Hollywood Boulevard Walk

California, Los Angeles Guide (A): Hollywood Boulevard Walk

Hello, my name is Kelly Bowlin and I’ll be your tour guide on your stroll down Hollywood Boulevard. We’ll start at the east end of the street at the Pantages Theater because parking in this area is generally easier to find and it’s less crowded. While on your stroll be sure to look for all your favorite stars on the walkway.
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Guide Name: Hollywood Boulevard Walk
Guide Location: USA » Los Angeles
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (A))
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2.0 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Sight(s) featured in this guide: The Pantages Theater   Capital Records Building   Musso & Frank Grill   The Egyptian Theater   The Pig 'n Whistle Restaurant   The Guinness World of Records Museum   The Marilyn Monroe Star   Lucky Strike Lanes   The Kodak Theater   The Chinese Theater   The Roosevelt Hotel  
Author: Kelly Bowlin
Author Bio: Kelly Bowlin is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. He's written numerous travel features as well as two novels and 26 short stories.
Author Website: http://kwbshorts.utopianrealms.org
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The Pantages Theater

1) The Pantages Theater

The Pantages Theater in Hollywood is your first stop. This is because it sits at the east end of the tour with easier access and parking than you will find than in the more crowded sections of Hollywood Boulevard.

This famous theater was built in the 1930’s and has seen many renovations and face lifts. Billionaire Howard Hughes bought the property in the late 40’s and with all his pull in Hollywood, convinced the Academy of Motion Pictures to hold the Academy Awards there from 1949 to 1959. It was here in 1956 that Yul Bryner accepted his Academy Award for his performance in The King and I.

The theater also hosted the Emmy awards until 1977.

Don’t be fooled by the rather plain exterior. The interior has been beautifully restored with elaborate woodwork and seating and features a state of the art sound system.

Today it’s used primarily for live theater and it holds the distinction for having the highest grossing weeks Los Angeles theater history.

Opens nightly 7 days a week for live theater.
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Capital Records Building

2) Capital Records Building

When you’re in in front of the Capital Records Tower, you have to use your imagination. Imagine that you’re looking at a stack of records that is 13 stories high. Hey, I didn’t think they made 13 story buildings. Anyway, the tower was built in 1956 to resemble a stack of records.

Now imagine seeing one of the famous acts that signed a record deal with Capital Records like The Beatles, or The Beach Boys, or Pink Floyd, or the Chairman…Frank Sinatra getting out of a limo and walking through the front door.

You’ll have to imagine because the building has no tours and if you stand out front too long, a grumpy attendant will tell you to stop loitering. Just tell him you were trying to find the place where your good friend John Lennon cut his first big record deal.

Speaking of John Lennon, his star is located right in front of the building.

Imagine John singing Imagine and head to the next stop.

Not open to the public.
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Musso & Frank Grill

3) Musso & Frank Grill

No visit to Hollywood would be complete without a visit to Musso & Frank Grill. Built in 1919, the restaurant claims to be the oldest, still operating restaurant in Hollywood. To look at the paint chipped, neglected exterior you might agree, but looks are deceiving. This restaurant is still one of the best dinner houses around.

We’re talking an old-school, chop-house, steak and potato’s featuring large slabs of meat served by red jacketed waiters, some of whom have spent their entire careers working there. Steaks and chops are served ala carte and my pan-seared New York Strip was fantastic.

This was home to the old school power lunch, particularly screenwriters whose writers guild was located nearby. Writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and even Ernest Hemingway drank and ate in one of the many cozy, power booths.

Since its right in the heart of Hollywood Boulevard new celebrities have been spotted there including Keith Richard who had a party of 14 during the Stones 1997 tour. Tom Sellek and Al Pacino also have their favorite tables when they’re in town.

Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Closed Sunday and Monday
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The Egyptian Theater

4) The Egyptian Theater

The Egyptian Theater built in 1922 is one of the oldest theaters in Los Angeles and is considered one of the great icons of Hollywood Boulevard.

