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“Fabulous Movie on Hearst Castle”

Hearst Castle Theater
Ranked #12 of 15 things to do in San Simeon
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

This great adventure tale begins with the small airplane swooping over gorgeous coastal hills dotted with giant oaks. The film is so well made and it tells the story of Hearst and the building of the great castle so well and in such an involving fashion! It feels like an Indiana Jones adventure from the start to finish. It added so much to the tour experience to see this film first. I love that this film has been done is such a way as to inform and educate while entertaining so thoroughly. Bravo!

5  Thank Ladida12
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

It is worth seeing, but it is a Hollywood production and so it seems to have little on substance and more on image. I think they should have a second movie that is more of a documentary and gives more history on the construction, the Hearst empire, and on Julia Morgan. It is included in the price of the tour, so be sure to do it before you go up into the estate. This way if you are not familiar with the Hearst story, it will make your tour much more interesting. You can also view it after the tour.

5  Thank hotelflamingo
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

As I mentioned in my review of Hearst Castle, this is all about making dreams come true - and the movie does a great job telling that story.
It is inspiring to anyone who can appreciate the dreams of others, and motivated to pursue their own.
The Castle and the movie are most appreciated by pre-teens and older, and well worth the time - especially since the ticket is included with any tour of the Castle.

I recommend seeing the movie before your tour, but either way, make sure you see it. It is well done, and worth the time.

5  Thank Rienk A A
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

Before taking tour #1 we saw the movie at the visitor center. It was wonderful. You feel as if you are in the movie, as it is almost like 3-D. Very informative with lots of info re the building of the castle and Mr. Hearst's early life. Don't miss it.

4  Thank slokid
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

There are no inferior Imax theaters. This one features a hge screen and superb sound system, with easy acess.

4  Thank MarkHazelbaker
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