Los Angeles it is the capital of the stars and stripes cinema: here the masterpieces that characterized the childhood of many of us came to life. After telling you how to visit Universal Studios and Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood and Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City we want to dedicate an article to what are the longest-running film studios in Los Angeles: i Paramount Pictures Studios.
The snow-capped mountain surrounded by stars from the Paramount Pictures logo has introduced films such as The Ten Commandments, Roman Holiday, Saturday Night Fever, The Godfather, Indiana Jones, Forrest Gump, Braveheart, Mission: Impossible and Titanic, to name a few. In over 100 years of business, the film company has produced some of the most famous films in history, as well as TV series that have become famous such as Star Trek, Happy Days, Monk and the most recent NCIS: Los Angeles, Glee, Gracie & Frankie, MacGiver and This is Us.
- Where is it and how to get there
- History of the Studios
- Paramount Studios Tour: timetables and tickets
- Studio Tour
- Vip Tour
- Paramount Studios or Universal Studios? Selection guide
- Where to sleep in the area?
Where is it and how to get there
L'ingresso per i Paramount Studios is at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Plymouth Boulevard.
- The most convenient way to get to Paramount Pictures' film studios is by cars. Parking costs $ 15 per day, but is included if you buy the VIP Tour by showing the ticket or the email confirming the purchase.
- Coming from the 101 Freeway, take the west exit onto Melrose Avenue and enter the Windsor Lot A, Parking A which is on the left at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Windsor Boulevard.
- Coming from the 10 Freeway, take the north exit on La Brea Avenue, turn right on Melrose Avenue and enter Windsor Lot A, parking A which is on the right, also on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Windsor Boulevard.
- Those who use public transport to get around Los Angeles will have to use the bus, lines 10 (from Downtown) and 704 (from Santa Monica) or alternatively the DASH service.
History of the Studios
La Paramount Pictures was founded in 1912 by producer Adolph Zukor who, in the following years, combined his business with that of three other companies and immediately began to present himself as a large cinema distributor. The studios logo it was created in those years by the entrepreneur WW Hodkinson: the mountain was a childhood memory of him in Utah, while the stars represented the first 22 stars who at that time were under contract with the film company. At the time, in fact, the actors could not work with multiple film companies and were 'bought' and 'sold' a bit like it happens today with footballers.
Thanks to the third co-founder, Jesse L. Lasky, in 1926 began the Construction of the Studios in Hollywood: the works cost $ 1 million, and eventually Paramount Pictures Studios spanned 26 acres and included 4 large sets. Today the Studios span 65 acres and include a whopping 30 different sets, as well as facilities such as the Blue Sky Tank, an area that is completely filled with water when needed, and the New York Street Backlot, the reconstruction of ten different New York neighborhoods.
The first Oscar came a few years after its foundation, in 1927 for the silent war film Wings, and confirmed the rise of the film company. The first version of The Ten Commandments which used Technicolor sequences also dates back to the 1956s (the second and most famous will also be produced by Paramount in XNUMX and will win the Oscar for best special effects).
The XNUMXs and XNUMXs were a time of great success and change for the Studios. These are the years of Psycho, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Godfather, King Kong, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Apocalypse Now and Star Trek, but they are also the years in which Paramount begins to enter the world of television by producing the first series TV: Mission: Impossible, Star Trek: The Original Series, Happy Days.
The Eighties and Nineties confirm the film house as one of the most important in the world: Forrest Gump, Braveheart and Titanic win the Oscars for Best Film and Best Director. Titanic, co-produced with 20th Century Fox, holds the record for Academy Awards: 11 statuettes, along with Ben-Hur and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It will also remain the highest grossing film in the history of cinema until 2009 when it will be surpassed by Avatar.
Paramount Studios Tour: timetables and tickets
You have the choice between due tour to discover all the secrets of Paramount Studios: lo Studio Tour and VIP Tour. It is important to point out that the visit schedule may vary depending on the planned film shooting operations, so what you can see during the tour varies from day to day and may sometimes even be a little less interesting than usual.
Lo Studio Tour it lasts about 2 hours and the cost is dollars 58 (taxes included). Advance booking is recommended, but it is also possible to join the group by buying the ticket on site. Be careful though, because the groups are of 7 people maximum therefore, especially on weekends, it is easy to get sold-out.
Guided tours take place every day in the morning or in the afternoon.
- In the morning you can choose a time between the 9 and the 11.30. One tour departs every 30 minutes.
- In the afternoon the tours continue with the same scan in a going time slot from 12: 00 to 15.30.
Using a golf cart, you will visit the various areas of the Studios, discovering behind the scenes of famous films and TV series, as well as iconic places such as the Bronson Gate (one of the historical gates that delimit the studies and thanks to which Charles Bronson of Once upon a time in the West, The hero of the road and The executioner of the night took his stage name), the New York Street Backlot (the streets of New York) and the Prop Warehouse (a large warehouse where costumes and stage accessories are kept).
Il VIP tour it lasts 4.30 hours and costs dollars 178 (taxes included). Reservation is required.Tours run Monday to Friday at 9:30 or 13:00 only.
This tour allows theaccess to archives andspecial effects and sounds area, a gourmet lunch or aperitif with champagne according to the chosen tour time, plus 15% discount at the shop. Parking and a souvenir photo are included in the price. Thanks to this tour you will explore parts of the Studios that are generally not open to the public and feel like a VIP among the VIPs.
Paramount Studios or Universal Studios? Selection guide
When you are in Hollywood you cannot miss at least one of the great Los Angeles film studios that have made the history of cinema… it would be a missed opportunity! To choose well which one and not risk being disappointed, it is important to know what to expect from each proposed tour from the biggest American movie houses.
In the case of Paramount Studios, you shouldn't expect a breathtaking tour between special effects like that of Universal Studios: these studios i am not a theme park but real movie sets still operational. Walking or moving on board the shuttle you could in fact meet Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Chris O'Donnell, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin or Lucas Till and all actors who, at the time of writing, right at Paramount Studios, are playing their characters in the television series produced by Paramount Pictures.
In a nutshell I recommend that you choose a Paramount Studios tour if you want one guided tour with only a few other people in your group, and with the support of a guide who talks anecdotes and curiosities showing movie scenes shot in the sets you are visiting on a tablet. Thanks to the supplied earphones you will have no difficulty listening to the guide while you look around you and explore the studios (mainly outside). The opportunity to interact with the guide and also to see inside some sets still in use are an advantage of these tours to really understand how the behind-the-scenes scenes of films that have made the history of cinema work.
Where to sleep in the area?
For all advice on the overnight in the Hollywood area and in Los Angeles in general, I refer you to our dedicated article. At the link below you will find specific advice on the neighborhood in question.
Tips on where to sleep in West Hollywood