|Hollywood stars all have on thing in common they have
all passed through the gates of the dream factories, The Studios.
To-days stars still drive through some of the very gates that
welcomed such Hollywood legends as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and
Clark Gable before them. Of the dozens of Film TV studios in
Hollywood only a handful offer guided tours. Fortunately these are
perhaps the best known and some of the most historic. Here is a guide
to those that offer tours and the names locations of those that
do not. I list these non touring studios as you can obtain audience
tickets, to view live shows in some of them. Quite a few of the older
studios are well worth viewing from the outside for their look alone.
Theme Parks incorporating Studios Tours.
|The Theme Park includes a tram tour
of Universal's back lot taking you through many well known sets,
being attacked by Jaws experiencing an earthquake. An informal
tour that will not bore the kids in fact they will simple love
Price included in admission cost to Universal.
1313 Harbor Boulevard
|This back lot tour is new this year
at Disney Anaheim. Their new Adventure park contains a Hollywood
Pictures back lot tour with particular attention paid to animation
and special effects.
Price included in admission to Disney.
Studio Tours only.
|Warner Bros Studios
VIP Studio Tour
4000 Warner Blvd,
|This two hour plus tour is an actual
tour of working studios, no two tours are alike as you are seeing
actual work in progress. So the chance of seeing a star behind
or in front of the camera is excellent. Tour the Costume dept,
Scenic dept, the Mill that creates sets for films TV. Then
tour the exterior sets that you will recognize from films
TV, last is Warner's on-lot Studio Museum a collection of over
70 years worth film making. There are 4 Best picture Oscars, clothes
worn by the stars, A Casablanca museum with the original
piano, John Wayne's saddle and even James Deans Triumph Motor
bike. This two floor museum contains virtually something from
every Warner Bros Film. This tour is limited to up to 12 people
at a time including your well informed guide, so it is worth booking
|Paramount Studio Tour
5555 Melrose Ave.
|Paramount Studios perhaps the most
famous studio gates in the world and now the only major studio
actually located in Hollywood. This 2 hour guided walking tour,
incorporates an historical and informational behind the scenes
look at the daily workings of a film studio. Don't be surprised
if you spot a star after all they work here.
Paramount Ranch Rd,
Agoura Hills. CA.
Free of charge
|For over sixty years this site as been
used as Tombstone, Arizona, Dodge City most other towns.
TV series such as CHIPS, Duke of Hazards Charlie's Angels,
many classic westerns including Gunfight at the OK Corral
many John Wayne films have been shot here. The ranch is still
a working movie ranch Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman is
filmed here by CBS on weekdays in the Western Town on the ranch.
Other filming also takes place here in 1999 several sets were
built for The Flintstones: Viva Rock Vegas. The ranch is
now open to the public including its western town: all free
of charge but don't be surprised if the place looks familiar
when you visit, the hills surroundings have been seen in
100's of movies and TV scenes.
10202 W Washington
|This is the former home of Hollywood's
greatest studios MGM . This is like Paramount's tour a walking
tour of the studio's back lot, sets, sound stages and historic
scenery. There is also a mini museum snack area. Being a
working studio you will also have the chance of seeing some live
shooting and acting.
|KCET Studio Tour
4401 Sunset Blvd.
Free of Charge
|This historic studio was the former
home of Monogram Pictures and Allied Artists, and now houses LA's
own public TV station KCET. Over its 90 years existence legends
such as Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power, Edward G Robinson,
Audrey Hepburn, Steve McQueen etc have all worked in this studio.
The last film released by the studio in 1965 was Tickle Me
starring Elvis Presley. Since when the studio has been a TV
facility and since 1970 the home of KCET. The free 90 min. tour
takes you through the old movie studio lot and the current studios
production facilities. Advance phone bookings are required.
NBC TV Studio Tour
3000 West Alameda Ave,
NBC is the only commercial TV station in LA that offers a behind
the scenes tour of its facilities. This 70 min. walking tour
offers a down to earth view of a working TV studio. This guided
tour gives you the chance to go deep into the vast warehouse
areas where costumes and props are stored. See Studio3 where
the Tonight Show is recorded by Jay Leno guests and view
video's on NBC's history.
|The Hollywood Studio Museum
The DeMille Barn,
2100 N. Highland Blvd,
|This simple wooden framed building
is one of the most important structures of the Golden Age Of Hollywood.
