Los Angeles is one of the most important hubs for the American film industry. If you're considering a trip to LA, there are plenty of opportunities to see the actual sets used in some of your favorite movies–and below, we’ve listed a few of our favorites!
If you’re traveling with a group in Los Angeles, ready to see all of the city’s iconic film sets, backdrops, and prominent theatres, transportation is one of the first things to get sorted. While taxis, cars, and public transportation are fine for small groups, they get pricier and hard to coordinate for groups of 8 or more.
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Not sure where to start? We've compiled a list of the best movie locations you can visit on a personalized tour with your Los Angeles charter bus. The city has many places of interest to add to your itinerary, such as film studios, show tapings, and historic theaters. Let's get this movie experience on the road!Call Now for a Free Quote 310-295-9547 Our live reservation agents are available 24/7
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There are multiple studios in LA that give tours of their grounds so movie buffs can get an inside look at what goes into making their favorite movies and television series. Make sure to add these studios to your LA movie buff itinerary:
Warner Bros Studios
When you join the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in LA, you'll get an up-close look at some classic film sets, and a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of movies like Casablanca and The Music Man, and TV series like Gilmore Girls and Friends. You can also visit the studios where famous TV shows have been filmed over the years, such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show. A Los Angeles charter bus can take you to the studio, which is open from 8:30AM-3:30PM almost every day of the year.
Address: 3400 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505.
Sony Pictures Studios
We're not in Kansas anymore! Sony Studios gives visitors the opportunity to explore the stages that hosted iconic movies such as The Wizard of Oz, Men in Black, and Spider-Man. Furthermore, chances within the studio are not confined to film sets: You may also tour backdrops of famous game shows like Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Sony Studios is open Monday through Friday. Keep in mind that there's a 12-year age minimum for tour-goers.
Address: 10202 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232.
Universal Studios offers a Hollywood experience where you can get immersed in your favorite movies with its World Famous Studio Tour. During this 60-minute journey, you can visit a real working movie studio and see iconic movie props, like the original Jupiter's Claim set from the film NOPE by Jordan Peele. You can also experience what it's like to see King Kong face to face, as if you were a character in the film. In addition, you can walk through sound stages made to look like New York, Mexico, wild-west towns, and even the Bates Motel from Psycho. The tour is available every day from 8:00AM to 6:00PM.
Wind down from your tour with some fine dining at one of Universal’s 59 dining options. And if you feel like having a drink or two, there’s no need to worry about how you'll get back to your accommodation; the professional driver from your trusted bus rental will be waiting for you at the end of the night.
Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608.
Paramount Picture Studios
The Paramount Pictures tour combines the studio's storied history with its most recent accomplishments. On your two-hour tour of this major Hollywood film studio, you'll see the Bronson Gate, the New York Street Backlot, and the Prop Warehouse, among other famous locations, all while being escorted by an enthusiastic guide. Throughout, you'll pick up little facts on how Paramount's 110 years in business have shaped the entertainment industry at large.
Address: 5515 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Many of the live shows you love to watch are filmed right in Los Angeles. However, the locations and times of these shows can vary, so plan ahead and get your tickets early.
You may have seen popular programs on television such as The Late Late Show with James Corden and Real Time with Bill Maher. These programs are filmed at CBS Studios! If you want to watch them live, book your seat for free and let your LA charter bus get you to the studio on time.
Address: 7800 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
The El Capitan Entertainment Center
Hollywood is where you'll find the renovated El Capitan Theater Entertainment Complex, comprising a large theater and the neighboring Hollywood Masonic Temple. And if you’re a Disney fan, many Disney movie premieres have been held here!
In this iconic building, you can also catch the popular talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! Let an experienced bus driver navigate the Hollywood Boulevard traffic for you in your LA charter bus, so you can fully enjoy the sights of the day.
Address: 6838 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
The renowned Raleigh studios is one of the oldest studios in Los Angeles. It has been open since 1915, and has hosted stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks during its time. More recent productions include Ugly Betty, Private Practice, Castle, and Whose Line Is It Anyway? The studio is close to Paramount Studios, so you can add it to your personalized itinerary for a day of exploring prominent studios.
Address: 5300 Melrose Ave E, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Premieres of critically acclaimed films and other notable events are frequently held in Hollywood. Those who want to feel like they are a part of our favorite stars' or celebrities' luxurious lifestyles should make a point of visiting the stunning theatres where these premieres and events are held.
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Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Located on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this landmark theater is considered one of the best cinemas in the world. The building's design alone is awe-inspiring. Visitors can take advantage of informative tours seven days a week, covering everything from the theater's origins to its modern-day place of honor in the industry.
You can join a group tour or get more flexibility with a private tour catered to your itinerary. Don’t miss your slot because you couldn’t find a parking space! Your LA charter bus driver will drop you off right outside and pick you up when you’ve finished your tour.
Address: 6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028.
Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre
A hallmark of the silent movie era, the Egyptian Theatre was built in 1922 and has since become a popular tourist destination. For more than a century, this historic structure has hosted some of Hollywood's most glittering red carpet premieres, most groundbreaking film festivals, and most unforgettable cinematic experiences. The historic Egyptian Theater was acquired by Netflix in 2020.
Address: 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
The Dolby Theatre was designed to evoke the beauty of a European opera house while boasting cutting-edge technological capabilities. Many of the world's greatest acts, including Prince, Steven Tyler, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, and the Chicks, performed in the Dolby Theatre. Famous events including the American Idol finals, the global premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the Academy Awards have all been held at Dolby Theatre.
Address: 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028.
In addition to its film and television studios, Los Angeles offers other destinations of interest to any movie buff, having witnessed some of the most successful films in history.
Address: 2800 E Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (213) 473-0800
Griffith Observatory has been featured in several movies such as Transformers, The Terminator, and La La Land. At Griffith Observatory, you can enjoy the beautiful skyline vista while also seeing the exhibits like their famous planetarium and the nearby Hollywood sign.
Address: 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: (626) 793-3334
Featured in Back to the Future as Doc Brown’s house, the Gamble House is a historic home built in 1909 that now serves as an example of classic American arts-and-crafts style architecture. Tours are offered every day of the week except for Monday and Wednesday.
Hollywood Heritage Museum
Address: 2100 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone: (323) 874-4005
Hollywood Heritage has been engaged in the restoration of properties related to the Hollywood area and has centered on educating the public about film history and film retention since its founding in 1980.
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