The glamour, the costumes, the Michael Bay car crashes and explosions, oh my! Any film buff worth their salt will make the pilgrimage to Los Angeles at some point in their life to get a behind-the-scenes look at how movie magic is made. Here is the ultimate guide around the film industry’s coolest locations for movie lovers in LA!
Book A Studio Tour
Whether you choose Sony, Warner Brothers, Paramount, or a smaller studio, there’s nothing like standing on the very sound stage where your favorite tv show or movie was filmed. Research what exhibits and stages are being shown during your trip ahead of time to make sure you see something of interest to you. These are working studios so the sound stages are constantly being altered.
Visit Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Forget movie theatre – Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is classified as a movie palace. Placed along the Walk of Fame, TCL is home to year- round movie premieres, imprint ceremonies, and film events. Take a tour or see a movie in one of the world’s most iconic theatres.
Visit the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Scores of Hollywood royalty are buried in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Pay your respects to stars like Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, then stay to catch a Cinespa outdoor movie screening – a Los Angeles tradition. Don’t forget your blanket!
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is a theme park, but behind-the-scenes film secrets are built right in to the fun. The hour long studio tour ride takes its passengers through Universal’s actual backlot and demonstrates actual effects used in the movies. The park also offers a special effect show, a water stunt show, and an adorable show with animal actors!
Take the Hollywood Sign Hike
There are multiple hikes you can take near the Hollywood sign based on what view you’d like and the difficulty of the hike. I would recommend the Mt. Hollywood Hiking Trail that begins at the Charlie Turner trailhead. Try not to tear up the first time you catch a glimpse of the 45-foot aluminum letters!
If you’re a Disney movie buff, Disneyland is about an hour away from Los Angeles. Don’t head to the happiest place on earth without reading up on the secrets of the Haunted Mansion first!