LOS ANGELES MOVIE LOCATION TOUR
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has joined with Hollywood’s Starline Tours for the ultimate movie-lovers tour of Los Angeles for tourists to Tinsel-Town. The tour visits, or at least passes over 50 classic famous and not—quite-so-famous movie locations in Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. A special custom tour bus has been fitted with a 65" HDTV flat screen so that clips from the movies in question can be shown in connection with the locations appearing outside the windows. The trip is accompanied by an expert tour guide to provide in-depth commentary on the behind-the-scenes story of the movie productions and history of the various locations, and aside from the live guide, additional insights are provided by multiple video segments featuring TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, whose family has long and illustrious connection to the movie industry- his grandfather was the screenwriter of Orson Well’s “Citizen Kane”, Herman Mankiewicz and his great-uncle was producer, director, Joseph L. Mankiewicz.
The tour brings many of Los Angeles' greatest movie locations to life as we pass them in our custom bus while viewing the related movie clips on a 65" HDTV. This experience is complemented by our expert tour guide who provides the kind of expert commentary and behind-the-scenes insights that TCM is known for. There are also multiple video segments featuring TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, whose family has a long and illustrious connection to the movie industry, providing additional insights and a true insider's point of view.
Some sights are iconic, like the Paramount Gate where Norma Desmond arrived from her close-up in the Sunset Boulevard, and the Hollywood Chinese Theater with all this footprints, while the streets of downtown Los Angeles have been used to portray countless cities from New York to Tokyo, where the famed Bradbury Building has stood in for film noir classics to the future dystopian world of “Blade Runner”, and Los Angeles’ Union Station as filled in for countless rail stations for movies set in the 1920s to 1950s.
The tour covers locations from the full range of movies both past and recent including: Transformers, Iron Man, The Muppets, Star Trek, Batman, The Dark Night Rises, The Fast & the Furious, Spider-Man, Chinatown, The Aviator, Independence Day, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Artist, Blade Runner, Pretty Woman, Speed, The Italian Job, Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, Funny Girl, Bugsy, Rebel Without a Cause, D.O.A., Double Indemnity, and even the silent movie classics of Charlie Chaplin, Mae West, Harold Lloyd, Laurel & Hardy & Buster Keaton.
Standard Price for the tour is $60 Adult and $45 Child, with a discount if purchased online. The tours last about 3 hours and start at the Hollywood Chinese Theater, or pick up at your hotel can be arranged at a slightly higher price. The bus has stadium seating so that everyone has a clear view of the big screen up front, high panoramic windows, including retractable side windows and skylight windows to allow maximum viewing of the movie locations - especially in the tall building streets of Downtown LA.
AREAS OF LOS ANGELES COVERED ON THE TOUR
Hollywood: Surrounding the movie town's most famous street Hollywood Boulevard, With its movies palaces and studios.
Downtown Los Angeles: Many of "Hollywood"'s premiere movie locations are downtown where the urban center has historic streetscapes and landmark buildings. The tour includes two stops Downtown to visit the interiors of two of the most spectacular movie locations in Los Angeles - the Bradbury Building & Union Station.
Wilshire: The spine of Los Angeles with many Art Deco buildings from the 1920's & 1930's, as well as urban parks and ethnic neighborhoods.
Angelino Heights: A residential neighborhood in the shadow of Downtown where many original wooden clapboard houses featured as period L.A.
Echo Park: Centered around its famous lake & park, this was a popular silent-movie location in the early days of Hollywood.
Silverlake: Was home of many of the early movie studios, and is now a popular Bohemian neighborhood.
Griffith Park: home to the iconic Hollywood Sign & landmark Griffith Observatory (is viewed from a distance). © Bargain Travel West
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