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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 14 April 2016

High on Hollywood Past

A look back at Grauman's Chinese Theater from above before Madame Tussaud's and Dolby

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.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 31 March 2016

When the 405 Was Empty

Looking back to when the 405 in Los Angeles had no traffic

Our Private Tour Guests Never Get to See This

Carmageddon – This wonderful word was coined back in 2011 when the 405 Freeway through West Los Angeles was shut down for construction of a new bridge crossing at Sunset Boulevard.  Warnings of possible traffic gridlock began six months before construction and increased in frequency and tenor as the shovel date approached.  Los Angelenos made arrangements to change their work schedules to accommodate different routes between home and office.  They scheduled vacations.  They arranged for additional yoga and Pilates classes in their neighborhood.  Life was doomed.  Or so everyone thought.  Nah, nothing bad happened at all.  Traffic flowed smoothly everywhere much as what happened during the 1984 Olympics.  We know how to deal with detours and road construction.  Happens all the time.  As you can see, just as the freeway reopened there was a shiny new bridge crossing for Sunset Boulevard just below the Angeleno Hotel where we were meeting our private Los Angeles tour guests that morning.  What a beautiful sight it was.  Not the shiny new bridge but the vast expanse of empty pavement on the highway…no traffic.

Funny, but the same thing happened the next year when the Mulholland Highway overcrossing was demolished just a few miles north of here.  Again, no problems.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 28 January 2016

Before Seaworld There Was Marineland

Vintage photo of Marineland of the Pacific when it was open on the Palos Verdes Peninsula

A Private Tour Through Palos Verdes Peninsula Goes Near

Before Shamu down at SeaWorld in San Diego there were Orky and Corky up here on the Palos Verdes Peninsula at Marineland of the Pacific.  From 1954 until 1987 we had an oceanarium here in Los Angeles that drew multitudes to watch killer whales and dolphins perform in pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  While it was sad to lose such a popular destination as well as a fantastic restaurant location with views of the sea and Catalina Island (on clear days), the idea of keeping such creatures confined in pools and performing tricks for the public is not as acceptable today as it was back then as seen by the problems arising at nearby Seaworld.  We think it might be better that the fabulous Terranea Resort and Trump National Golf Course has taken the place of Marineland with its PGA level golf course and other luxury amenities.  Many Terranea guests enjoy our private Los Angeles tour.  We can pick them up at the resort in our luxury SUV or land in our helicopter to take them on an enjoyable aerial tour of Los Angeles.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 14 January 2016

Looking Back at Endeavour’s Los Angeles Tour

Shuttle Endeavour flies over the Hollywood Sign

Our Private Tour of Los Angeles Sees

the Same Things – But Closer

Way back on September 21, 2012, the recently decommissioned Space Shuttle Endeavour made its way to a new home in Los Angeles.  A spectacular flyover of the city and surrounding areas Shuttle Endeavour Tours Los Angeles - downtownbrought multitudes outdoors and to their television sets to witness the specially outfitted Boeing 747 with the precious cargo fastened above and two fighter jets following in close formation.  The three aircraft flew “low and slow” above the Hollywood Sign, the Los Angeles Coliseum, downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) and Dodger Stadium in photos captured from an excellent NASA video of highlights of the special tour of Los Angeles celebrating the space vehicle’s arrival in Southern California.  Several weeks later Endeavour was slowly maneuvered along city streets Endeavour arrives above the Los Angeles Coliseumon a 3-day parade from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to a specially constructed hanger at the California Science Museum in Exposition Park just south of downtown near the University of Southern California (USC), the Sports Arena and Los Angeles Coliseum. This special tour for Endeavour is pretty much what our combination helicopter + ground tour of Los Angeles is like except that we fly even lower and slower and then drive back to the best destinations to visit in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, downtown and the beach communities.

Dodger Stadium is below Endeavour

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 7 January 2016

Musso & Frank Grill – Still Hollywood’s Greatest

From way back in Hollywood history – Musso & Franks Grill

Dining Then Is Dining Now at

Musso & Frank Grill

It is always thrilling to take our guests on a private custom tour of Los Angeles into Musso & Frank Grill on Hollywood Boulevard.  Why?  Because the past really comes alive for them.  Our guides have prepared our visitors for this particular historic destination with tales of old Hollywood and even some stories of ancient Hollywood that we have researched.  Which famous movie stars ate here, where they preferred to sit, their cocktail of choice (martinis are a specialty).  There are even some servers here who harken back to Golden Age Hollywood and can tell tales if we get there at a quiet time and decide to order a drink or a meal.  The restaurant originally opened next door to its present location back in 1919 when Hollywood was still an enfant terrible in the business world but people and money were flooding westward to participate in the growing enterprise of filmed entertainment.  D.W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille and Charlie Chaplin reigned supreme at the numerous tiny (by today’s standards) studios nearby that were churning out silent films.  The best place then for steak and a stiff drink?  That’s right, Musso & Frank Grill.  The best place today?  You guessed it.  Great food and a touch of real Hollywood history in the heart of town.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 10 December 2015

Once Upon a Time the Kodak Theatre

When the home of the Oscars was built it was the Kodak Theatre

The Name Change Escapes Most of

Our Private Tour Guests

We remember…the construction destruction of our familiar sightseeing path on Hollywood Boulevard near Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  The famed Walk of Fame stars in the area had been removed for safekeeping and the decrepit tall office building dismantled.  There was dust, debris and noise for the longest time it seemed.  We soldiered through as the 60s were disappearing to be replaced by buildings for the new millennium.  And what an improvement it was.  Our private Los Angeles tour guests were impressed with the great Kodak Theatre, the new home of the Academy Awards ceremony (and other awards shows and television productions – American Idol to name one).  The giant marble proscenium invited us to walk down a corridor lined with very upscale stores.  Our eyes, though, sought out the columns of the walkway all the way from the street past the grand stairway to the theater’s entrance which listed every Best Picture award winner from 1927’s Wings to 2001’s A Beautiful Mind.  There are plenty of spaces remaining for upcoming winners to take their exalted position on the promenade columns.  And Kodak is no longer the name emblazened on various parts of the building but rather Dolby.  From camera film to high tech sound.  Everything changes – especially in Los Angeles – but it is good to remember how things looked in the past.

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