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.
- 302 Ratings
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!
Phillip provides a full, detailed two-hour history of the area where Hollywood's film and entertainment industry was born and thrived. Philllip takes you site to site, weaving the history of Hollywood with the specific history of each given place. He tells you when buildings were erected and replaced, who built them, who bought them, and who in them entertained or created records or made movies or staged televisions shows. And he brings it all up to the present. He shows you building after building that has no outward evidence of a rich history or presence in the entertainment industry. The tour gives you a sense of how concentrated and powerful this strip of Sunset Boulevard was in creating a good portion of the television, music and film entertainment we've all grown up and lived with. Phillip tells this all with great narrative skills that will hold your interest throughout the tour. This is tour is a great value and I would recommend it to everyone.
Amazing guide, fun, interesting and very knowledgeable.
Felix was very knowledgeable about the subject. He also helped us to really understand how Hollywood started.
Excellent history of Hollywood, great stories and anecdotes.
Phillip was very knowledgeable and he loves his subject matter. I appreciated the focus on old Hollywood. That is really not available elsewhere.
Felix has excellent knowledge of Hollywood history and was able to recreate a colorful story about the rise and fall of Hollywood. We felt like we were walking through time. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone interested in real Hollywood history and not just the tourist attractions.
Very informative and entertaining, I'll recommend to anyone I know visiting Los Angeles. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Wow. I learned so much and it was such a fascinating tour. Philip is a great guide, funny and personable and really knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour for anyone !! Fun times.
I can't even describe how fun and enlightening this tour was for me and my family. The streets of Hollywood came alive thanks to you. I really appreciated how the story was told in such an informative and entertaining way. I have recommended this tour to all of my friends and family who love Old Hollywood history.
We had a wonderful time on this tour. Phillip was incredibly knowledgable and passionate about Hollywood history, and he made the buildings and blocks come alive. If you are at all interested in classic cinema, or radio, or music, or television, or really just about any aspect of American entertainment culture, you'll be as fascinated as we were.
Entertaining. Interesting. Very informative.
This was a gift for my parents. They absolutely loved it. They could not stop talking about the tour. Go.
Wonderful tour! we enjoyed every moment of it! Felix is so engaging, and delivers information through anecdotes that kept us wanting more. It felt like we were part of something very special. Thanks so much! Victoria and Lucy
Wonderful experience and rich with fascinating info
Great tour! I learned so much about the history of Hollywood and the film/television and radio industry. Would highly recommend this tour to everyone interested in the stories behind the movies and television shows we love to watch.
Phillip is knowledgeable about the history of Hollywood and passionate about presenting it.
Uniquely insightful, truly smart take on the history of Hollywood. I eat this stuff up . I've done all the tours around town. Philip is one of a kind. Do it!
If you are thinking of taking a Hollywood tour, take this one! Philip is extremely engaging and has an encyclopedic knowledge of Hollywood history. Stepping into this tour felt like walking back in time... you can almost feel the energy of the past at various stops (that’s how effectively Philip immerses you in his stories). It was fascinating to learn about the start of Hollywood and what has shaped it to its current form. Even my fiancé, who isn’t much into Hollywood/celebrities/etc. found this tour fascinating and was raving about it afterward. We highly recommend this tour to others looking to learn about Hollywood history from a true aficionado.
This is a great, creative walking tour that brings to life the Hollywood origins of the movie, radio, popular music, and tv industries. It was a highlight of our week-long visit to Los Angeles. We loved it!
Fanastic tour. Beyond my expectations
The tour was great! So well researched and chock full of history. Thanks for a wonderful afternoon!
The tour was great! Perfect length for the amount of information we were taking in. IPSB!
Interesting insight into Old Hollywood. Good company for the time it took to complete the tour.
My tour guide was excellent. I chose this tour because it skipped all the stuff I could see myself - the walk of fame, the sign, etc. Instead it focused on the history of Hollywood. Why did Hollywood become Hollywood? How did the studios start? What random events occurred that could have changed everything? I learned so much and have already retold a bunch of the stories I learned. Can't wait to come back! 10/10, this is probably the best tour of Hollywood out there.
This was a phenomenal tour. Philip was knowledgeable, engaging and gave us a history of Hollywood that was so much more than the walk of fame. I highly recommend this tour!
Philip was an exceptional guide--filled with details and a few good laughs, too. Highly recommend this walking tour for anyone who is interested in how a small section of Sunset Blvd ignited and changed the entertainment world.
Very informative tour! We learned so much about the beginnings of Hollywood. So great to walk and actually see and touch real history. Would recommend to anyone who has an interest in old Hollywood, TV, and the music industry.