Paramount Studios, Los Angeles

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  • What are Paramount Studios?
  • Paramount Studios Tour
  • Where they are and how to get there
  • History, curiosities and information

Los Angeles is the mecca of cinema not only in the United States, but also in the world. All the big movie houses have passed this way.

Some of them, like Universal and Paramount, have turned their studios into attractions for tourists, who can visit them, experiencing the experience of being on a film set.



If you want to experience the thrill of being in the middle of a real movie set, then you absolutely must visit Paramount Studios of Los Angeles, while in the city.

What are Paramount Studios?

Paramount Studios remained one of the only real film studios of Los Angeles, in addition to being i longest-lived in the city and those where films are still made, especially television shows.

Unlike Universal, which has transformed its studios into a real amusement park, at Paramount you will have the opportunity to take part in one more traditional studio tour, but certainly no less fascinating: here you can see how a film studio really works, because in this place the films are made for real, not just to entertain the public.

Paramount Studios Tour

To visit Paramount Studios in Los Angeles you have the choice between three different experiences:

Paramount Pictures Studio Tour – $58,00

Features

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Availability: morning and afternoon
  • Children aged 10 and over are allowed
  • Taxes included in the price
  • Reservation recommended

Technical Information

The Paramount Pictures Studio Tour will take you to discover the past and present of the famous film company, guiding you through the experience of visiting a real film studio where, even today, some of the most important shows for television are shot.



Paramount Pictures VIP Tour – $178

Features

  • Duration: 4 ½ hours
  • VIP access to archives and some sets
  • Lunch or aperitif
  • 15% discount at the Studio Store
  • Reserved parking
  • Memory picture
  • By reservation only
  • Children aged 10 and over are allowed
  • Availability: morning 9:30 - afternoon 13:00

Technical Information

Paramount Studios VIP Tour gives visitors the unique opportunity to visit some sets, the area where special effects are produced and where the sound engineers work and have access to archives, where the props of past productions are also kept.

During the tour, visitors are offered lunch or an aperitif, depending on the choice of tour time (morning or afternoon).

Paramount Pictures After Dark Tour – $78,00

Features

  • Duration: 2 hours (on foot)
  • It is held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Access to Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • Champagne toast
  • Reserved parking
  • Children aged 16 and over are admitted
  • Reservation recommended

Technical Information

Not all the stories born at Paramount Studios have made it to the big screen. Some of them, strange, curious and, at times, even a little scary, have remained well kept secrets inside the studios.


Secrets that will be revealed to you during this interesting night tour, during which visitors are escorted through some of the studio's most hidden corners and beyond all’Hollywood Forever Cemetery, to know the most interesting details of life, and death, of some of the characters who rest there.


Those who have booked a studio tour are requested to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start.

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Where they are and how to get there

The Paramount Studios entrance is located at 5515 of Melrose Avenue.

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Metro bus n.10 and get off at the Melrose Gower / Melrose Bronson or Melrose / Van Ness stop, depending on the point of the Studios you want to reach.

Those who travel by Metro can take a train from the Red line, get off at Hollywood / Vine station and continue on a line 10 bus.

By car

However, the best way to reach Pramount Studios is by car. Those arriving from the 101 Freeway should turn west directly onto Melrose Avenue, while those arriving from the 10 Freeway should take the north exit onto La Brea Avenue and then turn right onto Melrose Avenue.

If you are coming from the 101 Freeway, the car park (Windsor Lot A) is on the left, while if you are coming from the 10 Freeway the car park is on the right.


Parking costs $ 15,00. For those who have purchased the VIP Tour or the After Dark Tour, the cost of parking is included in the price.

History, curiosities and information

We are all well aware of the image of a snow-capped mountain surrounded by a crown of stars. We've seen it hundreds of times, just before one of our favorite movies started.

But how did Paramount become one of the most famous movie houses in the world? Here is a quick recap of its incredible history!


History

With more than 100 years of history behind it, Paramount Pictures is one of the most famous and long-lived film production houses in the history of cinema. She is also the only one who continues to use her Hollywood studios to make films.

Paramount began producing its first films in the 10s, achieving ever greater success over the following decades, also thanks to important titles such as "The Ten Commandments", "War and Peace", "The Blob", "Psyco" and "Saturday Night Fever".

In the 60s and 70s, with the advent of television, Paramount achieved more and more success, thanks to TV series that have become real myths, such as "Star Trek", "Mork & Mindy", which had for protagonist the unforgettable Robin Williams, and "Happy Days".

In the '80s and' 90s, Paramount churned out some films that are considered true masterpieces: the "Friday the 13th" series, the "Indiana Jones" films, "Forrest Gump", "Braveheart", "Mission: impossible ”,“ Titanic ”,“ Saving Private Ryan ”.

Initially, Paramount's studios spanned an area of ​​approximately 105.218m2, and had 4 sets available. Today, they have reached an extension of about 263 thousand square meters, with 30 set available to shoot movies.

Among the most famous sets are the Blue Sky Tank and New York Street backlot, within which 10 districts of the city have been reconstructed.

Curiosity

As we said, in the Paramount studios they still turn around the TV series.

Currently, here are the sets of productions such as "The Blacklist", "Get Shorty", "Grace and Frankie", "Hawaii Five - O", "MacGyver", "NCIS: Los Angeles", "This is us".

If you are lucky, therefore, you may come across famous producers and actors, such as Jane Fonda, Chris' O Donnell and Milo Ventimiglia.

Information and advice for the visit

Here some advices that will allow you to make the most of your experience at Paramount Studios:

  • bring a valid identity document with you, you will need it to enter;
  • never forget a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a bottle of water. It's hot in Los Angeles!
  • Bring your camera! Paramount studios are the only ones that allow visitors to take photographs;
  • wear comfortable shoes as although some tours involve traveling with a vehicle, you will still have to walk to reach certain areas of the studios.

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