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Capitol Records Building Tours and Activities

Capitol Records Building
The Capitol Records Building has been one of the most recognizable features of the Hollywood skyline since its construction in 1956. Distinguished by its cylindrical shape, the 13-story skyscraper hosts the Capitol Studios, where the likes of Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, and Nat King Cole have all recorded music.

The Basics
Designed by architect Louis Naidorf to resemble a stack of records, the Capitol Records Building is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. Today, the busy studios still host a range of A-list artists and performers. Though the interior is closed to the public, the Capitol Records Building still features on numerous Hollywood itineraries, including walking, bike, driving, and even helicopter tours. It’s also possible to view the landmark during a customized private tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Capitol Records Building is a pop-culture staple, and has appeared in numerous movies, TV shows, and music videos.
  • One of the building’s quirkiest features is the blinking light on its spire, which sends out messages including “Hollywood” in Morse code.
  • Look for the Hollywood Jazz: 1945-1972 mural adorning the building’s south wall: it features 11 jazz greats, from Billie Holliday to Miles Davis.
  • Among the building’s most revolutionary features are its echo chamber recording studios, designed by guitarist Les Paul.

How to Get There
The Capitol Records Building is located near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, in the heart of Hollywood. To reach the landmark via public transportation, take the Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station or take one of the many bus lines that serve the area, including the Hollywood DASH. The building can also be reached by taxi or rideshare service. 

When to Get There
The Capitol Records Building is a popular, year-round photo location. If you visit during the winter holidays, look out for its light-up, rooftop Christmas tree, which is installed every year.

Hollywood Highlights Tour
The Capitol Records Building is just one worthy stop on a tour of Hollywood’s top attractions. Nearby historic venues include the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre Hollywood, and the Hollywood Palladium, while the Hollywood Walk of Fame is just steps away. For an alternative Hollywood attraction, the nearby Museum of Death is popular among visitors with more macabre tastes.
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6-Hour Los Angeles City Tour

6-Hour Los Angeles City Tour

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See the best of Los Angeles on a half-day tour of the city’s most glamorous neighborhoods and iconic landmarks. Learn where to eat, shop, and party as you explore L.A. with a professional guide, from Hollywood Boulevard’s star-studded sidewalks to gleaming downtown skyscrapers. Snap a selfie with the Hollywood sign, spot celebrity homes in Beverly Hills, and watch an elegant crowd browse Rodeo Drive’s exclusive boutiques. Cruise the renowned Sunset Strip before hitting the Pacific Coast Highway to sink your toes into L.A.’s most beloved beaches.
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2-Hour Hollywood Bike Tour

2-Hour Hollywood Bike Tour

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Meet and Start on the Walk of Fame. Explore historic Hollywood neighborhoods, on a fun and easy 2 hours bike tour (6 miles Biking, 10 km) and 1 Mile Nature Walk (1.6 km) in Griffith Park. Best views and Photos of the Famous Hollywood Sign, so don't forget to bring your camera for some wonderful photo opportunities. Take easy routes with little hills through Film locations, Celebrity homes, and all of the hidden treasures of Hollywood. This tour will give you the chance to learn all about both historic and the future of Hollywood. Book Today!
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VIP Hollywood and Beverly Hills Day Tour

VIP Hollywood and Beverly Hills Day Tour

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Have Fun Tours has been in business for over 12 years. As native Californians, we have extensive knowledge of local tourist spots and hidden gems. We leverage our familiarity with the places where we tour to create a one-of-a-kind VIP experience for you and your loved ones. We tap into our network of reputable companies, popular theme parks, and influential people in Hollywood and surrounding areas to provide you with exclusive travel deals. Aside from public tours, we offer special private trips that feature once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. We always come up with new ways to design tours that match your thirst for adventure. With the Hollywood Tour, the coup d'etat is our stop by the live outdoor taping of a TV show, Access Hollywood, hosted by our dear friend, Mario Lopez. This is limited to Wednesdays through the end of the year until January 1, 2020 when it will be available M - F. We also offer SPANISH speaking tours.
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Private Los Angeles Night Tour: All Must-See Sites in Downtown LA and Hollywood

