Posts Tagged ‘theater’
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.
Private Tour + Theater Tour + Movie = Strange
One of the great movie palaces of the world is the El Capitan in Hollywood where movie lovers and moviedom’s greatest filmmakers have been entertained since the first days of Los Angeles filmmaking. This incredible theater, opened in 1926 and later owned by Paramount, is now in the competent hands of the Disney Corporation. As we tell our Los Angeles private tour guests that means they can expect the best conditions and service possible even in a classic theater. Throughout the year there will be stage shows, special guests, movie premieres and all sorts of wonders and surprises above and beyond just showing in the best of auditoriums with the best of projection and sound equipment the best Disney movies. Since Marvel is a Disney operation that means that when Doctor Strange comes to town he gets a seat at the El Capitan. Our guests, instead of visiting a Hollywood museum, might want to spend some tour time with us in a great Hollywood movie palace. After a tour of the exhibits and premises we can marvel at the live organ raising and lowering from below the stage as if by magic. The waterfall curtain and lighting effects as the film program begins leaves the audience gasping in delight. The magic of Disney and the magic of Doctor Strange are a special combination that our guests can enjoy right now while they are visiting Los Angeles.
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.
Our Private Tour Has Eyes on the Stars at FINDING DORY Premiere
While their tour guide knew exactly what was happening and was mindful of the timing of the private custom tour of Los Angeles he was leading, his guests began to suspect something was going on, something big, as they came into Hollywood. Sure enough, Hollywood Boulevard in front of Disney’s El Capitan Theater was blocked off and carpeted in blue (not red!) for the arrival of the stars of the new animated feature FINDING DORY. This ocean based family adventure is a sequel to the very successful first film, FINDING NEMO. The excitement along the Hollywood Walk of Fame was even higher than usual as the limousines turned onto the famous street to drop off their celebrity passengers. Not a single sea creature among them. We sure hope the kids weren’t disappointed. However, if they return to the landmark El Capitan Theater another time to see the film they will be treated not only to a movie but to a short musical stage production featuring singing sea creatures from the film as well as other familiar Disney characters. With the giant organ rising from the floor and other spectacular stage magic seeing a movie here is a very special treat for youngsters and oldsters alike.
A Tour within a Private Tour of Hollywood
When our guests get to Hollywood we extol the beauty and exhibition wonder of several of the historic movie palaces we will show them. While we strongly urge them to make time to return after their private Los Angeles tour with us to see a movie presented in these great theaters sometimes that opportunity is not available for our new friends. Fortunately, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Egyptian Theater and the El Capitan Theater have guided tours available throughout the day (between showings of their films). If our timing is right we can join one of these tours and visit inside these great theaters. These theaters were all built in the very late 1920s as Hollywood became the capitol of filmdom…Tinseltown. Sid Grauman was the showman/businessman behind the Chinese and Egyptian theaters. Charles Toberman, the Father of Hollywood, was the prime mover behind the storied El Capitan. Disney film lovers are thrilled to be able to see a presentation inside the theater known also for its beautiful waterfall curtain and giant Wurlitzer organ which rises up before the movie to provide joyful music to the audience as they find their seats. During certain times of the year there are pre-screening shows full of singing and dancing Disney characters before every presentation. The theater tour allows our guests to get a peek inside and learn more about the early days of Hollywood and this architectural wonder that is so much more than a black box with seats and a movie screen. Does Disney premiere its movies here? You bet they do (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).
Star Wars Is Here for Our Private Tour
There are any number of reasons that our private Los Angeles tour guests find themselves visiting our grand city on the sea. Business, special family occasions (weddings, graduations, anniversaries), and sometimes for very special events, for instance, the Oscars ceremony. Some of our guests are here with tickets to television shows and as winners of contests. But this week we had a family in town for the premiere of the new Star Wars film. Their combination helicopter and ground tour got them over the festivities as the final touches were being put on all the preparations that included closing Hollywood Boulevard in front of Disney’s El Capitan Theater where the film would be shown. Now Hollywood is used to movie premieres and the Academy Awards is just across the street every year at the Dolby Theatre. We can marshal our construction and traffic control forces in ways that boggle an event planner’s mind. We love having our guests on VIP tours when any kind of special Hollywood event is happening so they can see the army of specialized workers and tech crews that make these events so newsworthy. After flying over the scene we returned in our luxury SUV so our guests could watch up close. We hope they had a good time at the premiere joining the multitude of Jedi enthusiasts and hopeful fans ready for another film journey to a galaxy far, far away.
