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Diane Gaska
The weather was windy. I wore Wear comfortable tennis shoes and layers in case of wind. .
Vintage Venice Reel to Real Tours dress Apr 29 2014 star this tip starred
lucy
The weather was warm for a late December day. I wore comfortable shoes and brought a light jacket.
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51 ratings
4.7 average rating
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73 reviews
9 stars
attended Jan 25 2014

This was actually a very interesting tour and full of interesting facts and tidbits. The only reason for not rating it a 5 has to do with the fact that it is most exciting for the movie buff. Most of the movies cited along the tour (to correspond...continued

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9 stars
attended Apr 26 2014

Jonathan Kaplan is as good as they say, both knowledgeable and an excellent story teller as he took us through a time machine through Venice. Transported back in time to vintage Venice Beach, we learned about Mr. Abbott Kinney, the man...continued

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52 reviews
8 stars
attended Apr 28 2012

Have lived in the L.A. area for many years and have never been to Venice. This was a most interesting visit and Jonathan certainly knows his history. He was an excellent guide and the addition of all the old movie film clips and pics really...continued

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Website

http://vintagevenicetours.com

Quotes & Highlights

The tour was named Best Walking Tour 2012 by Los Angeles_ Magazine_.

Description

Venice, the beachfront district on L.A.‘s west side, is known for its beaches and carnival-like Ocean Front Walk. Like on other tours, you’ll see all of Venice’s most popular attractions. But this unique three-hour walk also uses a century of film clips shown on an iPad and glossy 8 × 11 vintage photos to show you what was there before. Jonathan Kaplan, tour guide for the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, TV writer and a Venice resident for 17 years, will take you to parts of Venice only the locals go and show you show you history that even they don’t know, allowing you to watch long-gone canals, roller coasters, pleasure piers and movie stars springing back to life before your eyes while standing at the actual locations. 

The tour begins and ends in front of 1601 Main Street. This is the (closed) Venice Post Office on the Traffic Circle at the intersection of Windward Avenue. The address is obscured by construction, but this is the only building on the Traffic Circle under construction.

Please note:

_Be sure to bring sunscreen and something to cover your head, as well as comfortable walking shoes, as we will be outside for three hours. There are no restrooms at the beginning of the tour, and there will be one break for the restroom about one hour into the tour and several points where we can stop for a snack and a drink, but bringing your own light snack and water is also a good idea. See tour website for more information, including where to park. _