Travel Back In Time To See Old Hollywood

22 September 2016
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There are those that will tell you that the Golden Age of Hollywood is gone. And they’re probably right. Movie stars have given way to reality stars, and success is measured by the pack of paparazzi in chase. It's a far cry from the days of Sinatra and Monroe, but there's just something about that vintage Hollywood glam that continues to beckon to cinephiles across the globe. The stars may have long left the silver screen, but there’s still a trace of that undeniable charisma left in ol’ Tinsel Town. You just have to know where to look …

Grauman's Egyptian Theatre

Founded in 1922, this classic Hollywood theatre maintains the opulence of its time. It also still happens to play host to a regular schedule of classic and contemporary movies. Get your tickets to step back in time. 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles  

 

Formosa Cafe

Anyone who's anyone used to see and be seen at the Formosa Cafe. Located close to many of the studio lots, the who's who of Hollywood used to hit up the bar/eatery, including the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra. Stop in for a drink and to be regaled by tales of the old days courtesy of Lindy who has been tending the bar for more than 50 years. 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood

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Musso & Frank Grill

Opened in 1919, Musso & Frank Grill is often referred to as the 'genesis of Hollywood'. Ingrained in the Los Angeles identity, this historic restaurant has hosted everyone from politicians and literary giants to Hollywood's biggest names. It has appeared in many motion pictures and has been the premier spot for such notable series as Mad Men. It has maintained much of its original character, right down to the red jackets the wait staff wear. 6667 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles 

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The Comedy Store

The Comdey Store is now the stomping grounds for the biggest names in the funny business, but this historic club was once a Golden Age icon known as Ciro's. Opened in 1940, it was known for its opulent baroque interiors and guest list that included names such as Judy Garland, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant. 8433 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood  

 

Chateau Marmont

More than a little bit of the Loire Valley in Los Angeles, this famous boutique hotel has played home to many of the Golden Age's biggest names. Rock Hudson, James Dean, Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor to name a few. The Chateau, as it's affectionately known, has become a staple of the Hollywood scene (past and present). So much so, it was declared a national landmark in 1976. 8221 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles  

 

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Warner Brothers Studio

While you may be thinking a studio tour isn't quite your cup of tea, it's worth getting to Warner Brothers for a behind the scenes peek into the Golden Age of Hollywood. It was a key producer of movies throughout the history of Hollywood and many of the old sets are still up beckoning to would be stars to snap the perfect Instagram shot. 3400 Warner Boulevard, Burbank  

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Capitol Records

Aside from being one of the most recognisable buildings in the LA skyline, this historic recording studio has seen many artists pass through its doors. Most notably, ol' Blue Eyes himself. Frank Sinatra recorded some of the most popular records of his career here. Keep in mind, though, this is an office not open to the public so external shots will have to suffice. 1750 Vine Street, Los Angeles  

 

La Dolce Vita

Another favourite dining spot for the biggest names of Hollywood, La Dolce Vita was once a favourite hangout for the Rat Pack and more. In fact, Sinatra frequented this restaurant so often, there is a booth named in his honour. Mind you, it's not his favourite booth. That one sits at the back near the bar, with a clear view of the entrance.

9785 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills

Carlie Tucker

Travelling is for discovering the unexpected. From fantastic meals in ramshackle joints to stumbling upon a best kept secret, I love those fortuitous travel moments that couldn't be planned if I tried.