Sitting pretty under the famous Hollywood Sign is the Paramount Studio site, and a visit here is a memorable experience. ... More
The Studios at Paramount
Sitting pretty under the famous Hollywood Sign is the Paramount Studio site, and a visit here is a memorable experience. Avail of one of the studio tours, and let a bit of Hollywood glamor rub off on you. The venue's huge, the wrought-iron double arch gate at Melrose & Windsor is an architectural wonder in itself, and it opens on to vast premises where Hollywood productions come to life. Wander through the Bronson Gate, and watch screenings in progress within the only big-time motion picture studio in the area. The huge library contains more than 1,000 titles, including many Oscar winners. Dating back to 1912, the place also contains a crockful of history. If you are really, really interested, send in your resume, and they might just hire you! In any case, be sure to keep an autograph book at hand when here to gather a bit of stardust!
After several trips to the LA area and going on tours of other studios, we decided to take the Paramount Studios tour. It was MUCH better than the others we have attended (Universal, NBC, etc). Our guide, Abby, did a great job of getting us around the studio and was very informative. Most of the tour is by a large golf cart (holds 9 people including the guide). You do get out and walk some (inside sound stages, around the New York lot) - but it wasn't a problem. Abby got us on the sound stages of Entertainment Tonight and Everybody Hates Chris. We talked with the stars of Everybody Hates Chris and got pictures with some of them as they waited between takes. It lasted exactly 2 hours and was well worth the price!!
This is a 2 hour historical tour of the studio and includes visits to actual productions when possible. It is now conducted on a tour cart. The largest tour group is 8 at a time... providing an fun and interesting tour as well as a personal experience. 35 dollars a person. 2 hours . book in advance!
After reading some of the reviews, I was reluctant to take this tour. I am glad that I did. The tour group was limited to eight visitors and we were escorted around the 65 acre lot on a tram. We visited the sets of Soul Train, Nip Tuck, Entertainment Tonight and Everybody Hates Chris. In fact, we actually got to see them film an exterior shot for the show on the back lot. Our tour guide took us into the control booth of Insider where we actually got to see them edit the show a few minutes before it was broadcast to the affiliates. We also visited a film editing room. The two hours went by very quickly. There no longer is an introductory movie on the studio and the gift shop is very small (soon to be expanded, according to our guide. Unlike Warner Brothers which restricts you from taking photographs of most of their sets, our tour guide let us take pictures freely. All in all, we found it a worthwhile experience.
I took this tour a while back. We went on the set of entertainment tonight and extra. Met Mary Hart, and then they let us take pictures of each other on the Extra soundstage. We walked around on the set of Charmed. We went on the set of a few shows I don't remember, but my friend watched them. We saw the two guys from Nip Tuck cruise by on the back of one of those little golf cars, they waved hello. Holly Robinson Peete walked through and said hello to us. We did lots, and they let us take pictures outside of the sets. I noticed a few negative reviews so I just had to mention that we had a great time...it may simply depend on your luck, when you tour and which tour guide you happen to get(?).
I went on a short tour of paramount studios as i was a guest on the Dr. Phil show, and I was greeted by good people, and welcomed! I also got the chance to meet Corbin B. from LA Law. He was very cool, and acted so friendly, didn't shy away! Anyway, I highly recommend a tour of Paramount Studios; I even saw the setting of Stuart Little, that was great too!
My husband and I first called the number outside and were told there were no audience tickets available but We could go on thge TOUR for $35 a piece. After going on the 2 PM tour with guide SARA we found out Dr. Phil show was taping and they LIED to us. Then after seeing being showb vert little by Sara and her relaying stories she tried to tell us that sometimes W C Fields comes out and mumbles to Visitors.in a senile state as he is 96..I questioned this as I belived him to be deceased...When I returned home I looked it up and determined that he died in the 40's..So a falsehood had been prepetuated..So I began to question everything we were told by this guide....She would not let us (still photos ) film many things as she felt people would get MAD at her I Felt that WE paid to do such and should have been allowed to take snapshots.....The walking was extensive and I believe this was done so the tour would last 2 hours....I would have like to have my money back...Additionally everything was over with at 2PM when the tour began, a waste of time.
After being on numerous studio tours like Warner Bros and Universal I found the Paramount Studio tour to be a complete waste of valuable holiday time. I was really looking forward to visiting the home of great shows such as Frasier and Startrek however fans should note you probably wont see anything apart from restrooms and old buildings with a few black and white photographs of stars who have been there in the past. Paramount decided to open the tour again this summer (2004) at a cost of $35 per person. They should'nt have bothered. All of the guides turned up late, on our particular tour we stopped for a restroom break twice wasting 20 mins. We spent 20 mins sitting down in an empty cinema ...The list goes on and on. We didnt see the soundstages of any current sets, nor did we see props from current movies. All of this was stated on the tour brochure. A definate miss.
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