Sunday, July 1, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Grouch go to Hollywood

As I mentioned previosly (or as always think - 'Previously on L.A. Law' - don't ask) the Missus got lucky and won two tickets to see Million Dollar Quartet at the Pantages theater in Hollywood.  so, a couple Wednesday's ago she picked me up after work and we headed to Hollywood to walk around a bit and kill some time before the show started. 

In case you are wondering the show was fantastic and I would have paid real yankee dollars to see the show.  We had a great time!

Anyway, there we were walking down Hollywood boulevard with the out of town tourists, the pan handlers, the runaways and the working girls and after we walked by the Jimmy Kimmel show being taped outside one of the theaters I thought that someone, somewhere might be interested in what we were seeing so I started documenting it with my blackberry.  Hence, the crummy picture quality. 

Hold on to your hats because we're going on a whirlwind tour of Hollywood!

Gaumann's theater where the stars leave imprints in the cement.  These days instead of stars you get people dressed up like the movie stars along with transformers and the Master Chief from the Halo XBox game so you can get your picture taken with them.  In true Hollywood fashion sometimes the characters brawl with each other or mug the tourists.  Art imitating life!

The Missus at the gateway to Hollywood boulevard and the walk of stars.

Off we go!

Young son was in a play (for pay even!) called 'Dead End' and he was one of the kids in the play so we figure that makes him a Dead End Kid so here is his star.

 And, here is a link to an article about the very play that he was in, imagine that!
No, young son wasn't one of the kids jumping in the orchestra pit, he was too young back then.  Instead he hung out a window and ran around the streets.  He did get to understudy the snooty rich kid one night and did a great job!
Next to the Moody Blues, this is my favorite group and here is their star.  Yay!

The Missus appeared in a movie with ol' Ray of My Favorite Martian and South Pacific fame.  We think the movie was some sort of tax dodge or payoff because it had to be the stinker of the century but hey, she was in a movie and can list 'movie actress' on her resume!  Go to the link and see the list of people who starred in it including my favorite country singer.  What were they doing in this?  Someone had pictures of them all doing something that they didn't want the public to see.

Here are the real stars on the walk of fame!

A favorite of the Grouch kids- Ripley's Believe it or Not museum

Capitol Records building. Does anyone under 50 even know what a record is anymore?

An icon of the cold war - a '50s air raid siren.   These things are everywhere in the city but they no longer work.  They show up in many a SF movie as L.A. gets flattened by A bombs or Martians
At last, in the Pantages theater!  The cell phone camera didn't work too well inside without the flash so this is the best I could do.  It is a beautiful place.

1 comment:

  1. I would have never guessed you liked Bob Seger, although I certainly knew you liked the Moody Blues. I always think of you when I hear them, which isn't often enough. PS. I know what a record is, thanks to my excellent upbringing! ;)