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Paramount Pictures - Studio Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Explore over a century of Hollywood history and witness more in the making at the Studio where it all began - Paramount Pictures - the only major Studio actually located in Hollywood. During your visit, you’ll see where some of the most celebrated motion pictures and TV shows are made. On the tour, led by an engaging Studio Page, you will visit iconic locations like the legendary Bronson Gate, New York Street Backlot, and the Prop Warehouse. You'll arrive a welcomed guest and leave a true industry insider
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

I absolutely loved this. we did the regular tour (rather than the VIP one) and were taken around by an incredibly knowledgeable guide who was very clued up on the history of the studios, what was going on now, and all the previous productions there. you really get to see the studios (not inside the sets, but the backlots) and heaps of bits of inside information. our guide was obviously very passionate about the whole movie / tv world and had fantastic knowledge outside of just paramount
definitely highly recomend this, worth the money

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Reviewed 19 November 2013

We had a very pleasant and knowledgeable guide and the tour us well structured. Lots of interesting facts to be gleaned and they even throw in a chef to cook you a proper lunch. The VIP tour lasts 4 and a half hours yet flies by. Well worth it.

1  Thank Andy F
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Went on the 2 hour guided tour of Paramount Studios. Bought tickets on-line before we left home. Parking for the 2 hour tour is across the road in the vacant lot - cost was $10.00 to the parking attendant. Be there half an hour before which gives you time to take photos of the famous gate. Make sure you bring photo ID with you also for security. Was lucky that "Glee" was filming the day we were there and we saw 5 cast members milling the grounds. Interesting history and a relaxing tour being taken around on golf carts and if your lucky, into some sound studios. We were lucky to see inside "Community", "Dr Phil" and "The Doctors" and outside sets for "Glee". Well worth the visit.

Thank jetsettingaussies
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Tips - Prior to the Tour:
- Book online in advance.
- DON'T drive up to the front gate, unless you have booked a VIP tour.
- For $10, you can park across the street from the gates, in "Car Lot A". Have your money ready, drive in, and hand your keys to the valet.
- If you use the car park, tip the valet when you collect your car. It will be greatly appreciated. :)
- Arrive at the entrance no more than half an hour before your scheduled tour
- Have photo ID ready at the entrance.
- parts of the tour are in the open: take sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat and water.
- each guest is provided with an ear piece that picks up the guide's audio, so you won't have a problem hearing the narration.
- This is a true behind-the-scenes tour; if you want celebrity-spotting and glitz, book tickets to the filming of a show.

Tips for the Tour:
- Ask for Katie! She was awesome. Our paths crossed with a guide called Justin, and he seemed really good, as well.
- Be prepared to answer questions about your favourite films and TV shows at the outset of the tour: while the questions seem informal, your answers may well shape the content of your tour.
- Be mindful and respectful of places where it is, and is not, appropriate to take pictures.

Paramount is a working studio, not a museum. So if you turn up more than half and hour before your scheduled tour (which you should book online in advance, for convenience), you will be asked to return at a suitable time. This happened to my companion and I, and we had no problem sitting at a bus stop near the gates, until it was time to check in. Obviously, for security purposes, they can't have members of the public roaming about the place free-range.

Also, this is not a celebrity tour, so don't gawp at people working around the studios. You'll embarrass those of us with an interest in film. ;)

Our tour guide Katie was fabulous: she accommodated the tastes of all (six in total) guests of various ages, deftly balancing historical, contemporary, factual and comical elements. Her style was highly inclusive, so we didn't feel like a bunch of mindless zombies being shuttled about the place and spoken at.

She seemed genuinely pleased by our (particularly my) enthusiasm, and even stopped briefly outside one building that I took a particular interest in. (The Technicolour Building, by the way. Not an old/historic building, but they do a lot of interesting work in there!)

I have read reviews where people complained about seeing buildings that are "all the same". I couldn't disagree more. Paramount Studios is full of fascinating film history, and seeing individual studios where a great many excellent films were made, is wonderful! As is seeing all the little offices along the way. Admittedly we were also fortunate to look at a couple of working sets. They don't look like they would if they were actually filming, because they're not filming. That's the point. If you want to see a glitzy, working set, this is not the tour for you. A better option would be to book tickets to see a show being recorded.

Walking through the "New York" and "Chicago" sets is another highlight, as is peeking behind the doors of a few of these incredible buildings.

The iconic water tower and its role in The Ten Commandments (Charlton Heston as Moses, parting the waters), is fascinating from a film-making perspective, and nicely ties in Paramount studio history (an epic film) with a thoroughly contemporary context (a car park, believe it or not, but you'll have to discover that snippet for yourself).

As with all tours, the quality of the guide impacts considerably on one's enjoyment. The guides we saw on the day all seemed nice, but I felt grateful we had Katie. Her factual knowledge, sincerity and sense of humour were all appreciated. Ours was her last tour of the day, and she was very generous with her time. My companion and I genuinely enjoyed chatting with her in the gift shop when the tour concluded.

Regarding the gift shop: I purchased things though I hadn't intended to. I have to say, the prices of the items I purchased were very reasonable.

p.s. Katie (named after Kate Hepburn by her film-loving father) is hoping to establish a career behind-the-scenes. I hope you read this, Katie, and want to wish you all the best!

5  Thank _uber_
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Great to be on the golf buggy going around the lot but so much more could have been made of the history and background of the studio and the films made there. They have a wonderful theatre and movie making is their business - so why not show a film about the studios with the history and then the buggy tour? Our guide was not so good and the focus was very much on the here and now so found this disappointing as I was interested in the past history. $50 dollars each so not such great value but glad I went as the only working studio left in LA and it was great to see it, particularly those gates.......

Thank JuneHerts
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