A Walk of Hollywood Boulevard: Architecture, History & the Stories Behind The Scenes

Los Angeles, CA

  • The sign in front of the Egyptian Theater.
  • Imagine walking down the courtyard of the Egyptian to your movie premier.
  • Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in "Swing Time."
  • Fred Astaire's star in front of Donner King.
  • The sign outside of El Capitan Theater.
  • The marquee in front of El Capitan.
  • Marilyn at the Tropicana Pool.
  • The sun shines on the Roosevelt Hotel.
  • The Chinese Theater setting up for a red carpet movie premier.
  • The Dolby Theater arcade entrance.
  • Wolverine walking around the Dolby Theater.
  • The courtyard of the Hollywood & Highland Center.
  • Head up to the bridge for the best views of the Hollywood sign.

2 hours
0.8 mi
Guided by Ian
Ian Donahue


Unless they are heading to a movie premiere, most Angelinos steer clear of the tourist trap that is Hollywood Boulevard. Still, there is a lot of great cinematic history, architecture and fun to be had as well. Come join us on a discerning walk along the boulevard with a focus on significant gems of Old Hollywood and the renaissance of the modern day entertainment district.

About Your Guide

I am the head of product at a VR company, but in my free time, you can find me hiking to the Hollywood sign, ordering craft cocktails downtown, biking on the boardwalk in Santa Monica, and sampling bulgogi in Koreatown.

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Guide Points

  1. The Egyptian Theatre

    We kick off the guide of where the idea of Hollywood as a movie mecca began. In the 1920s, real estate developer Charles E. Toberman owned…

  2. Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Walk of Fame Stars

    You have likely noticed that the sidewalks feature brass names set into red marble stars. This is the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which celebr…

  3. El Capitan Theatre

    After completing the Egyptian Theater, Grauman went to work on a second Hollywood theater. Though it had a different style and intention, i…

  4. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

    Plenty of history and secrets are kept within the walls of the oldest, continually operating hotel in Los Angeles. In 1927, a consortium o…

  5. TCL Chinese Theatre

    This is the last of Grauman's movie palaces and his most famous. The Chinese Theater opened in 1927 and has been the grandest one on Holly…

  6. Dolby Theatre

    Since its debut in 2001, the Dolby Theatre has been the host of Hollywood's biggest night: the Academy Awards. The theater is ridiculously…

  7. The Best View of the Hollywood Sign

    You may have already been able to sneak some good peeks of the iconic Hollywood sign but the fourth floor of the Hollywood & Highland Cente…

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