Tour the Homes of Hollywood Classics — For Free!
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, TCM is taking fans on an astonishing bus tour of old Hollywood.
Los Angeles residents and tourists alike are usually either stunned or thrilled to find out they’re living, staying, working or shopping in the very same locations where Hollywood legends were born. Now through April 14th, you can find out all about the Hollywood happenings on the street where you live, thanks to Turner Classic Movies’ Movie Location Tour, which is being offered to fans for free, in celebration of the network’s 20th anniversary.
Collaborating with Starline Tours, which began giving celebrity home tours back in 1935, TCM has outfitted a huge, stadium-seating bus with a 65-inch screen where you’re shown clips from films that were shot in the locations you’re cruising by. The effect is as if you’re gliding through L.A. in the comfort of your own living room, and TCM host Ben Mankiewicz just stopped in to comment on what’s happened in the neighborhood.
The tour begins behind the TCL theater on the Walk of Fame, and whisks you all the way downtown and back, pointing out locations where Hollywood royalty both old and new, such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Gloria Swanson, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Harrison Ford, Russell Crowe, Steve Martin, Julia Roberts, Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio and hundreds more lived, worked and played.
That Target where you just picked up some plastic storage bins? It used to be the home of United Artists, the studio that gave us movies like The African Queen and West Side Story, not to mention TV shows like Gilligan’s Island and The Fugitive. Yes, you might be buying cow’s milk where those seven stranded castaways swilled coconut milk. Come to think of it, the TCM expedition is also a three-hour tour…
And who knew that the old Victorians on Bunker Hill were the birthplace of film noir? Or that the vintage communities of Echo Park and Silver Lake have doubled as cities from Brooklyn to San Francisco and were home to Charlie Chaplin and Walt Disney when they were freshly arrived in Los Angeles?
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If you’re going to be anywhere near L.A. in the next few weeks and are interested in seeing where so many classic movies were filmed, we’d recommend you go to the TCM site to book a tour ASAP, if not sooner. They’re free through April 14, although you might have to pay for parking at Hollywood and Highland. Most tours run daily on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., but there are a few on select Wednesdays, and a handful of tours starting at 9:30 and 1:30. Visit the website for specifics.
And if you miss out on the freebies, check back with Starline Tours. Something tells us public demand will convince them to continue this tour on a regular basis.More Famous Spots Around Hollywood:
- Inside the Famed Greystone Mansion
- Tour the Legendary Beverly House
- Airbnb's Celebrity-Designed Pop-Up Rooms in Famous L.A. Settings