints at Grauman’s Chinese even more exciting is the fact that his Hollywood Walk of Fame star is nearby as are several Johnny Depp characters walking the sidewalk and ready to pose for photographs.
Wistful Moment for Our Private Tour in Hollywood
The tragic loss of Robin Williams affected everyone we know and everyone we meet on any private tour of Los Angeles that we do. He was a true Hollywood legend with worldwide appeal. Our recent look back at happier days for Robin at the Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip generated numerous responses, comments and emails which pleased us and saddened us, too, as so many recalled their best of times being entertained by Robin. These days we cannot help but touch the lingering melancholy when we pass by his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The prominent position on the sidewalk in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater means we will always be near it when we bring our guests to see the famous movie palace, a “must see” stop on any sightseeing excursion in Hollywood. Our more seasoned guests recall his Mork and Mindy breakthrough television show and his incredible realization of Popeye for Robert Altman. Younger guests always want to talk about Night at the Museum (both films) and even Mrs. Doubtfire. The celebrated actor and comedian will be missed but we are thankful that there are places around Hollywood that will always celebrate his beautiful career.