Scandals and Crimes of Old Hollywood

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Kyle
Quality Verified Registered on August 25, 2023

Having been a tour guide for ten years in three different cities (New Orleans, New York City, and Los Angeles), I've had a lot of time learning the best ways to see different places by foot and discover the secrets you may not find otherwise. The best trips I've ever taken were in India, Cuba, Japan, and throughout South America. I love to meet people from abroad and spend time learning about them.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

Hidden beneath the layer of malls and street vendors along Hollywood Boulevard lie reminders of a crime-filled bygone era. As the film industry in Hollywood was getting its start in the early 20th century, new filmmakers found themselves caught up in a lawless world of vice and murder. By the 1930s, it got so bad the US Government almost shut the entire industry down.

On this tour, we will learn the stories that started Hollywood’s reputation of a city of sin. We will visit the secret spots of Old Hollywood along the Hollywood Strip that still remain, hiding in plain sight.

The two-hour tour will feature stories and mysteries of:

  • Who were the suspects in the still-unsolved murder of silent film director William Desmond Taylor,
  • What drove actress Peg Entwistle to kill herself in the most dramatic of ways -- a leap off the Hollywood Sign,
  • Where the Black Dahlia had her final drink before her murder,
  • And much, much more…

The mile-and-a-half walking tour begins at the Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard and will end at the Pantages Theater. 

Please note:

Because of adult content, this tour is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

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  • Meeting point:
    7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA ...
    7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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    Meet outside the front of the Hotel Roosevelt (Hollywood Blvd side). I'll be in a backpack, with a tablet, and a button with my name.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Lucas 22 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
We liked the Old Hollywood tour with Kyle so much that we came back for his second tour on crimes and scandals. We really enjoyed his storytelling and would have enjoyed even more stories.
Jan 22 Apr 2024
Arbor Vitae

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
The guide has a very professional approach and has an interest and makes good efforts in making everyone to feel included in the group. He don’t let anyone behind. He has a very good knowledge on what he talks about, also into details.
Célia 21 Apr 2024

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
I really enjoyed my tour with Kyle about the Scandals and Crimes of old Hollywood, really interesting stories. When Kyle tell the stories it’s just as if he heard about it for the first time. This tour allows you to learn more about the beginning of the famous history of Hollywood cinema. Would recommend it if you like Cinema and would like to know more about its history !
Sam (Sameer) 18 Feb 2024

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
Kyle is a great guilde. He's got amazing narration skills. Will definitely do it again with Kyle. Highly recommended.
Fiona 17 Feb 2024
Mexico City

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Travelled alone - Feb 2024
It was the best walking tour in all LA! Kyle was a great guide, his storytelling was amazing, he always kept us entertained with cool facts about Hollywood. Everybody should give it a chance!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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