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Vintage Venice Reel to Real Tours
1601 Main Street Venice, CA 90291
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 51 members
Review from Annette Mann
Red Velvet 229 events 200 reviews

This is a 3 1/2 hour walking tour that takes you through 100 years of Venice history. It is a wonderful way to get to know your own city. Most of us wait until we have out of town guests to take such tours. Don't wait. Even if you live in Venice,...continued

reviewed Apr 14 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from anonymous
Red Velvet 164 events 87 reviews

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

reviewed Jan 25 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Diane Gaska
Red Velvet 113 events 57 reviews

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

reviewed Apr 26 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Anne Blankenship
Red Velvet 54 events 24 reviews

This turned out to be grand. The guide, Jonathan, was friendly, well spoken and quite knowledgable.
His use of visual aids, along with the spoken words, were highly informative; a lot of history here.

reviewed Apr 21 2012 report as inappropriate
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The tour was named Best Walking Tour 2012 by Los Angeles_ Magazine_.


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. _

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