On the Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes Tour you will see many of Hollywood's most famous landmarks including Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign. You will also see many great but lesser known landmarks such as the El Capitan Theatre (Disney's premiere theatre), Grauman's Egyptian Theatre (where the movie premiere was born), and the only fully intact "speakeasy" in Los Angeles.
Their unique “live-audio" system allows customers to hear the tour guide even over the most extreme city noise. Customers wear an audio headset receiver while the tour guide wears a headset microphone transmitter. The tour guide is audible from a distance of 300+ feet and over car and bus traffic, construction noise and other distractions. The system is also helpful for our hard of hearing guests who can adjust sound levels to their comfort. This is not a pre-recorded tour.
We really enjoyed this tour as we learnt a lot about Hollywood and its history, we felt we got a lot from it which you wouldn't get if you walked around Hollywood Blvd yourself. It is not a long walk so is suitable for people all ages.
We paid $20 each a felt it was worth doing.
Take a stroll down Hollywood Blvd. - there's lots to see. First and foremost the STARS! The "Walk of Fame" goes along Hollywood Blvd. from La Brea all the way down to Gower, as well as along Vine Street down to Sunset. But don't forget to look up as well as you walk amongst the Stars - there are many sights to see: Galaxy Theater Complex, Chinese Theater, Kodak Theater shopping complex, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the El Capitan Theater, Max Factor museum (on Highland), Hollywood Wax Museum, Ridgley's Believe it or not, Guiness World of Records, Frederick's of Hollywood, the Pig-n-Whistle restaurant, the Egyptian Theater, mixed in between numerous little souvenier-shops, as well as tatoo-parlors, and punk-rock stores. Of course there are also many little eateries and bars, and a variety of street-performers. Plenty of stuff to fill an entire afternoon and evening.
Factoid: besides tourists, Hollywood Blvd. has also a tendency to attract riff-raff and low-lives. So hold on to your purses. We'd recommend you stay in the LaBrea/Highland area (around the Chinese theater) at evening and night time. Oh yeah - also be aware: you might get offered a "free stress test" - this is a service from the people of Scientology! (A religion founded by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.)
Check out the shoe size of your favorite Hollywood actors and actresses.
Just be careful, when you are going on the floor to pose for the camera that no eager silly tourist step on your hand or fall over you.
It is kinda of fun to seek and search and find Hollywood's Who's Who.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is lots of fun.
I had heard stories that it was really scruffy, but it's not. Apparently Hollywood is going through a renaissance and getting a big cleanup.
It's gret walking up and down and reading the names on the stars, trying to get a pic beside your favourites.
All along the street by Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Kodak building etc, are actors dressed up as movie and tv characters. For a small tip they'll pose for a pic.
There's a gift shop/souvenir shop on that side of the street where you can buy tiny shot glasses with your name in a star (if you can find your name) and cute Hollywood star fridge magnets. Tacky, probably, but "must have" souvenirs.
The Walk of Fame stretches along Hollywood Blvd. starting at the corner of Hollywood & Vine. The tradition was started in 1960 by the local chamber of commerce with the aim of boosting tourism and trying to restore some of the boulevard's original glamour. Stars chosen to be included in the walk have to part with thousands of dollars for the privilage, and names to be found include Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, The Rolling Stones and many more.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is probably one of the most famous sites in LA. People of the movie and television industries, radio performers, and people in the music indsutry are immortalized here on the Walk of Fame. People who made significant contributions to the showbiz industry, whether it's from the silent era or from a few years ago, are given a star on the Walk of Fame. More than 2.300 stars have been given. Wear good walking shoes as the Walk of Fame, amazingly enough, stretches for 18 blocks!
What a frustration!!
I was waiting for something else!!
The Hollywood Stars are not very good kept. ( I wrote it in 2001)
On my last trip to LA ,I visit Hollywood again as my sister told me good changes were made over there... It was true, now is very good kept (it was easy as before was almost nasty)
The Scientologists are runnig this neighborhood now, they are trying to get people to their "religion", they have a bus going around the area where they talk about their science.
The Walk of Fame runs east to west on Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue, and north to south on Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard. Created in 1958, the Walk of Fame has become a tribute to artists working within the entertainment industry
If you visit LA and you don't at least drive or walk along the walk of fame aka Hollywood Boulevard, then think you've missed the point.
They've cleaned up the seedier side of the street now and it's niccer than it was in 1995. Tinseltown it maybe ... but glitz and wonderful it isn't. Having said that the it is one of the MUST SEE's on anyones list to LA.
I have yet to find a cheap or free booklet of the walk of fame listing each and every star and where it is and why they got it etc. But I keep looking. (Anyone knowing of such a book can you let me know pleaseeeeeee).
From the Chienese Theatre, Ripley's Believe It Or Not to Fredericks of Hollywood. Hollywood Boulevard is a must see if only once. If you are driving there, there is a nice little parking place off the main road in Charokee Av I think .. but it's been a few years since I was there .
Enjoy, and when you stand on a star ... maybe ... just maybe your dreams can come true......
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street which is embedded with more than 2,000 five-pointed stars featuring the names of celebrities honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for their contributions to the entertainment industry. Each star consists of a pink star with the name of the honoree engraved in bronze, below which is a round bronze emblem indicating the category for which the honoree received the star. New stars are chosen from nominees, which are due on May 31 of each year. The Walk of Fame committee meets each June to selecte the honorees for the following year. Star ceremonies are open to the public and are emceed by Johnny Grant, Hollywood's Honorary Mayor.
Our expectations were let down here. Honestly, we thought it was going to be a lot more glamourous than what it was. The walk itself is located on Hollywood Boulevarde which itself wasnt glamourous at all. But the disappointing thing for us was that a lot of the stars were people we had never heard of. Some were B grade actors who starred in some trashy film years ago. Some were rich people who simply paid a price to be on one of the stars. Sometimes there would be 1 star with a name on it, then 4 blank, then 2 with names and a few more blank. It just didnt seem organised or special in any way. We cant imagine a real star even bothering going there to have their name placed on one. It was actually a little tacky.
It was also a little strange having a man with no legs and worn-out clothes crawling along polishing the stars throughout the day. We realise its probably a good thing that he has a job or an interest, but it wasnt the glamourous sight that we expected.
But, we were in Hollywood, so we ventured along the whole walk and took shots of the stars we knew and thought deserved to be there. I guess its another thing that you need to do if making the effort to go to LA, but you arent missing much if you cant make it to see them.
It all begins at this beautiful statue, which epitomizes all of Hollywood's glitz and glamor. From this point, you start into the very heart of Hollywood. Remember, Hollywood Blvd is the only place where you look DOWN to see stars.
By the way, the first two stars on the Walk of Fame: the Beatles and Elvis Presley. You may have heard of them.