Studios and Studio Tours
Studios and Studio Tours
Since you will be working in the entertainment industry, it is advisable that you become familar with the studios. One of the best ways to do this is to take a studio tour!
For students who have never been on a movie or television set, the first thing you need to be prepared for on a studio tour is that it is really a bunch of warehouses full of lights, cables and set pieces. You get limited access to sets, and never when they are in use. The chances of seeing actors are slim, although it happens occasionally. The quality of the experience usually depends on the quality of the guide and how much of a fan you are. Some tours are by tram, others are walking, and some combine the two. Most studio tours have an age limit.
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604
CBS Studio Center, located in Studio City, California, is a full service production facility including eighteen sound stages and over 210,000 square feet of supporting office space.
CBS Studio Center doesn’t offer a public tour, but here is a brief history and glimpse into the workings of the Studio for those who just need to know.
Also, for those who would like to be a part of a live studio taping, Brothers in Law, Hot in Cleveland and Last Man Standing are taped there and offer free tickets to be in the audience.
Hollywood Center Studios
1040 North Las Palmas Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Hollywood Center Studios has a rich and colorful history that mirrors the development of Hollywood and the growth of the entertainment industry. The studio has played host to some of the most notable productions of the past century, including such iconic television shows as “I Love Lucy,” “The Addams Family,” “Jeopardy!” and “The Cosby Show,” as well as scores of groundbreaking films including “The Karate Kid,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and “The Player.”
Hollywood Center Studios currently does not offer public tours. However, favorite Disney Shows like Ant Farm, Austin & Aly and Jesse are taped there and offer you the chance to participate in a studio audience.
5555 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Experience 100 years of Hollywood history and witness more in the making with an intimate tour of the Paramount Pictures studio lot. During your visit, a knowledgeable guide will lead your small group on a behind-the-scenes look at the longest operating and only remaining major studio in Hollywood. You’ll see where some of the most celebrated motion pictures and TV shows were made and leave feeling like a part of film history.
Depending on how much time you have and how much you want to experience, they offer two exclusive tour options:
Paramount Pictures Studio Tour (2 hours) – an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the overall Paramount legacy and studio lot.
Paramount Pictures VIP Studio Tour (4 ½ hours) – An in-depth, insider’s experience, which includes special access to even more Hollywood history and magic unavailable to the general public.
10202 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Take the Sony Pictures Studios Tour and step back into a legendary time. Located on one of the world’s most famous studio lots, our walking tour gives you a rare glimpse of old Hollywood’s glory days and an insider’s view of a state-of-the-art motion picture studio.
Not only is this the studio where the Yellow Brick Road once wound through Munchkin Land, it is also the place where the agents from “Men In Black” battled aliens from outer space and Spider-Man catapulted from skyscraper to skyscraper. Our dynamic studio tour guides will shed light on the film and television production process by taking you to various soundstages and by sharing tales of days gone by. You may even have the chance to visit the sets of the hit game shows “Jeopardy!” or “Wheel of Fortune.”
Filled with movie, television and commercial productions on any given day, you never know what- or who- will be just around the corner!
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
800 Number: 800.864.8377
Go behind-the-scenes on the legendary Studio Tour to explore Hollywood’s most famous backlot in the world’s largest working movie studio.
Visit 13 new city blocks on four acres of historic studio lot in the largest set construction project in studio history, built with creative consultation from Steven Spielberg himself.
You’ll laugh along with comedian Jimmy Fallon, the new video host of the Studio Tour. The star of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” introduces entertaining clips seen on HD monitors in the trams to augment the live Studio Tour guide narration.
The Studio Tour also includes the award-winning King Kong 360 3-D created by Peter Jackson, plus:
- Encounter the eerie plane crash from War of the Worlds
- See Wisteria Lane from ABC’s hit series Desperate Housewives
- Come face-to-face with Norman Bates at the legendary Bates Motel from Psycho
- Witness the explosive special effects of the Fast and the Furious: Extreme Close-Up
- Brace yourself as Jaws lurks deep beneath the waters
…. and much, much more!
The Studio Tour is included with all theme park admission tickets.
3400 Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91522
The VIP Tour offers an intimate glimpse behind the scenes at Warner Bros. Studios.
Get Tickets Now! or Call 877-4-WB-TOUR
Departs: Mon-Fri 8:15am-4pm and Weekends (limited availability)
Duration: 2hrs 25 min
Your knowledgeable tour guide will show you where and how we create some of the most memorable moments in film and television history.
You’ll start your adventure at the Warner Bros. Tour Store & Center. Conveniently located in the VIP Tour Center is a WB gift shop, Starbucks Coffee and Villa Dolce Gelato. Adjacent to the Tour Center is the Studio Plaza Café where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch among studio personnel (open weekdays)
You’re then ready to start your journey through the historic Warner Bros. back lot. From Midwest Street’s quaint town square to Hennesy Street’s urban city exteriors, to the Jungle’s forested lagoon, you’re sure to recognize these locations from some of today’s and yesterday’s most popular films and television series.
Walk on to the set of a hit television show and visit the costume and prop departments. Browse a rare collection of costumes, props, sets, scripts and correspondence in the Warner Bros. Museum, Hollywood’s only studio museum! See Stage 16- the tallest sound stage in North America. Even take a photo placing you into your favorite WB movie with the magic of Green Screen!
With actual filming and production all around, no two tours are alike and the possibilities are endless! And always, always be on the lookout for a star!