Private Los Angeles Night Tour: All Must-See Sites in Downtown LA and Hollywood

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Experience the bustle of Los Angeles night scene without the hassle of navigating on your own on a private tour to the city’s top landmarks and neighborhoods, from City Hall to Hollywood Boulevard. Your guide, who ensures you never miss a landmark, provides little–known trivia about the city’s history and culture and inside recommendations for the rest of your stay.
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The Real Hollywood Tour

The Real Hollywood Tour

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Uncover the history of Hollywood that you might not have heard on this tour around some of central LA’s glittery highlights and hidden historical landmarks. Starting at the glamorous Pantages Theater, tour sights like the Capitol Records Building, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the iconic Egyptian and Chinese Theaters. But it’s not just popular tourist stops on this tour: learn about Hollywood before it became Hollywood at Jane’s House, and hear all sorts of stories old and new from your guide.
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Hollywood Bike Adventure

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Unlike walking tours, this Hollywood bike adventure covers more ground—12 miles (19 kilometers) to be exact—in just a few hours to make the most of your time in LA. Your guide brings this star-studded neighborhood to life with insider knowledge and fascinating stories you wouldn’t hear if you explored on your own. Visit Instagram-worthy sites such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the street art murals on Melrose Avenue, and Paramount Studios.
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Custom 2-Hour Private Tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills

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Explore Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and West Hollywood on this private tour, which ensures a flexible itinerary and personalized attention. This is a great option for those short on time or first-time visitors to the area. Enjoy snacks and bottled water as you explore the highlights of the areas, asking plenty of questions along the way.
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Hollywood Grand City Tour

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Get an overview of Hollywood's movie-making landmarks and pop culture sights on this bus tour. See film locations, movie studios, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, A-list hotels, and more as you listen to stories from an onboard guide about La La Land's history, celebrity lifestyle, legendary music clubs, and what the real Hollywood is like. When booking, select either the morning departure time with a tour by open-top bus or the afternoon departure time with a tour by air-conditioned minibus. Hotel pickup and drop-off is available from select areas of LA for free or for an additional fee.
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Private Tour: Hollywood Highlights or Celebrity Homes of Beverly Hills

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Choose from two options on this private tour of Los Angeles: the celebrity homes of Beverly Hills and Bel-Air or the famous landmarks of Hollywood. Marvel at the mansions while you’re driven by private vehicle through LA’s most affluent neighborhoods.  Alternatively, stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame, ogle the Sunset Strip and hear about Tinseltown’s storied past. Either way, your own personal guide combines two hours of sightseeing with insider commentary. Snacks and bottled water are included with round-trip transport from your hotel.
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Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills Private Sightseeing Tour

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Los Angeles is a sprawling city that's best to explore by car, but if you drive yourself, you're bound to hit that infamous LA traffic. Avoid the hassle with this private SUV tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills—two neighborhoods packed with LA's best attractions. After meeting your driver, you're whisked through world-famous streets—like Melrose Avenue and Rodeo Drive—and into the Hollywood Hills. Snap a selfie with this iconic Hollywood Sign, and check out the stars on the Walk of Fame.
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Enjoy everything Hollywood, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills has to offer on our Open Air-Buses. Take a photo of your favorite hot spots and share the joy with friends and family. Our customers love this tour because it's fun, exciting, informational and allows you to enjoy everything that Hollywood has to offer.
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Private Hollywood and Beverly Hills Tour Departing from Downtown Los Angeles

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Private Sightseeing Tour of Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills

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Explore Hollywood, Los Angeles, and beyond on this half-day guided excursion. After a convenient pickup from select hotels, head out with a knowledgeable guide and experience classic sites like Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Plaza, and Melrose Avenue.
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Private Half Day Hollywood Pop Culture History Walking Tour

