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Paramount Pictures Is the History of Hollywood for Our Private Tour
If we pass by any movie studio on a Los Angeles private tour it will be Paramount Pictures. One of the big six, this studio began here in Hollywood in 1912 and continues to produce movies and television shows every day. Originally known as Famous Players and helmed by Adolph Zukor, the production entity soon merged with Jesse Lasky‘s production company and the distribution company both producers used, Paramount Pictures. Through these gates the greatest stars and filmmakers of the earliest days of Hollywood came and went. The business flourished as the U.S. and the world developed a growing hunger for feature films. New studios opened in and around Hollywood and in 1923 the giant sign, Hollywoodland, appeared at the top of the mountain overlooking the Los Angeles basin. Hollywood was now the capitol of filmdom. Our luxury tour guests love to talk about their favorite Paramount films and television shows like The Godfather and Star Trek and our guides will bring up other movies and programs to talk about as we drive around the studio. The studio has a lovely walking tour of the lot where our guests can visit some of the departments in action and see what a working movie studio looks like. Right behind this landmark “dream factory” is Hollywood Forever cemetery which we can drive slowly through and remember many of the celebrated actors, directors and artists whose creative efforts are cherished today. Many of these famous people were themselves Famous Players at one time.
Our Private Tour Guests Really Feel Like They Are in Hollywood
Of the major Hollywood studios only Paramount Pictures remains in Hollywood. Others that began here or nearby have since moved and expanded, studios like Disney and Universal. The Chaplin Studios remain but are now the Henson Company. Sunset/Gower Studios and Raleigh Studios are a part of Hollywood and movie history but do not possess the historical gravitas of Paramount Pictures. The main entrance to this grand filmmaking facility is the Melrose Gate though our private Los Angeles tour guides like to show their guests the less glamorous ways to get into and out of the studio. When the tour stops here, as a custom tour might if our guests wish, we can point out the Marathon Gate, also a famous Hollywood landmark as seen in countless photographs of Hollywood but also, as always, used in movies and later television whenever the director thought the look appropriate for filming. Our Star Trek fans love getting to this point of the tour to see where Star Trek was born (Desilu Studios) and continues to be made (coming this summer, Star Trek: Beyond). Our guests learn about RKO studios and Famous Players and the creative people who started Hollywood and led ultimately to this grand studio facility. We talk about the former restaurant, Nickodell, once a part of the studio and Lucy’s El Adobe still going strong right across the street after more than 50 years. Finally, there is Hollywood Forever cemetery just behind the studio’s back wall where some of the most famous names in the movie world are buried. We can drive or walk through this old graveyard and talk about the resident population as well as a popular summer feature of the memorial park, movies shown against the wall of the mausoleum beside the Fairbanks monument. Not creepy at all watching a movie into the night surrounded by gravemarkers.
Our Guests Include a VIP Tour of
a Hollywood Studio
When we are asked if it is best to schedule a private tour of Los Angeles first thing upon arriving in town or later during their stay we always tell our guests that by sightseeing with us we can not only introduce them to neighborhoods, businesses and activities that will be fun to experience but we can also answer a lot of questions about things to do in the area and scheduled events as well as tell them about restaurants and nightclubs. For the same reason we like to suggest that if they want to schedule a VIP tour of one of the film studios in and around Hollywood that we first fly over on a helicopter tour or drive by on a ground tour so we can describe each of the studios and their tour offerings. For instance, if we are with a family with children or young teenagers, Universal Studios VIP Experience is our first recommendation. The attractions and rides will entertain young people if the tour of the movie studio and its history seem less interesting to them. For movie buffs, we point to the VIP tours at both Paramount Studios (above, in Hollywood) and Warner Bros. (Burbank) as well as the lovely tour of the old MGM studios, now Sony Pictures (Culver City). As we get to know our guests we can make particular recommendations among those three studios.
Our Ground + Air Tour Guests See Hollywood Forever.
That is Paramount Pictures Studios in the foreground of this aerial shot captured recently during a combination air + ground tour of Los Angeles. Right behind the studio is Hollywood Forever Cemetery, one of our favorite memorial parks to show our private Los Angeles tour guests with all its history (Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. & Jr., Johnny Ramone) and the wonderful central location. You can just feel the movie magic everywhere you walk (or fly) in this area. Since all of our tours are private and custom neither our helicopters nor our custom luxury vans have predetermined routes. We can venture everywhere to see whatever most interests our guests – film studios, cemeteries or anything else.
Paramount Studios Seen from Our Helicopter Tour
A couple of us at Elite Adventure Tours enjoyed working at Paramount Pictures in the heart of Hollywood. The studio is the last remaining facility still in Hollywood proper where it has been making movies (and television) for more than 100 years. Having just celebrated its centennial the lot is a regular destination on our private Hollywood tours. For interested guests we can make reservations for a VIP tour of the studio itself to visit the back lot, the tank (where water scenes are filmed) as well as soundstages for television and movies. The photograph above was taken on a combination helicopter tour of Los Angeles followed by a ground tour — a complete look at all the grand sights of the city. Let us show you the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Sightseeing with us to where the stars live (in Beverly Hills and Malibu) and work (Hollywood, Culver City, Burbank) makes a visit here extraordinary and special.
Our insider at Paramount Studios, Christina, sends us this action photo of the studio Christmas Tree being lit. The famous Bronson Gate is seen behind the tree. Paramount is one of the oldest ongoing studios still in Hollywood proper and its great history is seen throughout the lot. We recommend their studio VIP tour to those of our private luxury tour guests visiting Los Angeles and Hollywood and interested in seeing a working studio and reveling in the great history of motion pictures that came from Paramount (and Famous Players, originally). Be sure to see the new film HITCHCOCK to see the gate and learn of the studio’s relationship with the great film director.
Happy Birthday, Dear Paramount … 100 years, since 1912, Paramount Studios has been producing films, and later television, from their beautiful studio lot on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. It is the last of the major studios remaining in Hollywood. Home of The Godfather and Star Trek we film buffs also know the first film to win an Oscar originated at Paramount (Wings). We photographed this celebratory billboard near the studio during a private, custom luxury tour of Hollywood as we took our guests around the studio and through the Forever Hollywood cemetery right behind the studio. We love to recommend the Paramount VIP Studio Tour to our guests who are really interested in seeing the inside operations of a working studio.