Tour 7 - Frank Sinatra's Neighborhood
Call for details 760-323-8297
During the hot summer months June-September we offer walking tours by foot or vehicle as private tours arranged by calling the museum. These are catered to the best time/day that you choose. Our regular scheduled walking tour season will begin again in October 2019.
Friday 9:30 am
The Movie Colony
With the luxurious El Mirador as its centerpiece, the Movie Colony was developed in the 1930s and 1940s. In this tranquil neighborhood lived some of Hollywood’s biggest stars such as Cary Grant, Dinah Shore, Van Johnson, Tony Curtis, Gloria Swanson, and Jack Benny. Frank Sinatra made it “his” neighborhood in the 1950s when his home, known as "Twin Palms," became “party central.” One of the celebrity estates here was called the “Desert Royal Palace” because so many Europeans with royal titles and Hollywood elite were guests there.
Some of our most renowned Modernist architects designed homes in this charming and prestigious area including E. Stewart Williams, William Cody, and Donald Wexler. It is home to iconic architecture of the Spanish Colonial Revival style as well as the Mid-Century Modernism style. This tour affords a visual feast of residences of Hollywood Royalty and unique architecture.
Approximately 2.5 hours
Meet at the corner of N. Hermosa Drive and Via Colusa.
The Movie Colony
Bring: Please bring proof of purchase (show digital email or print out ticket receipt).
Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat is advised.
Please be advised no bathroom facilities on tours.
No Refunds - Read the FAQ page for more details about the walking tours.
Free neighborhood street parking.