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Explore Hollywood’s top pop culture sights on a 3-hour private walking tour. Walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit famous spots like the Chinese Theater and the Capitol Records Building, and learn about the movie industry and its history from your informative guide. See the Hollywood of your dreams on this private and customizable tour.
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Full Day Private and Custom Los Angeles Beaches and City Tour

Full Day Private and Custom Los Angeles Beaches and City Tour

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If you want to see it all during your visit to Los Angeles, this private and fully customizable 7-hour full day tour is the perfect opportunity.  On the city-side, see Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  Then travel west to take in the scenic beauty of Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Malibu.  You're guaranteed a tried and true highly-rated industry professional guide that's fully licensed and passionate about showcasing our amazing cities. *In the tour details listed above, there are few options that best describe timeframes for stops and drive-by introductions. Plus, there are a handful of locations not listed in available "Attractions." Some attractions may not be accessible on certain days of the year. This tour is a solid 7 hours, and we've laid out a guesstimate on stops and travel time. Remember, this is a private tour, so you're also welcome to fully customize your time.
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Hollywood Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Puzzle your way through Hollywood’s star-studded streets with a 3-hour scavenger hunt adventure along glamorous Hollywood Boulevard. Follow a series of Hollywood-themed clues on your smart phone while taking in Tinseltown’s legendary sights and local history, and tackle creative challenges alongside your friends and family. See how your points stack up against other teams who’ve completed the scavenger hunt, and enjoy the 1.5-mile route at your own pace, with plenty of time to eat, drink and watch for your favorite celebrities. 
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Hollywood History Walking Tour

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Discover the landmarks of Hollywood on a 2-hour walking tour along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stroll at a leisurely pace, starting at the famous intersection of Hollywood & Vine, and passing sites including Hollywood Pantages Theater, Capitol Records, Grauman's Chinese Theater, Egyptian Theatre, the Hollywood sign, and more. Your guide shares live commentary about the locations and celebrities of Hollywood for an entertaining glimpse of Tinseltown in Los Angeles.
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One Hour Private VIP Hollywood Tour

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Touring Los Angeles in an open-air Cadillac Escalade limousine offers the same detailed views as a bike or walking tour, but covers much more territory. On this private tour, visit essential Los Angeles sights such as the Hollywood Sign and the Sunset Strip, stopping for photos along the way, and listen to your guide tell entertaining stories about life in Los Angeles.
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Hollywood Boulevard Walking Tour

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Explore Tinseltown’s glamorous history on a 90-minute, guided walking tour of Hollywood Boulevard’s most iconic landmarks, celebrated theaters and star-studded sidewalks. Get an insider’s perspective on Hollywood’s past as your knowledgeable guide shares tales of studios, starlets and red carpets. Experience one of old Hollywood’s most beloved movie palaces with behind-the-scenes access to the El Capitan Theatre, a fully-restored venue whose gilded ceiling and velvet curtains evoke the golden age of the silver screen.
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Private Hollywood and Beverly Hills Tour Departing from Santa Monica

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Tour Hollywood with an LA Filmmaker

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This tour is for those who don't want the standard Hollywood tour. Instead of celebrities, we focus on history and culture, and also on film as an industry and an artform. Because of this, you'll get a different perspective on the area, on the film industry, and on movies in general. I love movies and pretty much everything about them, and my goal is to share that love and passion with you.
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5-Hour Hollywood and Beverly Hills Bike Tour

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With a bus tour of Los Angeles, you only get to see the sights from behind the glass. Experience the city in a more intimate way and see more than you would from a vehicle on this guided bike tour around Hollywood and Beverly Hills. View top sights, such as Bronson Caves, Sunset Strip, and the Hollywood Sign, as well as well-known music venues, and swanky Bel Air mansions.
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Los Angeles Scavenger Hunt: Tinseltown's Biggest Stars

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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