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The Birthplace of Tinseltown

April 08, 2016

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From the moment you arrive in L.A., you’ll have countless Hollywood tours from which to choose, most focusing on the Walk of Fame or the Movie Stars’ Home Tour. We suggest something a little bit off the beaten path: a Historical Hollywood Tour led by local historian, Philip Mershon. This walking tour takes place within a quarter-mile radius of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street, less that 15 minutes from our West Hollywood hotel, but manages to vividly recreate Tinseltown in its early years, and the beginnings of the giant we know and love today. Discover the origins of the major film studios, radio and television networks and record companies on this nostalgic tour that will, without fail, spark your imagination. You won’t visit the Hollywood sign, Beverly Hills or Rodeo Drive, instead you’ll hear anecdotes of the Golden Age of film, see vintage photographs and connect to the rich history of Hollywood and the rise of the entertainment industry.

1500 Vine St., (statue in front), Los Angeles, California 90028