Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood’
Bedroom Eyes Greet Our Private Tour Guests at the Loews Hollywood
We capture images for our private Los Angeles tour guests that they generally do not think to get for themselves. A product of seeing Hollywood and Beverly Hills every day results in our looking at the buildings, people and objects of Los Angeles with different eyes. We get our guests to different parts of town at varying times of day because we are not working with pre-determined schedules and routes. Every tour is a custom itinerary and different for every guest. It also helps that we have our camera with us every moment. If traffic comes to a halt for construction we can look up and think, “that would make a good picture.” Thus, the mural on the side of the Hollywood Loews Hotel makes it into a tour photo album for guests to remember when hearing about the former rotating restaurant and later grand suite at the top of the building. The hotel sits adjacent to the Hollywood and Highland Center with its many shops and restaurants, close to the Chinese Theatre complex and the El Capitan Theater, walking distance to the Jimmy Kimmel Show studio and the Roosevelt Hotel, and come Oscar time it is right beside the Dolby Theater.
Private Tour Guests See 2 Hollywood Icons at One Time
We get so much positive feedback from our descriptions of Los Angeles mural art that we are delighted to have a new image to share today. David Flores has brought his “stained glass” mural painting style to the side of the iconic Sunset Strip music club The Viper Room. Honoring the club’s black and white color theme the artist refrains from color but still renders his familiar country music star, Johnny Cash, in a captivating way. It was back in December 1993 that Cash appeared at the club in person, not long after the tragic Halloween night death of River Phoenix just outside the club’s door which itself was only weeks after Johnny Depp and his partners opened The Viper Room. Cash’s appearance was at once an historic event but also a salve for the sadness still permeating the club since the loss of its friend. So much music history, so much Hollywood history in this one building. Be sure to ask your guide about it while on your private Los Angeles tour with us and take a look at some of our other mural blogs.
Los Angeles Tour Guests Love the King
King Solomon, that is, who we see during the summer months on the Venice Boardwalk and who then winters in Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard working with the other costumed characters. He tames snakes, plays a wooden flute, rides a unicycle – a man of inspired talents who poses with our private Los Angeles tour guests while we take photographs (for a little Solomonic lucre – aka tips). For more than a dozen years that we know of he has been entertaining the crowds and staying in good shape (thankfully). You might think that Express would offer him a makeover. However, if they did we would surely miss King Solomon.
Luxury Tour Surprise on Way to Hollywood Sign
Ever ready with our digital SLR cameras we collect all sorts of images along the streets we drive every day in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. As readers here know we encounter some surprising sights quite regularly. This art installation by Hans Uder surprised us one day this summer as our custom vans headed up Beachwood Canyon to the Hollywoodland portals and then to the Hollywood Sign. So close to Halloween this seemed a good time to post this photograph and give a big thumbs up to Hans for his inspiring bus stop denizens. Our private Los Angeles tour guests posed with the art in photos for their albums of the good times and intriguing things they saw in Hollywood.
Convenient Coffee Shop for Custom Hollywood Tour
We still refer to this charming diner in Hollywood as the “Swingers” cafe because we all so clearly remember Doug Liman’s 1996 film Swingers which was, in part, filmed here. We also love the little cafe in this charming hotel on Franklin near the 101, the Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel to be exact. The hotel was regularly filmed in its time and was also a stopping place for stars from the 1920s to the present to stay or just to get a bite to eat. Our guides still drop in after their private Hollywood tour on the way back to the garage. Not necessarily with a cappuccino on their mind but certainly a good meal and a hot cup of coffee. They can use the time to work on their scripts. If you are interested in the history of the building you should visit this YouTube link and enjoy a silent documentary for a quarter of an hour. How many of these notable Hollywood figures do you know?
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.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery a Favorite Private Tour Stop
There are truly some great names on the plaques and headstones around Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Enough that we love to take our guests on a drive through the memorial park whenever we can to pay tribute as well as enjoy remembering movies, television shows and characters from Hollywood. Today we are remembering Don Adams, Agent 86 from the 60s television show GET SMART. Don could have been buried at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. with full military honors but instead chose to settle down right here in Hollywood. His plaque rises from the ground beside a lovely rose bush in this peaceful graveyard right behind Paramount Studios. There is a lot of Hollywood history all around here, in and out of the cemetery. With more than a century of film history there are a number of fine burial sites that we like to visit with our private Los Angeles tour guests. Like the handprints at the Chinese Theatre or the stars on the Walk of Fame, we like knowing where the gravestones and memorials are for great stars and performers who have gone before us.
Hollywood & Highland Is a Grand Private Tour Destination
How else would you expect the escalator area to be made interesting in the heart of Hollywood? With a floating piano, of course. A grand piano and candelabra is suspended between the levels of the grand Hollywood & Highland Center, a superb location for shopping, eating and being entertained. There is always something going on at the H&H Center – music, magic, special events. So many interesting businesses are packed into this corner at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue (thus the name!) that we can bring our private Los Angeles tour guests here and spend a great deal of time, not even thinking about Grauman’s Chinese Theatre next door or the El Capitan Theater right across the street. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is very nearby as are three wax figure museums and the Hollywood Museum (in the pink art deco Max Factor building). Needless to say, this is a major sightseeing destination for anyone visiting Hollywood. Allow plenty of time to see it all!
Salute the Women as You Enter Hollywood on a Private Tour
The Hollywood Gateway sculptures marks a starting point for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Often referred to as the “four ladies sculpture” (it really is five) the artwork on a traffic island in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard at La Brea captures the attention of every one of our private Los Angeles tour visitors to this glorious part of Hollywood. Designed by Catherine Hardwicke and built by Karl West it was dedicated in 1994. The featured women are women who distinguished themselves in the relatively new film industry with not only their beauty and talent but their business acumen as well. They were Dorothy Dandridge, Mae West, Anna May Wong and Dolores del Rio. This multi-talented, multi-ethnic group of actresses lead your eyes up to the top of the gazebo where there is a golden replica of Marilyn Monroe in her iconic subway grate pose from The Seven Year Itch. The Beatles and Elvis Presley are among the Walk of Fame celebrities with stars placed in the sidewalk near the sculpture. If you walk the Walk of Fame be sure to venture out to the island to enjoy the structure and design of the gateway.
Best Private Hollywood Tour (Ever!) Stops for Awards
We stop to shop. What better thing can you say about a private custom tour in Los Angeles? We are not limited in the time we spend with guests except by their continued interest. If they wish to visit a Hollywood gift store to pick up some knick-knacks and chotchkes for family and friends back home then we take them to what we know to be the best souvenir stores around (there are couple we like). We also stop to shop on Beverly Hills‘ Rodeo Drive and along S. Robertson Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. There are distinctive stores and boutiques in each of those shopping areas that make it a very worthwhile tour destination for us. Best of all, we have plenty of room aboard our custom vans for shopping bags and boxes. Now, back to our Best Tour Guide honors. And the award goes to ….