Private Tour Explores This Resurgent
Los Angeles Neighborhood
There was a time early in the last century when Broadway in Los Angeles meant the same thing as the same boulevard in New York City – theaters, restaurants, hotels, entertainment. Vaudeville stages in LA’s early history became movie palaces as time and cultural preferences on our west coast changed. And then, as often happens in the life of a city, the downtown core sank into decrepitude. The theaters were abandoned, closed or turned into evangelical churches and swap meets. The street was avoided by pleasure seeking crowds who traveled elsewhere in the city for fun and excitement. But Los Angeles is always reinventing itself so it was no surprise when there came a tidal wave of change and downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) underwent a flurry of redevelopment and reuse. Old office buildings were converted to lofts and boutique hotels, new construction created locations for stores and restaurants, movie palaces were renovated and returned to service as theaters for retrospective film events and other large audience activities. We are proud to announce that DTLA is hopping these days and our private Los Angeles tour happily explores the new and shiny city blocks with historic core that remains. LA Live on the southern end of the city center is an exciting balance to Chinatown, Olvera Street and Union Station on the north end. Broadway, Los Angeles-style, connects them both and is a sign of the times as downtown Los Angeles reawakens to become the entertainment and business center it was a hundred years ago.
Our Large Private Tour Group from Australia
Step Up to Hollywood
We do not restrict the size of our private Los Angeles tour in any way. If we cannot seat everyone in our luxury SUVs then we get a bigger vehicle. In this case it was a luxury-appointed Sprinter (from Mercedes). We know how important it is to keep our families and their friends together to share the entire experience of sightseeing in Los Angeles, along its beaches, to downtown and the historic core of the city and, naturally, Beverly Hills and Hollywood. Here our group dances up the stairs of the Dolby Theatre giving their own thumbs up/thumbs down to the academy award winning films throughout history honored on the columns lining the promenade and red tiled staircase. Their guide tells them about the Oscar ceremonies hosted at this location and other lesser known tales and gossip that we share with our custom tour guests on an excursion through time and film in Hollywood. And what tour of Hollywood is complete without a visit at the most famous landmark in all of Los Angeles….the Hollywood Sign.
Our Private Tour Guests Sparkle at
Disney Concert Hall
Even our experienced tour guides find the light around the Disney Concert Hall to be very unpredictable when it comes time to photograph their private Los Angeles tour guests near the extraordinary structure. Frank Gehry, the architect, in his desire to use brilliant curved surfaces to frame a building also had to contend with focused light reflecting off the silver metal in different directions at different times of the day throughout the year. We have stories to tell our guests about difficulties faced by neighboring offices, apartments and even pedestrians and the remedies employed to solve the problems. Still, it is an unforgettable building to see and we can generally find a place to pose our guests to capture a memorable image. It helps that we use an expensive digital SLR camera for our tours which allow us a number of ways to counter the tricky lighting. The Disney Concert Hall is across the street from the Music Center (Ahmanson Theater, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Mark Taper Forum) and the whole area is a wonder and delight to explore on a custom tour.
Another Downtown Los Angeles Tour Gem
This Saturday morning the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation is hosting an open house and tour of the newly renovated Theatre at Ace Hotel. For lovers of movies, film history, historic buildings and urban cores this event signals another great success in the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles and the return of a great movie palace to appreciative audiences. The theater was originally the United Artists Theatre and one of the three movie theaters (also Detroit and Chicago) constructed in 1927 by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in their new Hollywood enterprise. We do not get to see grand movie palaces like this very often and Los Angeles is becoming once again a hotbed of restored and modernized historic theaters (Grauman’s Chinese, El Capitan, Egyptian, and Million Dollar). We will be urging our private Los Angeles tour guests to let us take them Saturday morning to this event or just attend on their own to see the inner workings of the “new” theater in close-up detail with a knowledgeable docent leading the way.