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“Absolute must see” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Paramount Studios

Paramount Studios
5555 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood)
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour
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Owner description: The only remaining "big name" studio located in Hollywood and the only continually operating studio in Tinseltown. Offers behind-the-scenes tours to visitors.
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Lexington, Kentucky
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“Absolute must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

I read some of the negative reviews and wasn't expecting much here, but was greatly surprised. The first things we did was get our pictures on the park bench from "Forest Gump" and had a short visit to the Paramount Theater near the entrance to the sound stage lot. Soon after entering the Bronson Gate into the sound stage area, we spotted cast members of "NCIS: Los Angeles", Chris O'Donnell and Daniela Ruah. Our guide made a bee line for them so we could see them and get pictures. They were in and out of their trailers, but the guide camped out there for us so we could see them, that was awesome.

We were able to get out of the cart many times to see and touch sets and go in set buildings. We watched them make the set builders make a building look as if it was covered in snow and were putting up Christmas lights for a scene to be filmed. Our guide was a wealth of information on which movies had been filmed where we were standing, such as "Spiderman, "Indiana Jones, "The Godfather", "How to Lose a Man in 10 Days" and tv shows "Glee", "Laverne and Shirley" and "Everybody Hates Chris".

We drove past the soundstage for "Glee" and saw the cast plus many extras in costume and make up, it was incredible. We traveled on further and went on the sets for "Big Time Rush" and "The Doctors", both were very cool. Our guide camped us out to catch a glimpse of Dr. Phil coming out from his show. Traveling further through the lot we saw Stephen Kramer Glickman from "Big Time Rush". He said Hi to us as he went past, which was cool. We watched the filming of a new Nickelodeon kids show which isn't released yet and is still in production. The guide told us more fascinating stories about Lucille Ball and other actors as we made our way back to the front of the studio. We once again saw the cast of "Glee" heading to their trailers and the guide sped to them so we could get pictures.

Having gone to a competing studios tour, I noticed a big difference. The Paramount guides were doing their all to help us see the stars, but other studios did their all to keep us from seeing the stars. Photos were allowed everywhere except when we went on the sets, video was not allowed at all once past the Bronson gate.

PS: Security Guard Russ called a taxi for me and we talked at length while i waited. He had many star stories and is a really nice person. I'm glad to have met him.

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“Okay tour. Not as good as some of the...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

Okay tour. Not as good as some of the other tours I have taken, but decent. Make sure to make reservations, though.

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“You need reservations!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2010

We were all going to see Paramount until I called and found out that all the tours were full except for one slot which my wife took. So I took the kids to Ripley's Museum while my wife enjoyed the studio tour. It's expensive, but she saw Britney Spears and Chevy Chase, and was fascinated by the stories of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez. I guess it was worth it.

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“Not worth it!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2010

Possibly we had a different tour than others who posted here. Ours was a walking tour in 100 degree temps. We were told to arrive thirty minutes early and we arrived even earlier, but were not allowed onto the lot or the store until our tour time (they said security). So...we waited outside in the heat. Our tour guide was friendly enough, but often seemed like she was "reciting" from a book rather than just sharing knowledge. There was a whole lot of history and not a lot of current information. We basically looked at the outside of buildings with an occasional "glimpse" into a sound stage. We knew that most shows were on hiatius, but hoped we at least see sets of something we recognized. The only set were able to see was a show from Nick (ironically no one under 12 was allowed on the tour so obviously none of us knew the show). Another family on our tour had been to 2 other tours (Warner Brothers and Universal) and they enjoyed them much more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2010

Saw some previous reviews, but didn't want the 'theme park' of Universal. So glad we went to Paramount. Our guide was fantastic and so enthusiastic! She dealt with different nationalities in our group well and made every turn of the corner special with her historical knowledge and little stories...We went backstage and experienced so much including 'Live' filming of 'Monk', 'Three Rivers', 'True Jackson VP' and experienced several lots being built. Can't wait to go back! Only downside is having to explain to our teenage sons who some of the older stars were!

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