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“A Must See When Visiting Hearst Castle”

Hearst Castle Theater
Ranked #12 of 15 things to do in San Simeon
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Marina, California
Level 6 Contributor
166 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“A Must See When Visiting Hearst Castle”
Reviewed 30 April 2013

The IMAX movie is outrageous. We particularly enjoyed the airplane scenes. You get the impression you're flying.

Visited April 2013
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Titusville
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1,666 reviews
1,103 attraction reviews
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“See the movie first”
Reviewed 23 April 2013

They tell you to show up 20 minutes before the tour, but to see the movie first you need to be there an hour before your tour. If you can see the movie first as it answers a lot of questions and sets up others to ask the tour guide about. The movie is typical NG great photography and well narrated. WR as the guides refer to William Randolph was an imposing man of 6'4" and heavy; however, he was quite shy around crowds. You better understand the man versus the myth with the combination of the movie, the guide information and the visual tour of the second floor especially. The movie comes with the price of the ticket. See it before as you may be too tired after the tour.

Visited April 2013
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5 Thank James H
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oregon
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122 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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“The story behind the Hearst empire”
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
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fabulous Movie on Hearst Castle”
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
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“Worth seeing”
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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