Hollywood and Vine first became famous in the 1930s for its high concentration of glamorous structures, often full of entertainment industry companies and powerful executives' offices. A couple of radio stations were based here, resulting in broadcasts made "live from Hollywood and Vine." Gossip columnists like Hedda Hopper further fueled the corner's mystique by writing about big deals and exciting events made and held in the vicinity.
Today, you can still find the cylindrical Capitol Records Building, the Art Deco-style Pantages Theatre, and the Avalon Hollywood, a Morroccan-themed and ornately-tiled club and theater built in 1927. The corner now also features a handful of high-end restaurants like Katsuya Sushi and the Latin-infused Beso; two swanky hotels, the W Hollywood and the Redbury; as well as the Hollywood/Vine stop on the Metro's Red Line.
I was not impressed with this tour. The tour guide although nice was not particularly interesting and many people on the bus (myself and my niece included) struggled to remain awake. After 4 1/2 hours, the driver deposited us on Hollywood Blvd where I was initially picked up and said that the tour was over even though the trip was supposed to be somewhere between 5-7 hours. Even though the guide was a bit boring and the tour a bit short I gave him a tip. He looked and me and said "that's it"? I honestly cannot recommend this tour. Perhaps if they had a different driver it would have been better. Sorry! I wanted to like it.