You've never been to New York but you think you know what it looks like from what you've seen on television? Think again! Many of the motion picture films and television shows are filmed right here in Los Angeles! These studios open their doors to the public for a look behind the scenes. And, keep your eyes open...you never know who you may see when touring! Note: Be aware that each studio strictly enforces minimum age requirements.
Paramount Studios, Hollywood
A two-hour walking tour past sound stages, down 'city' streets, and through the infamous Bronson Gate immerses visitors into the movie-making industry.
Paramount Movie Ranch, Agoura Hills
Just steps from the parking lot, this western set was well-known for its starring role in "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." For twenty-five years, the landscape in this ranch played diverse roles including a South Seas island in "Ebb Tide," colonial Massachusetts in "The Maid of Salem," ancient China in "The Adventures of Marco Polo," and San Francisco in "Wells Fargo." And it's a park, so it's free--and without age restrictions. Take a snack along and picnic in the very spot where you watched Dr. Quinn and her friends do the same!
Sony Pictures Studios, Culver City
Sony's walking tour takes you down memory lane as you pass familiar settings and soundstages. You may even have the opportunity to go into a soundstage or visit the sets of "Jeopardy" or "Wheel of Fortune." (To obtain tickets to these shows the day of your visit, call 800-482-9840.) The tour ends in the exclusive Sony Emporium. A cafe is available on site.
Universal Studios, Hollywood
This theme-park experience begins with Universal City Walk (no admission required) featuring night clubs, restaurants, cinema, and special events. With admission, visitors are catapulted into the movie experience with rides, shows, and attractions--as well as a backlot tour by tram. Don't like long lines? An additional fee allows you to move to the front of the line. Purchase the VIP Experience and get into areas closed to the general public--as well as those front-of-the-line privileges.
Warner Bros., Burbank
Hop aboard a cart and tour the backlot of this working studio. Walk on the 'streets of New York,' check out a soundstage, and see where the laughter comes from on your favorite sitcoms. This two hour & fifteen minute tour allows visitors to disembark at designated areas and walk about the backlot with their guide, as well as stroll through the Warner Bros. museum at their leisure. A cafe and Starbucks are located on site.
BE A PART OF A LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE
Select "Arts & Entertainment" then "TV Tix" on website.
Free tickets allow you to be part of the laughter you hear on your favorite sitcoms. But be prepared to sit for a while, because a 30-minute program may take more than three hours to tape. Between takes, you'll be entertained to keep your laughter intact. Minimum ages apply and advance tickets do not guarantee you'll get to see the show, as most shows are 'oversold.' Locations vary.
ATTEND A FREE SCREENING OR SPECIAL EVENT
Several times a year, members of MyCinemaAccess.com will receive invitations to screenings and special events. In May 2006, members were invited to meet Tom Cruise and receive autographs in celebration of the premiere of MI:3. Locations vary.
WATCH A CELEB RECEIVE HIS/HER STAR ON HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD
They must show up to receive their star, and you're welcome, too! Check the
to see who will be there next or call (323) 469-8311. Exact locations vary.
CATCH CELEBS AT EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Catch your stars in action at book signings, concerts, and television tapings. Or watch them receive their induction to the Rock Wall or Grauman's Chinese Theatre courtyard. Locations vary.
BE IN A MOVIE
That's right, you can be an unpaid extra in a movie, if you'll be in the right town on the right date. Just check the website for details. Locations vary.
CATCH THE LATEST RELEASE - IN HOLLYWOOD
Vintage movie houses still stand in Hollywood, as do theaters created to show movies the way the studios intended them to be viewed. Perfect acoustics, elaborate architecture and Hollywood-style productions round out the experience.
Grauman's Chinese Theatre
TCL Chinese Theatre. Shows new releases. Elaborate architecture adorns this most famous movie house in the world, but not at the expense of the latest technology. Of course, you'll have to step over the footprints and handprints of Hollywood's legends-just do so casually for maximum effect. Or upgrade to the private VIP Lounge in the Mann Chinese 6, where waiters bring concessions to your reserved seating.
Head here for the latest blockbuster hits, where the screens are curved for optimum viewing and the acoustics were designed for the ultimate movie experience. In fact, dine in their Café Bar and avoid the stress of rushing to dinner before the show. Or skip dinner and order popcorn with real butter.
