Historical Hollywood Walking Tour
Uncover the hidden side of Hollywood on a history-filled tour that reveals how it all began. Learn about an era before glitz and glam found a home among these hills as you stroll along an iconic avenue.
What You Will Do
- Hear all about the Hollywood of years past on a guided walking tour that traces the development of the movie industry and more
- Dive into the story behind the origins of the film studios, television networks and record companies that thrive here
- Follow a stretch of Sunset Boulevard with an expert guide filling you in on all the secrets of Hollywood
- Guided historical tour of Hollywood
Please check in 15 minutes prior to tour departure time. Please wear sun block and comfortable shoes, and bring a camera. There are many great restaurants on the tour route if you want to have a bite or drink before or after the tour. Guests must be at least 16 years old.
- 343 Ratings
Philip was an excellent, knowledgeable and kind host. Easily one of the best tours I’ve ever been on!
Phil was really knowledgeable and was a great speaker! We were thoroughly impressed and learned so much on our tour. I highly recommend it to anyone living in LA or visiting. They don't share this information on TMZ/celebrity tours!
Phil is an incredible guide. From start to finish he struck just the right tone between a business-like subject matter expert and a wise-cracking performer. He told us SO MANY amazing things about the origins of this crazy industry and all in a very surprisingly small radius. If you're in any way interested in how and where broadcasting began, what started it all off and how - this is the tour to go on. The experience of walking the street is way better than any studio tour I've been on. Not to say the studio tours (WB, Paramount) aren't good but rather this tour is especially unique - all because of the guide. He's so passionate about the subject and delivers all this sheer gold on you with such great skill - it'll be the best $40 you spend in a while. Go on your own, go on a date, go with your mum (like one guy did) or with your sister (like I did). Regrets? Yeah, one: I didn't go on this sooner.
A highly detailed and entertaining walk through old Hollywood and the places where it all began.
I really loved this tour because it gave me a really deep and detailed story of how Hollywood began. Phillip has a wonderful story that he tells from beginning to end in a effortless way. He is very considerate of finding shady areas to stop where he can tell the stories to you won't be sweating or dying of heatstroke! Without spoiling anything, I absolutely loved the summation of the tour where Phillip lists all the various places you have visited in just under two hours! I would recommend this tour to people who want to hear a real history of LA and Hollywood that is complex, but so well articulated that you will get so many details in an easy fashion.
Great tour!!! It was my second time going with friends and I loved it!
Tour was amazing. Couldn't have been happier. In addition to being a fountain of knowledge, Philip's wonderfully witty personality made for incredibly entertaining storytelling. If you have a serious interest in how and where Hollywood's entertainment business came to be you will find no better guide into that world than Philip.
Excellent information on historical facts. Though the monologue approach did not work for me. Allowing questions throughout the tour rather than the end would have made it more personalised and interactive.
Philip's knowledge of the subject matter (Hollywood history) is what really makes this tour great. His delivery is lively, informative, engrossing, and humorous. I have found that sometimes when I take a guided tour, my mind wanders a bit, but not on this one. I was fully absorbed and trying to retain all the information Philip was imparting. Also, by focusing on one particular stretch of Sunset Boulevard, he's able to really drill down into its history and provide a lot of background information that you might not necessarily get if you were just riding on a bus through the neighborhood. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who's fascinated with Hollywood history.
Felix was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Hollywood's origins and its growth. Plus, he tells great stories of all the personalities involved!
In the space of 90 minutes Philip provided us with a wealth of facts and insights concerning the people and events which combined to make Hollywood such a fascinating and glamorous place and which gave us some of the greatest actors and films of the twentieth century and beyond. His witty and engaging style together with lots of photos and anecdotes and stopping at long-gone landmarks along a small stretch of Sunset Boulevard to explain their significance which we would have missed on our own kept us enthralled to the end. Well worth doing if you are interested in the history of Hollywood. and anecdotes kept us spellbound and
This tour was amazing! Felix took us back in time, all the way back to the beginning of what we know Hollywood to be today and told us how and where it all started. He is very knowledgeable about the history of the main film studios, music venues and people that made it all happen. If you want to escape the craziness of the Walk of Fame and get a sense of what Hollywood’s film and music history is really about, then this tour is a must!!
The Felix in Hollywood tour is highly informative, researched in depth and delivered with brio.
By far the BEST tour in L.A.! My husband and I were very excited about the Historical Hollywood tour and based on the previous reviews expected it to be great, but it was even better than great; it was AWESOME! I would highly recommend above all the Studio Tours if you are an old Hollywood lover. The studio tours, while good in their own right, only give you a slice of history, while this tour focuses on it. Philip (your tour guide) has absolutely mastered the history of Hollywood and it's more than you could imagine. He truly is a subject matter expert and a wonderful story teller. You must be in order to recreate what, in most cases, has been torn down, re-purposed and commercialized. There is so much cool history (film, TV, and radio) in that mile on Sunset that has been lost. It was an absolute joy to rediscover it all with Philip.