It was in this barn that Cecil B. DeMille shot Hollywood's first
full length feature film The Squaw Man with his partners
Samuel Goldwyn and Jessie Lasky. This little barn was the start
of, and the future Paramount Studios that went on to make
many Hollywood blockbusters and still do to-day. This barn was
moved in 1920 to Paramount where it spent the next 60 years. Rescued
in 1982 and moved to its present location, opposite the Hollywood
Bowl, this barn is now the Hollywood Studio Museum.
Now a museum to the movie industry, simply brimming with exhibits
and articles from the classic films of Hollywood.
Studios listed below
do not have tours. Entrance can be obtained by obtaining free audience
ticket's to watch their live TV shows recordings.
|Charlie Chaplin Studios
(Formerly AM Records now Henson Studios)
1416 N. La Brea Avenue
|Charlie Chaplin built this studio in
1917 filming all of his films here over the next 20 years. Built
to resemble an English village this studio still stands today
at the corner of La Brea and Sunset Boulevard. Recently sold by
AM Records to Henson Productions ( the Muppets creators )
this historic studio cannot be visited by tour or ticket.
Designated as an Historic Monument (No 58), the plaque can be
found at the entrance. When standing here it is hard to believe
that when Chaplin built this studio the area was little more than
acres of orange groves. Worth a visit to take a picture of this
unusual of the old studio.
|The Culver Studios
9336 W. Washington Blvd
|The historic Culver Studios has perhaps
the most attractive exterior of all the studios, a copy of George
Washington's mansion Mount Vernon. This was the mansion featured
in the opening credits of David O Selznick's Gone With the
Wind which was filmed here in 1939. Many classic films were
shot here including Citizen Kane King Kong. A most see studio
No tours but Live audience tickets available see below.
(formerly Columbia Pictures Studios)
1438 N. Gower Street
|Columbia Pictures was founded by Harry
Jack Cohen in 1920. Over the years this studio has given
many great movies including From Here to Eternity , Mr. Smith
Goes to Washington, On The Waterfront, Ghostbusters to name
just a few. Now an independent production studios that hires out
No tours but Live audience tickets are available see below.
|Walt Disney Studios.
500 S. Buena Vista Street
|Opened in 1937 this is the studio that
produced all those classic Disney animated films and still produces
Disney films to this day. There are no tours here but the large
building that faces the main gate contains a very large 7 Dwarfs,
cast in stone, individually standing arms aloft, reaching up as
if supporting the roof of the building. The sight of these Giant
Dwarfs are worth a visit alone.
No tours but Live audience are tickets available see below.
|Warner Hollywood Studios.
7200 Santa Monica Blvd
|This was the United Artists studio
in 1928 formed by Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin
and D.W.Griffith. Became the Samuel Goldwyn Studios in the 50's
where all those classical musicals were made. Since 1980 has been
the Warner Brothers TV studios where TV series such as Dynasty
have been filmed. Right next door to the famous Formosa
No tours but Live audience tickets are available see below.
4151 Prospect Ave
|CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Ave
|CBS TV Center
7800 Beverly Blvd LA
Tickets free from ticket office
at corner of Beverly Fairfax
|Hollywood Center Studios
1040 N. Palmas Ave
5800 Sunset Boulevard.
5300 Melrose Avenue
Opposite is a famous Celebrity cafe Lucy's El Adobe Cafe
846 N. Cahuenga Blvd
|20th.Century Fox Studios
10201 Pico Boulevard
The above studios are a selection from the dozens in LA
but they are the main ones to visit.
Tickets for Live TV Shows and Tapings are available
free from the following agencies. These tickets can be obtained in advance,
well worth the postage if you are on a limited time scale or if you require
to watch one particular show. Unless otherwise stated tickets are only
available from the agencies below.
Tickets by mail include SASE
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City. CA 91608
|A Ticket booth for walk up tickets
is available in the Entertainment Center at Universal Studios,
but this is behind the entrance so a tour fee is required to get
to this booth.
Ticket Line: 818-506-0067.
||Reserved seats for television shows, as well as
parts for crowd scenes in commercials, movies, and television
shows are available.
Tel: 323-467-4697 or 323-653-4105.
|Free TV Tickets.
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