I’ve lived in California since 1988 but I’ve never gone on this studio tour. Finally, I broke down and shelled out the $62.00 (!) to take the tour. I made my reservation in advance and online.
After I paid $10 for parking I was told by the parking attendant to go to the waiting area located between Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny. A little part of me began to hate the tour at this point.
We zipped around the studio on this tram.
This was our tour guide. His name was Steven. I couldn’t do his job. You have to have the right disposition. I’m too cranky.
View from the tram. This location was used for Gilmore Girls.
Evidently, on The Waltons, John-Boy had a writing shack and this is that shack. I remember The Waltons and I remember John-Boy but I don’t remember any writing shack. I took a picture anyway.
See that building behind the ladder? Steven said they filmed a scene from Casablanca in front of it. He didn’t say which Casablanca. Was it the David Soul TV series or the Humphrey Bogart movie?
Two more studio locations.
That Eastlake building at the end of the street was used in the show Full House.
We stopped at the studio archives for a bathroom break. I don’t know who this guy is but I thought he was kinda cool. I wouldn’t want to live next to him though. I bet he’s noisy.
They had some Kryptonite with Kryptonite repelling gloves.
There were a couple of things from Harry Potter. This shroud…
…and this big spider.
Steven said this exterior was used in the Batman TV series.
After zooming by more outdoor backdrops we stopped again. This time outside the studio’s prop house. The Mystery Time Machine was sitting out front.
Right inside the prop house door was this…
Look at all those Maltese Falcons.
You could rent a complete West Wing set if you wanted to…
But they don’t rent out this Matrix stuff…
…more Matrix stuff they don’t rent out.
They don’t rent out this either. It’s from the 1943 Casablanca.
There was a cool Batman warehouse next to the prop house. I’m surprised any of these photos came out because it was rather dark in there.
Isn’t that what Catwoman rode in The Dark Night Rises?
My favorite item in the whole room.
Then we went to the Ellen set. We spent five minutes trying to get in because Steven couldn’t remember the password. He should have asked me. I bet I could have guessed it.
Look at all the great movies that have been filmed on the Ellen soundstage.
There’s a museum near the end of the tour that is devoted to different movie making crafts. That’s a great Watch on the Rhine poster.
It’s a model for the Daily Planet.
There was a section on animation.
This went with the previous image of Scooby-Doo.
Mars Attacks is a fun movie.
I’ve never watched this show but my brother likes it. I just think Charlie Sheen = ick.
Costumes from Mad Max Fury Road.
From Apollo 13. It reminds me of G.I. Joe’s space capsule.
My favorite thing in the museum. Zepplin was a Michael York movie from 1971.
It’s the blimp model from Blade Runner.
They had some of their Oscars on display. There was one for Casablanca (1943), My Fair Lady (1964) and The Life of Emile Zola (1937).
At the end of the tour was a place to take a picture with an Oscar. They have to get a better photographer because he made me look fat.
It was a long tour. I checked my watch and two hours had gone by before we even got to the final stop: the museum. Is it worth $62? I’m not sure but I did enjoy large parts of it and I’m glad I went. I only wish there had been more vintage items: maybe, Joan Crawford’s mink coat from Mildred Pierce or Bette Davis’ dress from Jezebel or Judy Garland’s “Born in a Trunk” outfit from A Star is Born. There’s a new Hollywood Museum opening down on Wilshire Blvd in a couple of years. Hopefully, they’ll have vintage movie memorabilia like that there.