Best film tour I've ever been on -- learned a ton! Ordinarily, I find myself already knowing the stories/factoids that the tour guides tell -- but your tour? Holy shit! You're truly doing the lord's work, chum. Thanks for pulling the past into the present!
What an amazing tour! A half mile of Sunset changed the world, and continues to do so today. I’m still thinking about everything I learned almost a week ago.
Philip is really fun and has done his homework well. We were a group of people who all grew up in and around the neighborhood and thought we pretty much knew everything about our little corner of the universe and just expected a nice little stroll and some laughs. We were very surprised to hear information new to our ears. And presented in such an entertaining way. Bravo!!
Felix was a very informative and interesting tour guide. I learned a lot about how Hollywood evolved. Loved the tour. Highly recommend this tour who is interested in a detailed history of how it all began from someone who is knowledgeable and passionate about what happened in these few blocks of Hollywood history.
This was truly a great tour! We learned so much and felt like we got so much more than a typical tourist trap tour. Philip has a wealth of knowledge. Highly recommend!!
Felix was very engaging, even with our very small group. SO MUCH history was covered over a relatively small geographic area, which we loved - and tying together all of the history into a cohesive picture helped us to process 90 minutes of nonstop information. Thank you for a very informative, enjoyable experience for us Hollywood newbies.
Fascinating, thoroughly researched tour covering the birth of Hollywood. Highly recommend it.
Philip is the best I really enjoyed the Tour with him he explained and showed everything to me ❤️❤️❤️
Felix really made the fascinating history come alive for us. He was funny, informative and illuminating. Exceeded all expectations.
Philip has extensive knowledge of Hollywood's history, which he presents in a relaxed and fun way. He takes you where the magic happens! We had a blast! Simona and Andrej
What an amazing tour. Philip is such a font of knowledge about the history of the industry and has a great delivery. If anyone out there is entering the film business in any capacity, this is the place to go to find context. He makes those few blocks come alive - with stories from the near and distant past. Highly recommend - you won't be disappointed!
After meeting Philip Mershon at the Larry Edmunds Bookshop several years ago, I was finally able to go on his walking tour of historic Hollywood sites. This is not a “look at the stars in the sidewalk” type of tour, it’s a more of an archeological dig into the history of a 1/2-mile stretch of Sunset Blvd where you discover the origins of 4 major film companies, 3 radio networks, 3 television networks, 6 record companies, 2 legendary recording, and much more! It’s well organized, thoughtfully researched, and Philip has a real gift for teaching. I give it my highest recommendation!
Our guide was like an encyclopedia of Hollywood history. The tour was very informative and well planned out. Highly recommended for anyone that wants to delve a bit deeper into the roots of Hollywood.
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. The tour was actually the highlight of our trip to California where the weather was gloomy and water activities were not feasible.
It was great change to the usual vehicle based formulaic tours. Interesting, nice to get out and about, good group size, great guide.
Am a repeat customer, love Philip's tour and the amount of info he packs into it.
The tour was well put together, fun and informative. It moved quickly but remained comprehensive. Highly recommended!
Felix is amazing... knowledgeable, entertaining and passionate. Will definitely spread the word.
I loved the tour for its enthusiasm and attention to historical detail. I'd strongly recommend it to others.
Felix did an excellent job! He brought historic Hollywood to life with his animated stories and fascinating tidbits. We learned so much!
Very informative. We learned a lot of behind-the-scenes information that we never would have known about.
The tour was fabulously well researched, entertaining and surprising.
Philip's tour was brilliant! Incredibly informative, meticulously planned, and full of passion, the tour takes you on a historical journey through years of Hollywood history, and Philip is a great guide. Recommended to everyone, particularly those who are deeply interested in Hollywood history and Hollywood's Golden Age, and those who would like a less-commercialised and more personal tour away from the typical Hollywood hot spots.
Philip has a great way of engaging the imagination to bring Hollywood alive. My family and I did the tour three days ago and I'm still thinking about it. Highly recommended for creatives and history buffs.
This was such a unique and well researched walking tour. Philip does a great job in making it fun and entertaining as well as educational.
Very informative walking tour of Hollywood/LA entertainment industry. This tour is for those interested in all of the entertainment industry, NOT just movies. TV, music and the early history of LA and how things came to be. If you are looking for only movie history, move on. If you are interested in the whole entertainment industry, then you will enjoy this. Small group so very easy to hear. Very different than any other tour you will take.
The tour was great and at a very good cost. Enthusiastic, knowledgeable guide and I learned some real history from this tour.
The most interesting tour I’ve ever taken. Philip knows his material and is a terrific host. He paces his delivery to maximize the surprise and delight with each revelation. Fascinating!