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Film Noir, The Blue Dahlia

Film Noir: A Dark Side Of The City Of Angels

December 8, 2021

There is something particularly LA about Film Noir. In the same way that Charles Dickens novels recreate the mood of Victorian London, Film Noir captures the aesthetic of 1940’s Los Angeles. The city’s varied demeanor (from sunny, beautiful, beaches to downtown concrete jungle) is the perfect foil for these dark stories, as the paranoid protagonist falls into a hellish labyrinth of his own making, lured by a…

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Dolores Del Rio poster

Los Angeles’ Hispanic Heritage

September 12, 2021

People from the Spanish-speaking countries of Spain, Central and South America have had an enormous impact on Los Angeles. Which isn’t at all surprising when you consider nearly fifty per cent of the population of Los Angeles today has a Hispanic background. In fact Los Angeles County’s five million people of Hispanic descent works out…

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Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre

The Los Angeles Chinatown Massacre

June 19, 2021

Los Angeles has a lot of fascinating history – many great things have happened here – but, then again, a lot of VERY bad things have taken place here too and one of the things we strongly believe in at The Real Los Angeles Tours is talking about the good, the bad, and the ugly.…

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musso & frank grill

Musso & Frank Grill: Hollywood Institution

May 7, 2021

This week Musso & Frank Grill announced that they are reopening on May 10, for Mother’s Day celebrations and, having originally opened up just as the Spanish Flu pandemic was finally petering out in 1919, it seems hugely appropriate that this venerable and much loved institution should be one of the first to reopen as…

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Union Station

Los Angeles Union Station

April 24, 2021

Los Angeles Union Station is to LA what Grand Central Station is to New York. It’s our major rail terminus, designed and built to reflect the history and feel of the city back at us as we pass through. It opened in May 1939 with much fanfare, ironically just as the US was falling out of…

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Outbreak: Spanish Flu In Los Angeles, 1918

February 20, 2021

It’s hard to think about anything other than Coronavirus or Covid-19 right now. It’s taken over the news cycle and our lives. Los Angeles is almost entirely shut down – schools, movie theaters, restaurants, bars and most businesses (including The Real Los Angeles Tours). Most of us have never experienced anything like it before. Life…

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the Night Stalker at the Cecil Hotel

The Night Stalker At The Cecil Hotel

February 20, 2021

The toughest part of developing our DTLA Murder Mystery Ghost tour was reading about all the horrible murders that have taken place in and around downtown Los Angeles while I was researching it. I couldn’t get the gory details out of my mind. Of all the serial killers that I researched arguably the worst was Richard Ramirez, aka…

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