Disney's El Capitan
presents the latest Disney releases in a lavish, state-of-the-art theatre. They may even be throwing a fabulous party or performance along with the movie. Located next door is the Disney Soda Fountain & Studio Store.
for classics and foreign films, or the presentation of "Forever Hollywood." The theatre predates Graumann's Chinese Theatre and was also built by Sid Graumann. The grand courtyard depicts an Egyptian theme. Don't miss
ATTEND A BROADWAY MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION
The beautiful Pantages Theatre, a gorgeous art-deco historical landmark, showcases Hollywood's celebrities in extravagant shows.
FIND MOVIE LOCATIONS
So you're a real fan of California's Governor Schwarzenegger and you'd love to see where his last "Terminator" movie was filmed? Or, perhaps, you'd like a crack at purchasing the real estate featured in "Indecent Proposal?" (Good luck!) Look up your favorite movie's filming locations on this site and create your own self-guided tour of Los Angeles.
WEAR THE WARDROBE
It's a Wrap, Burbank
You never know who will be shopping next to you, so keep your eyes open. Clothes are all marked with the movie, television show, commercial or runway.
Universal Studio Store
Located inside Universal Studio's Theme Park is The Wardrobe Department, offering guests an opportunity to purchase clothing or collectibles from television shows including "Will and Grace," "American Dreams," "Passions," and "Crossing Jordan."
TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood
Compare your footprints to John Wayne's or Marilyn Monroe's, take a tour or watch a movie. Can't get here? Then check out the web cam.
Hollywood & Highland Center, Hollywood
Home to the Kodak Theatre, Renaissance Hotel, and numerous retail and dining establishments within the re-created set of D.W. Griffith's 1916 classic film, "Intolerance." If you are playing Tour Guide, for the ultimate effect drop your guests off at the Best Picture Awards Walk (the main entrance leading to the Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. Just off Highland), and let them know they are taking the same steps as their favorite stars on Oscar night. The plaques on either side of the grand staircase depict the Best Picture winners from 1929 to present. Rather than walk through the mall, take them back onto Hollywood Boulevard to view the Walk of Fame, and then follow "The Road to Hollywood" (set into the walkway) to the casting couch, where they may be seated for the ultimate "Hollywood photo," with the Hollywood sign as their backdrop.
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood
A free museum and self-guided walk introduces you to the times past of this historic location, seen in many films and television shows. Take in a concert or picnic on the grounds.
Hollywood Sign, Hollywood
What started out in 1923 as a real estate promotion for "Hollywoodland" became a star of its own right. Although it is illegal to get up close to the sign, find out where to get the best views and photos. Our recommendations include: The Casting Couch at
Hollywood & Highland,
Griffith Park Observatory,
in Griffith Park.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Your favorite stars are immortalized here. With over 2,000 stars, you may wish to identify the location of your favorites before heading to Hollywood. Did you know it costs the celebrity $15,000 to have a star installed in his/her honor? Find out more details on the Walk of Fame
There are many shops along the Walk of Fame offering up plastic "Oscars," film canisters, and other Hollywood memorabilia.
The desire to immortalize the greatest names in Rock 'n Roll was at the foundation for the development of this attraction. 1985 marked the year of the first inductions, including Stevie Wonder and Eddie Van Halen. Over 150 tiles and handprints now commemorate these celebrities, including Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Dick Clark and Johnny Cash.
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
Yes, this is where Julia Roberts shopped for new clothes in "Pretty Woman." (Boulniche is the store where Julia tells the clerk, "Big Mistake!") The best valet parking is free (for up to two hours), just off Dayton Way between N. Rodeo Drive and N. Beverly Drive. Public restrooms are available off the parking garage. Don't miss the Museum of Television & Radio just around the corner on N. Beverly Drive. Oh, and it's rumored that Jane Fonda loves to eat at Nate & Al's Deli on Beverly Drive.
Sunset Boulevard/PCH 1
Exit W. Sunset Boulevard off Hwy 101 (The Hollywood Freeway) and follow the famed route through Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades, concluding on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) 1. Hang a left and check out Will Rogers State Beach, where episodes of "Baywatch" were filmed before the series was moved to Hawaii. ("Baywatch" was also filmed on other beaches in Malibu.) Then turn around and head west on PCH 1 through Malibu. If you're up for an adventure, pick up Malibu Canyon Road (becomes Las Virgenes) and turn left on Mulholland Highway. Turn right on Cornell Road and left on Paramount Ranch Road. This is the Paramount Movie Ranch.
Updated February 28, 2017