Studio Tours + Tapings

Studio Tours

See The Ellen Show and other hit TV programs, in person. Take a tour of Warner Bros. and NBC studios. Shop at trendy boutiques and dine in delicious restaurants—all in Burbank.


Paramount Pictures Studio Tour
Two-hour group tour of Hollywood’s longest-operating and only remaining major studio. Reservation recommended. Tours daily (except some holidays) every half-hour 9:30 am-2 pm. $55; VIP tour $178, under 10 not admitted. 2.5-hour After Dark Tour every 15 minutes F 7:15-8 pm; Sa 7:30-8 pm. $78, under 12 not admitted. 5515 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777.


Sony Pictures Studio Tour
Two-hour walking tour of working motion-picture studio includes stages where television shows and movies including The Wizard of Oz and Spider-Man were filmed. Reservation, photo ID required. M-F 9:30 am-2:30 pm. $40, under 12 not admitted. Parking free. 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687


Universal Studios HollywoodUniversal Studios Hollywood
Legendary studio tour (also see listing under “Attractions”). VIP Experience includes private tour of movie studio, prop warehouse, front-of-line privileges, gourmet lunch and other perks. Check or call for hours and current prices. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801.


Warner Bros. StudiosWarner Bros. Studios
Three-hour tour of working TV and film studio includes backlots, soundstages, costume department and museum, plus observation of filming (when possible). Stage 48: Script to Screen soundstage gives guests behind-the-scenes access to the world of film and TV production. Deluxe tour available. Reservation recommended; photo ID required. Daily 8 am-4 pm. $62, under 8 not admitted. 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.972.8687.


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Studio Tapings

Audiences Unlimited
Audiences Unlimited Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows produced in the L.A. area, such as The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls. Minimum age 10-18, varies by show.818.260.0041, ext. 1,


The Ellen Degeneres Show
Free tickets to taping of comedian’s daytime talk show. Minimum age 14; minors must show photo ID and be accompanied by a parent. Advance tickets, go to; day-of tickets, call before noon. Warner Bros. Studios, 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.954.5929


Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Free tickets to live tapings of late-night ABC show. Minimum age 18. El Capitan Entertainment Centre, 6840 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 


On-Camera Audiences
Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including So You Think You Can Dance, The Price Is Right and American Idol. Minimum age varies by show.818.295.2700.

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