From the street, it’s hard to see just how massive this theater is and you’ll need to walk into the columned courtyard to get a better look.

Setting the trend for the other grand theaters of the boulevard, the interior features a rich mixture of ornate woodwork, tiling and soft lighting.

The theater was originally used for live shows and then became one of the top destination for blockbuster movie premiers including the original Robin Hood, Ben Hur and the Ten Commandments.

Today you can view new releases on the massive big screen.

The theater operates a guided tour which will take you behind the scenes to the back dressing rooms, singing boxes and projection room. For information on tickets, go to the box office or call 323-461-2020. The first tour starts at 10:30 a.m. and they take about 60 minutes.

Box office is open 7 days a week. Show times very. For information call 323-461-2020
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The Pig 'n Whistle Restaurant

5) The Pig 'n Whistle Restaurant

The Pig ‘n Whistle restaurant is located just outside the entrance to the Egyptian Theater. Like the Egyptian, The Pig ‘n Whistle was built in the late 20’s and has the distinction of holding the first Oscar after-party.

It’s reminiscent of old Hollywood and features dramatic vaulted ceilings, heavy beams, detailed mahogany, wood work and cozy booths. It’s been through several renovations but the ceiling and upper walls are all part of the original building.

Because of its proximity to the Egyptian, The Pig ‘n Whistle became a noted watering hole for many celebrities including Shirley Temple who was a regular customer and Spencer Tracy.

While the restaurant does feature a full dinner menu, it’s probably most noted for its pub style, comfort food. Order a steak and be satisfied but eat the Fish and Chips and say wow!

Hours:

Sunday – Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Thursday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
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The Guinness World of Records Museum

6) The Guinness World of Records Museum

As you begin to head back to your starting point, on the south side of the street you’ll find the Guinness World of Records Museum. Some people find it tacky, others find it interesting. Just standing next to the life size sculpture of the World’s Tallest Man at the entrance is fun. At least you’ll know what it’s like to stand next to an NBA center.

The Museum is divided into seven sections including: Human world, Animal World, Planet Earth, Structures and Machines, Sports World, and The World of Entertainment. The facility itself is polished and clean and is a pleasant diversion from the noise and bustle of the street.

Hours

10:00 a.m. to midnight
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The Marilyn Monroe Star

7) The Marilyn Monroe Star

The iconic Marilyn Monroe whose star sits at 6794 Hollywood Boulevard. Go ahead, lay down and have someone snap a picture of you next to the star. It’s a guilty pleasure everyone enjoys.

You’ve been walking over and around these stars all day. They cover a 15 block segment along Hollywood Boulevard and a 3 block segment of Vine Street to where it connects with Hollywood Boulevard. There are more than 2500 stars imbedded at six foot intervals throughout the street. Each star is maintained by the Historic Trust of Hollywood and they are coral-pink terrazzo five-point stars rounded with brass.

Below each inscription in the lower half of the star field is a round inlaid emblem which indicates the category of the honoree’s contribution. There are five categories: Classic Film, Television, Phonograph, Radio, and Theater.

That’s the end of our tour. Hope you enjoyed your stroll on Hollywood Boulevard. Take care and travel safe.
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Lucky Strike Lanes

8) Lucky Strike Lanes

The Lucky Strike Lanes are located in the North East corner of the Hollywood and Highland Center that also includes the Kodak Theater. They all share the same physical address. To get to the Lanes from The Kodak Theater you will enter the giant Hollywood and Highland Center which includes shopping, restaurants and amazing nightclubs. You could probably spend a whole day shopping and eating and clubbing, but for now, it’s merely going to serve as our passageway between the theater and bowling alley.

Lucky Strike Lanes is a visual feast of old and new, of art, and music, and neon lights and a bar top constructed from the number 7 lane of the famous Stars Lanes in Hollywood which was used to film The Big Lebowski.

