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  • Address: 5555 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038, USA
  • Hours: Open Mon-Fri for visitors age 12 and older.

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Paramount Studios Tours

This graceful symbol of the movie industry's Golden Age, open for business since 1926, is the only major film studio still operating in Hollywood's commercial district. The sprawling 65-acre lot features huge iron-scrollwork gates and Spanish-style architecture, as well as realistic replicas of vintage city streets.

Paramount was created in 1912 by movie theater owner Adolph Zukor, who took a stylistic departure from the era's short nickelodeon films of that time, which were popular with working class immigrants, and produced long-form film versions of stage plays in the hopes of engaging America's middle class. Zukor's plan worked and Paramount eventually launched brilliant careers for long-form movie stars like Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, director Cecil B. DeMille, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope and many more.

The studio also found great success in television, especially with the Star Trek franchise, and made celebrities of studio heads like Robert Evans (who fostered blockbusters like Love Story, Chinatown and The Godfather), Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Sherry Lansing; the latter remains the only woman to have ever run a major American motion picture studio. Since the 1990s, Paramount has partnered with multimedia conglomerate Viacom and animation studio DreamWorks, making it one of the most diverse entertainment companies in the world.

In addition to its media offerings, Paramount is popular for its studio tours. Available Monday to Friday (except on major holidays) for visitors ages 12 and older, these golf cart-chauffeured tours last between 2 to 4.5 hours, and include historical anecdotes and visits to famous sound stages.

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Los Angeles Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

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Explore Los Angeles at your own pace on an extensive hop-on hop-off bus tour through the heart of Los Angeles. The open-top buses allow you to enjoy 360-degree ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $49.00

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