Hollywood Heritage & The American Cinematheque Present: The Historic Whitley/Hollywood Heights Walking Tour
Please join us for a look into the secret stairways as well as the history of two neighborhoods that housed many a star on the silver screen during the Egyptian Theatre's early years.
In 1918 a local landowner named H.J. Whitley commissioned an architect to begin building an exclusive Mediterranean village above the flat of Hollywood. Called Whitley Heights, this fashionable neighborhood attracted a celebrity clientele and quickly became the Beverly Hills of early Hollywood. Residents from the early period included silent screen star Rudolph Valentino, comedian W.C. Fields, leading ladies Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard and Marlene Dietrich, and leading men William Powell and Tyrone Power. The designer Adrian had a home here, during the period he created the ruby slippers from THE WIZARD OF OZ, as did the novelist/screenwriter William Faulkner, when he was writing the screenplays for TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT and THE BIG SLEEP. Wanting his high society residents to have easy access to culture, Whitley and his architect included a number of public staircases in their original design, so the stars could easily walk down the hill and across Highland Avenue to the Hollywood Bowl.
The tour also meanders through Hollywood Heights, west across Highland Avenue. We will walk by the famous Hightower, seen in such films as DEAD AGAIN, THE LONG GOODBYE and THE HIGH WINDOW.
Please meet at the Hollywood Heritage/Lasky-DeMille Barn. The tours will begin promptly at 11:00AM, but the museum will be open at 10:30AM for check-in. The tour will last approximately 60 minutes.
Hollywood Heritage Museum (View)
2100 N. Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068
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