via press release:
TCM Takes Movie Fans on Guided Tour of Hollywood with New App
For decades, Hollywood tourists longing t o see the homes of legendary stars and other famous locations have purchased maps from street-corner vendors. Now, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is putting a high-tech spin on that age-old Hollywood tradition. The exciting new TCM Hollywood Tour app offers movie fans the perfect guide to 100 Hollywood locations, including palatial mansions, movie studios, celebrity hangouts, legendary film locations and more. The TCM Hollywood Tour app is available for iPhone and iPod Touch and can be purchased from the iTunes Store.
Featuring a special video introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne, the TCM Hollywood Tour app offers extensive background information, videos, photos and more about each location. Visitors to Hollywood can use geo-location services on the map of the app to locate the homes of such stars as Gene Kelly, Kirk Douglas and Bette Davis, as well as such famous Hollywood landmarks as Schwab’s Pharmacy, The Hollywood Bowl, Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
For anyone not in the Hollywood area, the TCM Hollywood Tour app also features a virtual tour complete with photos, video and background history on the tour's 100 locations. This tour allows users to explore by neighborhood or browse the list view from anywhere in the world. They can also use the play button and forward/reverse controls to explore all the locations in a photo gallery view.
As a special bonus, fans can collect badges for each place they visit, whethe r they are using the guided or self-guided tour in the LA area. And for the dedicated movie lover who succeeds in collecting 100 badges by visiting all of the guided tour's destinations in person, TCM will award a special prize.
Here are some of the other special features of the TCM Hollywood Tour app:
- Geo-location services to guide users to each destination.
- A "warm” finder to assist in finding nearby locations and badge collection.
- A special augmented-reality vie wfinder that uses the phone or tablet's camera to pinpoint locations.
- Video clips to help in identifying key film locations.
- Rate and Review options for each location.