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.
- 330 Ratings
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!
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.