Sony Pictures Studios Los Angeles Tour: What to Expect

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- Studios di Culver City over the years they have been the headquarters of numerous film companies in Los Angeles: the Triangle Film Corporation, MGM, Columbia Pictures and since 1990 are the Sony Pictures film studios. This has been the location of countless successful movies and TV series, such as Ben-Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Grand Hotel, The Wizard of Oz, Singin 'in the Rain and most recently Men in Black, Spider-Man and The Goldbergs .

Il big rainbow almost 29 meters high and 57 meters long from side to side welcomes visitors and reminds them that Dorothy with her little dog Toto met the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow right here, creating one of the films that made history of world cinema. Rainbow, the installation by artist Tony Tasset, is perhaps the most representative icon of these studios: the rainbow, in fact, is visible from miles away.



Index

  • Where they are and how to get there
  • History of the Studios
  • Sony Pictures Studios Tour: timetables and tickets
  • Sony Pictures Studios or Universal Studios? Selection guide
  • Where to sleep in the area?

Where they are and how to get there

Sony Pictures Studios are located at 10202 West Washington Boulevard in Culver City, California. As is often the case in Los Angeles, the easier way to reach the film studios is by car. The car park is located immediately after the entrance to theOverland Gate su Overland Avenue, nell’Overland Parking Garage.

Coming from the 405 Freeway heading south, exit on Washington / Culver Boulevard, turn left on Sawtelle Boulevard, left on Culver Boulevard and left again on Overland Avenue. Turn right to enter Overland Gate. Coming from the 405 Freeway northboundinstead, exit at Culver Boulevard and turn right on Culver Boulevard, then left on Overland Avenue, and finally right to enter Overland Gate. If you come instead from Santa Monica on the I-10 Freeway, exit and turn left on Overland Avenue, drive south on Overland and pass Washington Boulevard. Turn left and enter Overland Gate.



Se usi i By public transport you can take:

  • from Santa Monica and Venice you can use bus 733 and 33 getting off at the stop Venice/Overland and you'll be just a 10-minute walk from Sony Pictures Studios. You can also use the Metro Expo Line getting off at the Palms stop. However, keep in mind that you will have to walk at least 25 minutes.
  • from Downtown Los Angeles you can use the Metro Expo Line getting off at the usual Palms stop.

History of the Studios

The history of the Studios begins in 1913 with Harry Culver's dream of creating a community in one of his countless properties and concretely promoting his interest in the film industry. He managed to persuade director and producer Thomas Ince to move his Inceville Studios from Pacific Palisades to Culver City. In those years the Triangle Film Corporation was founded and Triangle Studios opened in Culver City with an iconic series of Greek columns as the main entrance, still existing today on Washington Boulevard. In 1918 Triangle Studios were sold to Samuel Goldwyn who expanded them.

In 1924 the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from the union of three movie houses and the Culver City studios they become MGM Studios: these are golden years for Hollywood and American cinema. The expanded and refurbished MGM Studios produce as many as 52 films a year, including such hits as Ben-Hur, Anna Karenina and the groundbreaking Technicolor musicals The Wizard of Oz from 1939 and Singin 'in the Rain from 1952. The former was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture (but that year it won Gone with the Wind), and won the Oscar for Best Original Song, “Over the Rainbow,” and Best Score.



Despite the many cinema successes, due to legal and financial crises, MGM Studios were sold in 1969 to Kirk Kerkorian who began to dismantle them, auctioning off the most valuable pieces and several movie sets such as Lot 2 where Singin 'in the Rain had been produced , National Velvet and Gigi.

In the XNUMXs, the Sony Corporation acquired Columbia Pictures Entertainment and the MGM studios, investing a rather large fortune in the refurbishment and restoration of the Culver City movie studios. Thus Sony Pictures Studios were born which today are open to the public and can be visited thanks to daily tours.

Sony Pictures Studios Tour: timetables and tickets

I Daily Tour by Sony Pictures Studios run for two hours and run every day from Monday to Friday. They start at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 13:30 pm and 14:30 pm, with some extra tours in the high season. Reservations are required through their online site. The minimum age to join the tour is 12 years old. The cost of the tour is dollars 50 and includes a guide and parking in the Overland Parking area.

I VIP Lunch Tour they last three hours and are organized every day from Monday to Friday at 11:00. The maximum number of visitors per group is 5 people. The tour costs dollars 175 and includes access to the Sony Museum, a Virtual Reality experience inside the museum, a 3-course lunch in the company of the guide to which you can ask curiosities and anecdotes about the studios, the actors and the films produced, parking in the Overland Parking area, a souvenir photo and a discount for the Sony Studios shop.


Sony Pictures Studios or Universal Studios? Selection guide

The decision between which film studios to visit is not easy, also because the cost is not very low and time often does not allow you to choose more than one during your vacation in California. Which studio tour to visit? Better Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Studios or Paramount Studios? What about Sony Pictures Studios?


The visit to Sony Pictures Studios is less spectacular than that of Universal Studios and, in fact, also of Warner Bros. Studios. The standard tour is entirely on foot (remember this if you book in the summer as it can get quite hot, especially if you choose the afternoon tours).

On the plus side, the ability to interact with your guide, generally small groups, and the fact that on the Sony Pictures Studios tour you will get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the longest-running film studios in the United States. You will have the opportunity to visit the sets where films such as The Wizard of Oz, Men in Black and Spider - Man were filmed as well as the house and van of the The Goldbergs family and the halls of historic American quiz shows such as Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. As the sets are still operational today, you may even meet some famous people on the tour, so keep your eyes peeled!

Where to sleep in the area?

The Culver City area does not offer much in the way of hotels, so I invite you to read our tips on where to sleep in Los Angeles to understand how to find strategic accommodation to visit the best attractions of the city.

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