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One day in Hollywood for someone who loves the old movies??

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One day in Hollywood for someone who loves the old movies??

Any suggestions of what to do?

I've looked at the studio tours but they seem to focus on TV shows more.

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Liz

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1. Re: One day in Hollywood for someone who loves the old movies??

What movies do you love? What do you mean by "old" movies? When is your trip?

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2. Re: One day in Hollywood for someone who loves the old movies??

You might want to Google for shooting locations from your favorite movies - the simple fact is that as time has gone by lots of these locations are no longer there or have changed enough that you wouldn't recognize them from the films, but they're still there. The Biltmore hotel in downtown LA hosted the Academy Awards back in the old days and there are photos in their lobby from the ceremonies. A lot of the places that celebrities used to hang out in in the old days are gone, but a few are still around like Musso & Frank's Grill in Hollywood.

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3. Re: One day in Hollywood for someone who loves the old movies??

Agree, you need to be more specific. You want to see old film, sets, or what? There are books on movie locations (e.g., Union Station, used in lots of 1940s films, and the Bradbury Building, used in "Blade Runner"). Esoteric Tours had a tour on places where old detective movie were shot.

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4. Re: One day in Hollywood for someone who loves the old movies??

The physical area of Hollywood is different from Hollywood the industry.

There are a few places like Musso & Frank, The Pig & Whistle, the Egyptian, El Capitan & Chinese theaters that evoke the old days, but the Hollywood crowd hung out at a lot of places that no longer exist like the Brown Derby, Coconut Grove, Chasen's, etc.

The Seeing Stars website has a lot of cool stuff on it.

www.seeing-stars.com/Landmarks/index.shtml

Edited: 06 June 2013, 17:52
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5. Re: One day in Hollywood for someone who loves the old movies??

Take a look at the LA Conservancy's website. They are running their annual Last Remaining Seats Tour. They also offer walking tours of the historic theaters in downtown LA. These theaters date from early Hollywood (i.e. pre-WWII).

If you're looking for more recent films, the New Beverly Cinema is good in terms of programming, although the theatre itself is a dump. The Egyptian Theater as home if the American Cinemateque is very worthwhile. Check both of their websites.

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6. Re: One day in Hollywood for someone who loves the old movies??

Make sure you go to the Chinese Theater to see the footprints. Here's a map of the footprints -- I don't remember if they give out copies so you might try to print it tclchinesetheatres.com//wp-content/uploads/2…

As Scott says, the physical area of Hollywood is different from Hollywood the industry. Many people are quite surprised at how different they are

When you're driving around the city yourself you can go by Fox studios (which used to be "20th Century Fox") at 10201 W Pico Blvd and Sony Studios which used to be MGM Studios (10202 W Washington Blvd )

Also take a look at seeing-stars.com/studios/culverstudios.shtml though it looks very different than the pictures shown on that web site

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7. Re: One day in Hollywood for someone who loves the old movies??

Wow... Thanks for all the great ideas, I will spend a bit of time looking at those websites. Its the films of the 40s and 50s I really love and the idea of Culver studios where Gone With The Wind was filmed is brilliant!!! Would have been gutted if I had missed that.

Thanks again

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8. Re: One day in Hollywood for someone who loves the old movies??

You still haven't elaborated much on what you mean by the old movies and what you're looking for, but you can take a walking tour of Sony Studios in Culver City. Warner Brothers tour in Burbank is more extensive but I, too, have heard it stresses TV shows now.

-Look at sites like http://www.seeing-stars.com/locations/ (scroll down and its shows filming locations for films from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, etc. Just walking around downtown, visiting Union Station, the Bradbury Building and the outside of the L.A. City Hall should remind you of some old movies. And, as noted, the hallway of the main floor of the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel has photos of when the Academy Awards ceremonies took place there.

-Paramount Movie Ranch might be of some interest nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/paramountranch.htm

-Now, if you were a film of Westerns, etc. and could take a weekend trip, the Alabama Hills, near Lone Pine, were the site of many, many movie shootings. Closer to L.A.,. Vasquez Rocks County Park has been seen in many movies and TV shows.

Edited: 06 June 2013, 20:50
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9. Re: One day in Hollywood for someone who loves the old movies??

You might find this interesting:

hollywoodheritage.org/museum/museum.html

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