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Some of Our Private Tour Guests Enjoy a Studio Tour, Too
Access to the major movie studios is tightly controlled as you would expect. Sony/MGM, Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros. all have well organized guided tours of their facilities and we recommend them all. Each is somewhat different from the others when considering the size of the tour group and the time spent walking and riding but they are also all quite similar in terms of visiting backlots and studio interiors as well as other departments involved in television and movie production (props, sound, editing, costume, etc.). When we are asked about which studio to visit to see the art and craft of filmmaking we ask questions of our guests and make recommendations depending on their interests, schedule and budget. Many of our guests like to combine a studio tour with their private sightseeing tour of Los Angeles with us. We gladly accommodate their arrangements and can begin a custom luxury tour of the city at the studio or leave our guests at the studio after seeing the city. We also often incorporate the studio tour into the middle of our time with guests if that works best. Warner Bros. (above) has a 2-hour guided tour (that generally lasts 3-hours) that starts at times throughout the day and fits nicely into a 3-4 hour sightseeing adventure in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. They also offer a Deluxe Tour that lasts much longer and includes lunch in the commissary (it is always a treat to eat with the people making the movies). Whatever our guests wish to do we will make sure happens for them in the best way. Call or write us today for more information about a combination studio and private city tour.
Our Private Tour Sees Studio Water Tower
Our Los Angeles private tour guests often want to talk about water. While water is a major subject of discussion in California all through the year (and this decade in particular) we are pleased that our issues with water are widely known. On our tours we talk about the history of Los Angeles in terms of water and how a major metropolis was constructed in what is essentially a desert. The history of water in Los Angeles is long and colorful and not too far removed from the story in Roman Polanski’s CHINATOWN. Water discussions also arise when we point out the water towers on the film studio lots like Warner Bros. (above). In this case we describe the studios in earlier days when these “cities” of filmmaking were somewhat isolated from the growing burg of Los Angeles and had their own fire departments. Water towers supplied water for the facility as well as for emergencies (fires were not uncommon – wood sets and hot tools, you know). Explosions and fires created for film were risks. Just think about the burning of Atlanta for GONE WITH THE WIND filmed in Culver City. Another use for a lot of water was creating a flood (the Universal Studios tour might demonstrate that) or just a large pool of water for scenes filmed “at sea” (visit The Tank on the Paramount Studios lot).
VIP Studio Tour During Your Private Los Angeles Tour
We are always asked about studio tours during our regular private luxury tours around Hollywood and Beverly Hills. We understand that is what most visitors to Los Angeles are interested in seeing and we like to to guide them to the studio tour that will please them the most. For our adult film buffs we urge them to consider the Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour. This small group tour travels the working Burbank studio and walks through soundstages, recording studios and costume and prop warehouses while providing vast amounts of history and stories about this storied dream factory. It is a highly focused tour that only adds to visitors’ appreciation of the history and art of Hollywood filmmaking.