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Date posted: 03/20/2014

Explore How Movies Are Made in Hollywood

For lots of the visitors to Hollywood, one of the main attractions is the chance to take in some of the many studios for a tour – or even to witness a live taping. Several major studios offer tours of their facilities, allowing guests access to the behind the scenes areas which are so essential to the top television shows and movies.  If you’re staying at a hotel near Universal Studios Hollywood, then bring the entire family to explore how movies are made at one of Hollywood’s most popular studio.  

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The NBC Studios offer a seventy five minute walk-around tour, in which visitors have the opportunity to see the scenery for The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Days Of Our Lives. On top of this, the tour also covers popular special effects and sound boards, plus a visit through wardrobe and makeup to see how some of the magic is created. Tours run Monday to Friday. Elsewhere, the Universal Studios Hollywood experience takes in the biggest film and television studio in the world, with rides designed to extend the experience. A tram studio tour also takes in additional film sets and television scenes, whilst a VIP Experience is on offer and provides a private, guided look into the prop storage areas, working sets and soundstages. Others might choose to visit the Sony Picture Studio, where places on their two hour long walking tour can be booked in advance and give the chance to visit sets of movies including Spiderman. Or, Paramount Studios VIP Tour looks behind the scenes at the last remaining major motion picture studio to still be based in Hollywood, also open daily Monday to Friday.

To see live tapings, there are even more options. Audiences Unlimited offer free tickets to see a number of the popular FOX, CBS, CW and NBC shows in recording, as do Paramount Studios, On-Camera Audiences and several others. Tickets can be reserved in advance for tapings of game shows and popular prime-time programs at the CBS Studio Center, at CBS Television City and at NBC Television. Tickets can also be booked for individual shows, including The Ellen Degeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.


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