Sony Pictures Studio Tour, Culver City

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The Sony Pictures Studios are a television and film studio complex located in Culver City, California at 10202 West Washington Boulevard and bounded by Culver Boulevard (south), Washington Boulevard (north), Overland Avenue (west) and Madison Avenue (east). The facility is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and houses the division's film studios, Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, and Screen Gems. The complex was the original studios of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1924 to 1986.
In addition to films shot at the facility, several television shows have been broadcast live or taped there. The lot, which is open to the public for daily studio tours, currently houses a total of sixteen separate sound stages.
While director Thomas H. Ince was filming at Ballona Creek in 1915, Harry Culver, the founding father of Culver City, persuaded Ince to move his studio "Inceville" from Pacific Palisades to Culver City. During that time, Ince co-founded Triangle Film Corporation and the Triangle Studios was opened in the form of a Greek colonnade – the entrance to the studios. The colonnade still stands fronting Washington Boulevard and is a Culver City historical landmark.
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  • Our tour guide, Chloe, was very knowledgable and thorough. The 2 hour tour takes you around the massive campus and makes stops at the Museum, shop and whatever filming stages are available. I highly.....  more »
  • Small groups, and one of the only tours I have felt connected with. Real working studios on show and add to that the rich history as MGM's former home. Perfect Hollywood experience. Excellent value.  more »
  • My family had a great time on this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We got to see some amazing things and there was plenty of time. Never felt rushed. Well worth a visit.  more »
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  • Not on par with other studio tours at Warner Bros, Paramount and Universal. This tour is 100% on foot. The guide was engaging and knowledgeable but the tour overall just lacking in substance. Still cool to hear the history behind the studio and see the set of Jeopardy. If you are planning on doing other studio tours, I would suggest doing this one first so you won't be disappointed in comparison to the other ones.
  • Very good tour guide wish we would of saw more sets it's still cool you get a huge discount on merch and a free item from the tour it's cool seeing the costumes and set props the sets we saw where cool .it's more walking than sitting I went with my grandma so if your older or just can't walk to much it's something to note
  • Fabulous Tour, super informative. So cool to see such a Historic Studio up close. Truly a great experience !! And there are some fun interactive exhibits as well. 5 Stars all the way.
  • I really enjoyed this tour! Better than the Warner's Brothers one. This is more up front and center in the sense that you get to visit many of the sets. Jeopardy, etc. I got to see The Goldberg's set and that's one of my favorite shows! It is less commercial I guess. Must g!
  • Did research for our recent trip to LA. The Sony Studio Tour was the best fit with its location, cost and MGM heritage. Museum was great. Stage 15 was incredible (Oz Munchkinland - exact spot beginning of Yellow Brick Road and Witches' trap door). Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, The Goldberg sets. Highly informative, casual, the REAL DEAL.
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