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“The story behind the Hearst empire”

Hearst Castle Theater
Ranked #12 of 14 things to do in San Simeon
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oregon
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113 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“The story behind the Hearst empire”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

See this movie before you take the trip up to Hearst Castle. Gives good history on the Hearst family, the making of their "empire" and the story behind and building of the Castle. The movie is included when you purchase a tour ticket.

Visited March 2013
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Ventura, CA
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38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fabulous Movie on Hearst Castle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2012

This great adventure tale begins with the small airplane swooping over gorgeous coastal hills dotted with giant oaks. The film is so well made and it tells the story of Hearst and the building of the great castle so well and in such an involving fashion! It feels like an Indiana Jones adventure from the start to finish. It added so much to the tour experience to see this film first. I love that this film has been done is such a way as to inform and educate while entertaining so thoroughly. Bravo!

Visited September 2012
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Cozumel, Mexico
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Worth seeing”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2012

It is worth seeing, but it is a Hollywood production and so it seems to have little on substance and more on image. I think they should have a second movie that is more of a documentary and gives more history on the construction, the Hearst empire, and on Julia Morgan. It is included in the price of the tour, so be sure to do it before you go up into the estate. This way if you are not familiar with the Hearst story, it will make your tour much more interesting. You can also view it after the tour.

Visited August 2012
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Santa Barbara, California
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Well worth the time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2012

As I mentioned in my review of Hearst Castle, this is all about making dreams come true - and the movie does a great job telling that story.
It is inspiring to anyone who can appreciate the dreams of others, and motivated to pursue their own.
The Castle and the movie are most appreciated by pre-teens and older, and well worth the time - especially since the ticket is included with any tour of the Castle.

I recommend seeing the movie before your tour, but either way, make sure you see it. It is well done, and worth the time.

Visited July 2012
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San Luis Obispo CA
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A must, at least once”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2012

Before taking tour #1 we saw the movie at the visitor center. It was wonderful. You feel as if you are in the movie, as it is almost like 3-D. Very informative with lots of info re the building of the castle and Mr. Hearst's early life. Don't miss it.

Visited July 2011
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