The 'other' studio tours of Los Angeles
Written by Robert Niles
As theme park fans, we all know about the Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood.Tweet
But Universal's tour isn't the only opportunity for visitors to see a working film and television production facility in the Los Angeles area.
Warner Bros., Burbank
Sony, Culver City
Universal, Universal City
Of course, filming abounds in the Los Angeles area. My wife and I were watching Legally Blonde on TV last week, and it took me a moment to realize that what the movie was passing off as Harvard Law School was, in fact, the hallway of our kids' elementary school in Pasadena. The LA film office used to publish a daily "shoot sheet," which told you what would be in production where on streets throughout Los Angeles, but it doesn't due that any longer due to "security concerns." So if you want to see film production "in the wild," just drive around looking for yellow rectangular signs with black block lettering, posted on street corners, then follow their arrows. Those are directional signs set out for film and TV crews, so they know where to park. Find one, and you'll find a production going on within a few blocks. You might not be able to get close enough to see any stars, but you can say you've seen a TV show or movie being filmed "in Hollywood."
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