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Hollywood is Holly-Weird

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A December 2010 trip to Hollywood by MilwVon

Marilyn Monroes Star Photo, Hollywood, California More Photos
Quote: Seems the locals all know that Hollywood is just not like the outside world. More than once I heard someone tied to the tourism industry there refer to it as Holly-Weird.

An Afternoon in Holly-Weird

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Starline Tours Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Hollywood is a very eclectic and rather bizarre place. As our bus turned the corner onto Hollywood Blvd to head up to the street address of 6925, it was as though we had turned down a block into some foreign country or perhaps onto an actual movie set. Just beyond the H&H Mall, was Grauman's Chinese Theatre, a true icon in LA's rich history.Our little group of four (a couple from Dallas, a lady from Jacksonville, FL and me) got off the bus as we were led over to the Starline tour kiosk. We were like kids, in awe as a Michael Jackson impersonator pimped for photos at the Walk of Fame Star honoring the singer . . . SpongeBob Square Pants was waving to children . . . and Spiderman was ...Read More

Hollywood Museum

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Attraction | "A Wonderful Collection of Hollywood's Best"

Hollywood Museum Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Located right off Hollywood Blvd and the main attractions of Hollywood is the old Max Factor building, make-up artist to the stars during Hollywood’s glamour years. While they boast a huge museum collection of over 10,000 "showbiz treasures" (which do not disappoint), I think I may have been more impressed with the archival collection of artifacts from his early days in Hollywood.The museum consists of three floors of memorabilia, including the Max Factor four make-up rooms (each specially designed based on the lady’s hair color . . . blondes, brunettes, red heads and brownettes) on the ground level/first floor. Also on the first floor was a small video room showing a continuous loop doc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2010

Hollywood Museum
1660 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, California
323/464-7776

Mel's Drive-In

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Restaurant | "Decent Burger in Hollywood"

Mel's Drive-In Photo, West Hollywood, California
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Arriving in Hollywood from San Diego, I was pretty hungry and ready for lunch. There are a lot of touristy places near the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, but I opted to walk beyond the big H&H Mall to find something that would be quick. While I was tempted by the Pig n Whistle on Hollywood Blvd, it look like it was priced for tourists so I went past there. I eventually settled in on Mel's Diner, which is also recreated on the MGM Hollywood walk in the Disney theme park as a tribute to the "real" Hollywood. They had a huge banner promoting their all-day breakfast, which admittedly looked pretty good as it seemed many in LA were dining over breakfast meals at two in the afternoon. I howe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2010

Mel's Drive-In
1650 North Highland Avenue
West Hollywood, California 90069
(323) 465-2111

Starline Tours

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Attraction | "Movie Stars' Home Tour"

Starline Tours Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Starline Tours offers several different packages that include Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the other areas in and around Los Angeles. I thoroughly enjoyed my two hour Movie Stars' Home Tour, which was a comfortable and leisurely way to see what is visible to the general public on the many streets throughout Beverly Hills and Hollywood.Our driver and guide was a young man named Peter (Pete). He was a very personable guy, and like so many in LA, a currently out of work actor. He told us that he is doing the tour guiding on the weekends, as he has for over 10 years. He has two small sitcom appearances to his credit: Joey's buddy during an episode of Friends and someone in the "Kenny Roge...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2010

Starline Tours
6925 Hollywood Blvd, #518
Los Angeles, California
800/959-3131

Starline Tours

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Attraction | "Mixed Opinion on This Tour Option"

Starline Tours Photo, Los Angeles, California
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Starline Tours offers a number of Los Angeles based tours out of several locations around the city. Their location at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood is a good spot to start your LA based tour especially if you are hoping to take in places like Santa Monica, Hollywood and downtown LA.The HoHo as it is known is actually four routes available at a single daily or two day price. For the one day (actually 24 hours), prices are $35 for adults and $20 for kids and if you’re a family out sightseeing, $100 will cover two adults and up to three kids. The two day (48 hours) tour is $50 for adults, $30 for kids and $145 for a family. This is by far the easiest and least expensive way to get...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 5, 2010

Starline Tours
6925 Hollywood Blvd, #518
Los Angeles, California
800/959-3131