Hollywood Walking Tour - Hollywood Blvd - Highland

Hollywood/Highland - Hollywood/Highland 2 - Hollywood/Vine - North on Vine - Mulholland Drive
 
We start our tour at our hotel, the Hollywood Celebrity Hotel located just behind the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and Highland. The hotel had a great location but we did not get the room that we had reserved with a pull out couch. It also had a loud air conditioner. We did not get any sleep in this hotel as tired as we were! We checked out early but because we had an Expedia reservation we could not get a refund. I give poor recommendations to both the hotel and Expedia. Call in your own reservation and don't use Expedia. The hotel was inexpensive, but pay the extra money and stay at the Radisson next door.
On the right is the view looking left from the hotel steps toward Franklin. If you hook a left on Franklin you will see the place where Janis Joplin OD'ed at #105 - 7047 Franklin Ave. Please respect the current residents privacy. In the upper right of the photo you see the Villa Bonita building at 1817 Hillcrest Road. This building was home to many stars and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Walk north to Franklin and then turn right and walk a half block to Highland.

Turn right on Highland and this colorful building is on the left across the street. This building is on the northeast corner of Hollywood and Highland. It is a good example of the use of building fronts as billboards throughout LA.

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Walk south downhill toward Highland and you will go past Lucky Strike Bowl on the right. We were hoping to go to Lucky Strike Lanes but when we walked by there on Friday night they had a "leg breaker" bouncer and a "dress code" that kind of turned us off about this place. Here you see Lucas and Rose walking south down Highland toward Hollywood Blvd. The bowling alley/club is located adjacent to the Kodak Theatre and we walked right by it on the way to Hollywood Blvd.

Sorry Lucky Strike, we give you no props for setting up an unfriendly atmosphere for tourists!

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As you are standing in front of Lucky Strike, off to your left across the street is the First National Bank Hollywood, designed by the same architects who designed Graumanís Chinese Theater. "When constructed in1927, this was the tallest office building in Los Angeles. The architects, Meyer and Holler, also designed the Chinese Theatre. A fanciful combination of Gothic and Art Deco, the towering spire, buttresses, and motif of "the Explorers" suggest the sense of fantasy present in Hollywood in that era. The beehive above the entrance signifies the hope that it would be a "beehive of activity". However, the 1929 stock market crash dashed those hopes and the bank closed.".
Hollywood/Highland - Hollywood/Highland 2 - Hollywood/Vine - North on Vine - Mulholland Drive