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“Cool Tour... Not So Cool Guide”

Sony Pictures Studio Tour
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Ranked #1 of 4 Tours in Culver City
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Step back into a legendary time on the Sony Pictures Studio tour! Walk through the famed gates and you’re behind the scenes at one of the most historic and exciting studio lots in the world. Our two-hour guided walking tour will give you the real experience of a working studio. Visit soundstages once home to iconic films like “The Wizard of Oz,” “Men in Black” and “Spider-Man.” Swing by smash-hit games shows “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.” You might even catch a glimpse of the Barbra Streisand Scoring stage or a set from the hit comedy, “The Goldbergs.” Keep your eyes open... You never know what – or who – will be around the next corner. TOUR DETAILS Tours run Monday through Friday Standard times are 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Additional tour times are added during peak seasons Reservations are required Children age 12 and up are welcome Guests under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult on the tour $45 per person Free parking in the Overland Parking structure
Williamsburg, Virginia
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Cool Tour... Not So Cool Guide”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

The Sony Pictures Studio tour in Culver City, California was very interesting on many fronts. The studios are awesome... we went on the set of a few tv shows including Jeopardy! We also went on some sound stages.... We were in the same studio where the whole Rocky soundtrack was recorded. Our tour guide was ok but did not seem very interested in talking much to the guests. Half of the time he was looking at his cell phone. Overall seeing the studios were really cool... I would have just preferred a more excited Tour guide!!!

Visited August 2012
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West Islip, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“I had a great time!”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

I loved this tour. I went today and Chet was awesome! We got to see the sets of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, a NYC set, a sound mixing room, and cars from Green Hornet and Ghostbusters. I loved the yogurt store and the free posters given out at the end. The video at the start was great too, and after it ended, we saw two trailers. I remember the last one being Here Comes the Boom, which I want to see! I would recommend to anyone!

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Pdx, OR
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“Empty Stucco'd Warehouses and Souvenir Shops”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

This was a disappointing tour. Chet the tour guide gamely led us on a long walk on the corporate campus despite there being little going on. A kid in our group of 20+ tourists practically begged for some kid stuff or recent film sets to see to no avail.

Not a good tour for youngsters.

The Jeopardy set was covered in tarps, the Busby Berkley and Wizard of Oz film stages were empty and void of anything to marvel at. You had to try to imagine the floors opeing up revealing the swimming pool used by Frank Capra in "It's a Wonderful Life" in another yet barren warehouse. The warehouses now have had a south florida makeover with taupe and pink stucco'd exteriors. There was no sense of history at all walking around there, it felt like an American Shopping Mall.

Our tour was crashed by two interlopers who hadn't paid and yet boldly asked why contestants on Wheel of Fortune yell vowels at the wheel. Dumb question but an interesting possibility arouse. Can you simply walk around Sony Studios without being bilked for admission?

The one thing you will learn on this tour is that they make money at Sony. At $35/head they made close to $1000 on our group after we bought ice cream etc.

Ironically, the pretour video promoted MGM films much better than it did Sony/Columbia Pictures.

Much of the Sony Studios are leased out to other film companies. This is actually like touring an event space for hire, one you can't really afford.

Visited August 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2012

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide, Dave, was very friendly and answered many questions people had. He offered some neat little tidbits about celebrities who have been in certain areas throughout the different parts of the studio so it was interesting to hear some of his insider stories. We got to go on the Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune sets which was great because my husband is a huge Jeopardy fan. We also learned some interesting things about what goes into making movies, such as sound effects and props, etc. that will really change how we watch our next movie. This tour shows you the cars used in Black Beauty and Ghostbusters. You get your picture taken in the beginning and then they give you a free copy of it at the end which was nice. Overall, we enjoyed the day. We wish we could have seen an actual movie set, but we did not. We would still recommend this to anyone who loves movies!

Visited August 2012
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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“"We are so glad we picked the Sony Tour!"”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

This tour was fantastic. It was a 2 hour walking tour through the Sony studio complexes. Our tour guide, Tony, was very informative and professional. He kept the group engaged and was able to answer any question. We saw several stage sets and Tony shared plenty of inside secrets about movie and TV making. It has really made us appreciate the work that happens behind the scenes.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Chris_Susie
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