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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.
Remember When Ellen Degeneres Hosted the Oscars?
Our private Los Angeles tour guests are impressed with the preparations for the Academy Awards ceremony that will be hosted by the Dolby Theatre this Sunday night. The streets around the theater are slowly and methodically being closed while workers, machinery and security personnel are everywhere to be seen. In fact, it is a bit difficult for us to navigate to our favorite Hollywood landmarks at this time of year. It is a problem and it is a joy because the whole world will be watching this weekend and we are a part of this Hollywood. We are here all year long. The Oscars have been here at the Dolby all of the years we have been providing custom tours around Hollywood so we, like the producers of the program, really know the ins and outs of what we do and show our guests everything they want to see plus more: red carpet, giant Oscar statues, really big signs and banners. If they watch the Oscars on television they will recognize the area around the theater for the celebrity arrivals as well as the entrance to the theater and have a good understanding of the gauntlet of security and the logistics of getting everyone to the theater on time. Chris Rock will be a terrific host as he was a number of years ago but we pulled this photo from our tour files just for fun.
Our Private Tour in Hollywood Sees Oscars Preparation
Barely more than a month away and already the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is buzzing with activity and excitement. The Oscars are coming to town. Again. As usual. Since 2002. Years to go in the rental agreement with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS). This is a really big deal for Hollywood, for Los Angeles, for the United States and for the WORLD. Alright, alright. Really, we are used to the changes in pedestrian and street traffic by now. The Academy, ABC and the Dolby Theatre have the preparation, ceremony and clean up down to a science. The city knows traffic control, security and street cleaning. Business owners are familiar with sales patterns and marketing for the period leading up to the grandest of Hollywood traditions that will be watched and discussed by just about every living human being. And we really know how to excite and amaze our private Los Angeles tour guests visiting Hollywood between now and the week after the Academy Awards with insights, history, stories and secret places to visit to get an inside take on this Hollywood gala. We never know who we will run into arriving for rehearsals or even if we get invited into the auditorium for a sound check. We know people. We know Hollywood. We really love to share what we love with our custom (very custom) luxury tour guests.
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).
Smile with Oscar for Your
Los Angeles Tour Photo Album
We admit that our luxury private tour of Hollywood, Beverly Hills and all the great sights and destinations in and around Los Angeles creates amazing memories for all of our guests. To help with those memories, to share and revisit them years from now we photograph all of our tours and create a tour photo album of digital images for all of our guests. Each of our guides is equipped with a high end digital SLR camera. We even preview the images for our guests in our vehicles so they can relive their tour, the fun and discoveries, before we drop them off at their final destination. What we notice is that all of our guests are beautiful, photogenic and film stars in their own right with a photo album to prove it. Now that’s a luxury tour of Los Angeles.
Looking for a Great Oscar Party? How About Catalina Island?
We anticipate that many of our private Los Angeles tour guests will not be on the Oscar guest list at the Dolby Theatre this year. We are offering them ideas as to the best places to watch the Academy Awards that will make their visit to Los Angeles extra special. One of our suggestions is the An Evening with Oscar Gala being hosted by the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. This black tie optional event will take place in the Avalon Casino Ballroom, 25 miles offshore from Los Angeles. Food, dancing and silent auctions to raise money for a good cause will make for an enchanting evening as the world celebrates Hollywood and the movies.
Our Los Angeles Tour Guests are excited about Oscar Night!
March 2nd is still one week away but our private Los Angeles tour guests are already in the mood for movie stars and golden statuettes. As the preparations proceed around the Dolby Theatre, home of the Oscars since 2002, Hollywood Boulevard is thrumming with excitement. Even the costumed superheroes protecting the entrance are ironing their capes and polishing their utility belts as the world’s attention turns to Hollywood for her big night. Expect 3,400 attendees to fill the Dolby Theatre seats next Sunday evening as about 40 million Americans and additional millions in more than 150 countries around the world make themselves comfortable in front of their television sets. Who will win? Feel free to discuss it with our experts on Facebook.
Academy Award Ceremony Venues in Los Angeles and Hollywood
Those Oscars really get around. For a time there it was difficult to predict where in Los Angeles the traffic was going to be on Oscar night. As a private Los Angeles tour company we need to know these things to keep our custom tours and our special guests out of the traffic — unless that’s where they want to be.
We have borrowed from a couple of sources to provide you Oscar trivia nuts with a list of locations and dates where the Oscars have been held the past 83 years.
- 1929: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
- 1930–1943: Alternated between the Ambassador Hotel and the Biltmore Hotel
- 1944–1946: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
- 1947–1948: Shrine Auditorium
- 1949: Academy Award Theater (formerly the Marquis Theatre on Melrose near Doheny)
- 1950–1960: Pantages Theatre
- 1961–1968: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
- 1969–1987: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center
- 1988–2001: Alternated between the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Shrine Auditorium
- 2002–present: Dolby Theatre, formerly known as the Kodak Theatre (2002–2011) and the Hollywood and Highland Center (2012)
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.
Click on the image above to watch Seth MacFarlane tell his dad about his being selected to host the 85th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood. The reaction is not exactly what Seth was expecting. The Oscars are always a great time in and around Hollywood for everyone especially our private luxury tour guests enjoying their visit to Los Angeles at the special time. We spend time with them around the Dolby Theater so they can witness the preparations and we take them to Beverly Hills and suggest fine restaurants where they will likely see the celebrities massing in town for the big event.