ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Old Hollywood Walking Tour

Updated on June 1, 2017

Tour Guide & Actress April Brooks Clemmer


Seeking Fame & Fortune

In the 1910s people flocked to Hollywood, CA to find fame, fortune and success. It was similar to the 1840s Gold Rush when people from all over streamed into San Francisco to get rich panning for gold.

Unfortunately, there were too many people coming into Hollywood and not enough movies being made. Many newcomers couldn't find housing, jobs or respect.

Pointing towards the Hillview Apartments, we discovered that in 1917, movie moguls Jesse L. Lasky, co-founder of Paramount Pictures, and his brother-in-law Samuel Goldwyn, co-founder of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, built their first apartment building for their actors, since housing was scarce. Rudolph Valentino, Stan Laurel, and Clara Bow lived here.

Today the Hillview's neon sign is still on the corner of the beautifully restored building, however it’s now known as The Hudson and is still housing for creative types.

The Hillview is now The Hudson


Go Home!

In 1931 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce created a notice stating - “Don’t Try To Break Into The Movies in Hollywood…..It May Save Disappointments,” Clemmer told our group during the tour. She carried with her an album filled with historic photos to enhance our tour.

Oldest Remaining Structure

Walking to Janes House, we turned into the courtyard and walked to the back of Jane Square, to see a two-story Queen Anne home built in 1903 with shingled gables and turrets.

Beginning in 1911, Janes House was a family-run school, attracting the children of early Hollywood celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Cecil B. DeMille, and Jesse Lasky. Mary Ruth Janes and her three daughters ran the well-respected school and lived in the home until 1982.

"This is the oldest remaining home on Hollywood Blvd.," said Clemmer. "Now it's a secret nightclub named - No Vacancy."

To see the original perspective of Janes House, visit Albert next door at his Secret Restaurant. This Mediterranean-American tavern & hookah bar offers kebabs & pub fare that includes margarita specials all day long. In the bar is an illustration of Janes House on the wall.

First Theatre Wired For Sound


First Movie Theatres

We walked to several movie theaters that included the first movie theatre, The Fox Theatre built in 1918. Along the way we admired the Walk of Fame stars. Clemmer shared with us that Alfred Hitchcock's star was installed in front of the Fox Theatre in 1960 at the premiere of his movie Psycho.

Carol Burnett's star is in front of the old Warner Bros. Hollywood Theatre, now a closed Hollywood Pacific Theatre. The 2753 seat theatre was the first theatre wired for sound and built in 1926 for the premiere of the first "talkie" Jazz Singer. In the late 40's, Burnett was an usher at this theatre while attending Hollywood High School. "Burnett was fired for miscommunication with a guest," Clemmer said. "When she was honored with a star, and asked where she would like her star to be placed, Burnett wanted it right in front of this theatre for the owners to see daily."

6667 Hollywood Blvd.:
6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA

get directions

Musso & Frank


Oldest Restaurant on Hollywood Blvd.

The tour ends at one of the most famous restaurant's in Hollywood, Musso and Frank Grill. Built in 1919, it became the go-to dining spot for Mary Pickford, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin. Greta Garbo and Gary Cooper dined here, while Humphrey Bogart sipped martinis at the bar with Dashielle Hammett or Lauren Bacall.

In the ‘50s, Hollywood legends like Marilyn Monroe while married to Joe DiMaggio had her own booth, while Elizabeth Taylor and Steve McQueen were in Musso’s famous Back Room. "Ernest Hemingway mixed his own mint julep at Musso and Frank," said Clemmer. "It was a big writers hangout. Fitzgerald proofed his works here."

Clemmer shared that the waiters will only tell stories about actors who have died, but will never talk about those who are alive to protect their privacy.

Tour Group inside Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Oldest Bookstore on Hollywood Blvd.

Larry Edmunds Bookshop, which was founded in 1938 specializes in Hollywood entertainment books, photos and memorabilia. It's stacked high with books and movie posters line the wall. They have 500,000+ movie photographs, 6,000+ original movie posters and 20,000+ motion picture and theater books.

This is the go to spot for celebrities and writers to discuss their books, meet their fans and host book signing events.

How To Take The Hollywood Tour

Come learn how Hollywood is a vibrant walkable community that strives to return to it's glamorous glory days. The two hour detailed tour starts on the last Friday of every month at 10 a.m. There is a special Saturday, June 17 tour at 10 a.m. The tour starts at the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance office 6562 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA. -


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Jill Weinlein profile imageAUTHOR

      Jill Weinlein 

      16 months ago from Southern California

      My dad went to high school with her. She was the Yearbook editor.

    • Dianemae profile image


      17 months ago

      Great story. I love reading old facts and tales. The Carol Burnett story is my favorite. Good for her!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)