It’s day 27 since we left our home in Jensen Beach and today we are exploring Hollywood.
We got up and went for a walk along Sunset Blvd then up to Hollywood Blvd. It was a beautiful day.
As we were walking and singing California Dreaming, a guy with a guitar on his back walked past and chimed in.
We saw some of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Then it was off to Tiago Coffee Bar & Kitchen and got a light lunch – a wrap and salad.
We continued our walk down Hollywood Boulevard to see the Chinese Theatre and the Dolby Theatre. This is where they have the Academy Awards. We even saw a photo shoot happening with Heidi Klum.
Warner Brothers Studio Tour
From there we caught an Uber to Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank. It seems like everyone you meet in Hollywood is a struggling or aspiring artist. Our Uber driver to the Studio told us her story. She had written a script and was a singer.
The studio tour cost us $69 each. Like the Hoover Dam tour, this tour begins with a short video in the theatre. After the video you meet your tour guide. They’ll then take you out to a golf buggy and start driving you around the studios.
First stop is the backlot. The backlot is where they film many of the outdoor scenes. It is a series of streets set up to look like different cities.
They took us to a building on the backlot filled with items from the DC Universe. Here we got to see costumes, props and set pieces from Aquaman (2018), and Wonder Woman (2017). And you better believe I posed with Aquaman’s Trident! This is Hollywood after all!
Outside this building was the perfect vantage point to take a photo of the famous Warner Bros, water tower. No sign of the Animaniacs though.
The Front Lot
From there, we went to the Front Lot. This is where they have the big indoor studios.
We drove past the stages where Two and a half Men and Friends (I know, I thought it was filmed in NYC too) were filmed. And we saw Phoebe Buffay’s yellow cab.
One of the studios was set up as the Bat cave.
There were a bunch of props from the Batman movies, including several Bat mobiles and the bat spotlight. Yes I turned it on, but no Batman didn’t show up. I guess he is still in hiding after that whole thing with two face.
Next, we took a look through the prop and set library which is a building filled with items that have been used in Hollywood’s films and are now available to rent.
I took a moment to step into the Oval Office and take care of some official business before continuing the tour.
A Coffee With Friends
Last stop on the tour was was the Central Perk Cafe and studio store. This is where you will find the set from friends laid out for a photo, along with sets from Big Bang Theory and The Lord of the Rings.
They show how they filmed perspective shots in Lord of the Rings to make the hobbits seem as small as they were. All of these sets are photo opportunities.
You can take a photo on your own phone or pay for them to print one out for you. We bought the Friends one as Danielle was really keen for it.
The team at Warner Brothers finally recognised me with an Academy Award. It must have been for all the hard work I’ve done in the film industry.
After the tour we had a coffee at the Central Perk Cafe. It was the perfect way to finish the tour.
After the tour we were waiting outside the studio shop when a young guy asked if we would like to see Conan live. He was in charge of finding a studio audience. It’s not every day you get asked to be in a studio audience so we said, “Why not?”
We had to wait in line then they led us to the studio. Unfortunately you aren’t allowed to take photos or film during the performance. There were about 200 of us in the audience. A guy came out to begin with to get the audience revved up.
Then they brought out Conan and his guests. They actually film the show all in one take. As a result, it goes much faster than any other TV show I’ve been involved with. The first interview was really good, with Giancarlo Esposito from Breaking Bad and the new Disney + series, The Mandalorian. The second interview was a little awkward but Conan made the most of it.
Atrium For Dinner
After the show was finished we headed back to Hollywood to go out for dinner at Atrium, with some friends who live in LA. Atrium is kind of hidden away. I think they have just recently opened so there is no signage showing where it is. We had to pay $10 for parking, which seems pretty consistent in LA. The food at Atrium was kind of like fancy Tapas. It tastes great, but it won’t fill you up and I thought it was a little on the pricey side compared to other places we’ve eaten in the US.
After dinner we drove up to the Griffith Observatory to take a look at the city lights. There was only 20 minutes until closing but we had a quick look inside and it was spectacular to see the city lights at night.
On the way back to our accommodation we were still hungry so we stopped over for a burger at the classic Californian chain, In-N-Out Burger. We didn’t have these on the East Coast. It was a delicious burger and a great way to end our time in Hollywood.
What is your favorite thing to do in Hollywood?