At the end of the lanes are giant video screens which play a combination of movie clips, music videos and electronic images which appear to the pulsating beat of round the clock rock and roll and disco.

Usually bowling alley food is pretty lousy, but not here. The burgers and finger foods are fantastic so who cares if you throw a bunch of gutter balls, you’ll be too full to care.

Hours:

Monday – Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Thursday – Friday 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Saturday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Age Policy

21+ After 7:00 p.m. daily
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The Kodak Theater

9) The Kodak Theater

The Kodak Theater is a striking example of new age, big-money Hollywood and it sits in contrast with its next door neighbor, the Chinese Theater which symbolizes a bi-gone era of old Hollywood.

The Theater is most famous because it’s the permanent host of the Academy Awards and is also used for the American Idle finale. But it’s also a world class concert venue and has featured several national acts from Alicia Keys to the Dixie Chicks to Celine Dion and it has also housed performances by the American Ballet Company and touring Broadway productions.

A 30 minute tour takes you inside the theater and behind the scenes. It runs Monday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. accept on days when a concert or other production is taking place.

Built at a cost of $94 Million, the interior is a breathtaking mix of rich cherrywood, deep plumb upholstery and topped by a magnificent silver- leafed tiara which disguises an immense lighting grid system used for large productions.

Tour Hours

Monday - Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and older and $10 for children

Box Office

Monday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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The Chinese Theater

10) The Chinese Theater

The Chinese Theater is truly one of the great landmarks in Hollywood or even California for that matter. The Chinese Theater is Hollywood and has been the focal point of the movie Industry since it opened its doors in 1927. It is arguably the most famous theater in the world.

The Chinese Theater is also sought by producers as the top destination for premiering movies and when you visit the interior you’ll see why. The immense, ornate, wood carved interior spectacle seats 2000 people. For a movie premier, the red carpet gets rolled out to Hollywood Boulevard where stars make their camera popping, fan-screaming walk to fame and stardom.

Everyone’s guilty pleasure though is to spend time in the theater forecourt where old and new stars alike have left their hand and footprints for time and all posterity. Wow John Wayes boot print is pretty big and double wow, look how tiny Marilyn Monroe’s spiked pumps were.

The Theater offers several daily, 30 minute tours of the interior and exterior of the building full of all kinds of fun filled facts about yesterday and today’s Hollywood.

Tickets are $12.50 per person and the first tour starts at 10:00 a.m. Call 323-463-9576 for more information

Movie Times Vary

The first guided tour starts at 10:00 a.m. There are no tours if a new movie is premiering on the premises.

The forecourt is open 24/7.
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The Roosevelt Hotel

11) The Roosevelt Hotel

The Roosevelt Hotel was built in 1927 by a group of West Coast movie makers that included Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. It is located across from the Chinese Theater and has seen a virtual who’s who of Hollywood pass through its doors.

Clark Gable and Carol Lombard stayed in the Penthouse Suite. David Niven lived in the servants quarters when he came to Hollywood and a young Marilyn Monroe posed on the diving board at the swimming pool for her first suntan add. Shirley Temple even took her first tap lessons on the ornate, tile stairway.

In modern times, the poolside Tropicana Bar has attracted the likes of Lindsay Lohan, Bruce Willis, Jake Gyllenhaal and Topher Grace and Courtney Love who once passed out in the Hotel and was taken away by paramedics.

A hidden gem located in the hotel is the small hamburger diner with an entrance on Hollywood Boulevard called 25 Degree’s. Don’t get fancy, try the Build Your Own Burger with as many gourmet toppings as you’ll find anywhere from point reyes blue cheese to farm house cheddar, to Benedictine goat cheese, and oh, did I forget to mention caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon? I just wish I was there, I’m hungry just thinking about it.

Open Year Round

25 Degree’s is also open 24 hours, 7 days

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