Posts Tagged ‘Grauman’s’
Our Luxury Tour Guests See Miss Congeniality Get the Wet Cement Treatment
Hollywood has been busy lately putting stars in the sidewalk and handprints in wet cement. Yesterday our private Los Angeles tour guests were delighted to find themselves at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in time to see Sandra Bullock honored in what can be likened to Hollywood’s Hall of Fame – the Chinese Theater forecourt. Photographers from journals published around the world (as well as our intrepid and pushy guide) and plenty of fans and well-wishers were also there to see the beautiful actress make yet another mark in the history of Hollywood films. With a poster of her newest film behind her (Alfonso Cuaron’s outer space thriller GRAVITY with George Clooney) she graciously posed for the cameras and then knelt to place her hands in the wet goop for posterity.
Our Private Tours Get You In Touch with Fame
Brooke Saward, an Australian travel writer, journeyed all the way to Los Angeles to put her hands in the hands of fellow Aussie Mel Gibson in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Brooke wrote a wonderful piece and filmed a short video about her custom, luxury tours around Los Angeles with us and remains in touch with us today. We are pleased to post another photograph of her and include links to her website for travel readers reading this blog. We continually urge her to return. There is still so much about Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and nearby communities that we can show her. And, to be fair since we mentioned him here, Mel can be seen soon in the new action film from Robert Rodriguez, Machete Kills.
The Red Car Trolley and the White Trees
This great vintage (1953) Kodachrome shot shows Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. All decked out for Christmas you can see that 20th Century Fox has its third Cinemascope production drawing crowds over the holiday season. Beneath the 12-Mile Reef starred a young Robert Wagner and Gilbert Roland in this Florida seagoing romance adventure. At this time the Red Car trolley was still running through Hollywood unlike today with the Red Line subway running beneath the great boulevard. If time travel was possible we would take our private Los Angeles tour guests back to this time when traffic was lighter and Hollywood was brighter.
Never Let Go of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood
This will always be Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Even when it was Mann’s Chinese Theatre it was Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. And now that it’s TCL Chinese Theatre it’s still Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. We are professional tour guides who want our private Hollywood Tour guests to see this fun destination as the movie history haven it has always been. And who better to remind us of that history than Elvis himself, reincarnated in his larger Las Vegas form but still wowing the women who pass by.
This was such a fun and special private Hollywood tour with travel writer Brooke Saward recently visiting Los Angeles from Australia. We found this special exhibit in front of the Hollywood Red Line station (our subway system). On the left is Marilyn Monroe sculpted as she was photographed during her handprint ceremony in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater back on June 26, 1953 while her movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was entertaining audiences everywhere. Brooke is looking very Hollywood and worthy of her own handprint as she sits in for Jane Russell as we took the photograph, something we do for all our guests on all our tours. Professional tour guides and photographers — that’s us!
It can’t be Star Wars all the time for the characters in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. This time of year you would expect Santa Claus and an elf or two. This elf appears to have received an award or is about to present Santa with the award. Neither seems as jolly as our private luxury tour guests who were visiting this Hollywood sightseeing destination with their guide, Paul, who captured this very candid photograph of the characters inhabiting the theater forecourt. There is always more to be seen than a movie at this grand theater — there is history and spectacle and a good amount of Hollywood oddity. Just last week Hugh Jackman received his Walk of Fame star just a few steps away from these fellows and next week Helen Mirren will receive her Walk of Fame honor. Sometimes we can show our guests what we know is going to happen and sometimes it is going to be surprise for all of us.
Sometimes we cannot show our private luxury tour guests visiting Hollywood the Chinese Theater courtyard with its celebrity hand and footprints because a studio has rented the facility for a big movie premiere. This day it was for Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter in Tim Burton’s feature, DARK SHADOWS.