Los Angeles is the place to be for movie and television buffs. Locals and tourists can go behind the scenes on public tours of well-known film studio back-lots. Learn behind the scene facts, view cool props and sets and possibly get a glimpse of a celebrity! Here is a list of studios that you should consider on your next visit to L.A.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
3400 Riverside Dr.
Burbank, CA 91522
For one of the best tours around, stop by Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, who will treat guests to a great studio tour. Featuring behind the scenes news, visits to sound stages, sets and black lot streets, it’s one tour you won’t want to miss. This is home to TV shows such as “Friends,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Big Bang Theory.” Harry Potter fans will be delighted to visit the Warner Brothers Museum as one floor is dedicated to the popular movie. Guests can view props and costumes from other memorable movies and TV shows as well. Choose from three tours: a studio tour, a deluxe tour and a group tour. Studio Tours are available in Spanish.
Sony Pictures Studio Tours
10202 W Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Formerly MGM Studios, this walking tour treats visitors to where the Yellow Brick Road wrapped through Munchkinland. Aliens also called this lot home when “Men In Black” was filmed here. The studio is located in Culver City and offers free parking to visitors as well as a stop at their exclusive Studio Emporium. You might even see Vanna White as the “Wheel of Fortune” is taped at Sony.
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Paramount Studios Tour
5555 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Visitors can choose between the Studio Tour or the Paramount Pictures VIP Studio tour. Both tours are intimate and give you details about this historic Hollywood studio which is celebrating 100 years this year. The Paramount Pictures VIP Studio tour includes parking and offers VIP access to the archives and production facilities. Movies such as “The Fighter” and “True Grit” were both filmed at Paramount.
Universal Studio Hollywood Tour
100 Universal City Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 91608
The difference between this tour and the others is that admittance is through the Universal Studios theme park. Jimmy Fallon is the video host on the tram which guides you through 13 city blocks of studio history. The tour includes the King King 360 3-D attraction, a visit to Wisteria Lane from ABC’s “Desperate Wives,” a drive past the Bates Motel from “Psycho” and a possible a visit from a famous and terrifying great white shark.
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