Universal Studios

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About the studio...

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 777-1000

Enter the lot through Universal Studios Gate 4 - off Barham Blvd. at Lakeside Plaza. Show your identification (photo ID required) along with your ticket to the guard at the gate. After entering through Gate 4, continue down River Road to the River Road Parking Lot on your left hand side and check in with the Audiences Unlimited pages.

Do not go up the hill to the Universal Studios Tour. Audience shows are filmed in soundstages on the lower lot and you cannot access that area from the Entertainment Center (Studio Tour) or City Walk.

Universal was founded in 1912 by Carl Laemmle and officially opened at this location in 1915. This is the only Hollywood studio still located at its original site. The early years were spent filming silent pictures which included Westerns, comedies, and action-adventures. Visitors were invited to sit in bleachers so that they could observe the filming and see all the behind-the-scenes action.

Universal has filmed some of the all-time-classic horror films including "Frankenstein," "Dracula," and "The Wolf Man." Alfred Hitchcock continued the tradition with his spellbinding tales of "Psycho" and "The Birds." Speaking of birds, animator Walter Lanz came to Universal in 1928 and brought Woody Woodpecker with him.

Acclaimed film releases have included "All Quiet on the Western Front," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "Spartacus," "Anne of the Thousand Days," "Sweet Charity," "Airport," "The Sting," "On Golden Pond," "American Grafitti," "Jaws," "Sophies Choice," "ET," "Back to the Future," "Out of Africa," "Jurassic Park," "Back Draft," "Schindler's List," and "The Mummy."

Not to be overshadowed by its rich film history, Universal has also led the way with award winning television shows including "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Marcus Welby," "The Rockford Files," and "Law and Order" to name a few.

The studio offers a wide range of services to televison and film productions by renting out stages, props, costumes, sets, and lighting. Additionally, they have a vast library for research. Among the TV shows currently in production on the lot are "Providence" and "Three Sisters."

Don't forget the Universal Studios Theme Park and Studio Tour! The tour originally opened in 1964 and cost only $6.50 for two adults and a child to tour the lot! See below for current tour information.

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GUYS WITH KIDS: Enter the lot through Universal Studios Gate 4 - off Barham Blvd. at Lakeside Plaza
Continue down to the River Road Parking Lot on you, CA 91608
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What's going on in the area:

Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 622-3801
Plan to spend the day at this world-famous theme park. Start off with the tram tour and learn the history of the studio and get a birds eye view of the lot. Current attractions include: Jurrasic Park III Summer Splash, Mummy Returns:Chamber of Doom, Jaws On Fire, Backdraft, Terminator 2:3D, E.T., Back To the Future The Ride, Animal Planet Live!, The Wild Wild West Stunt Show, Waterworld, The Blues Brothers, and Nickelodeon Blast Zone.
Hours: 9AM to 11PM
Admission varies. Call for prices.

Universal Center Dr, Universal City, CA 91608
Non-stop excitment, non-stop fun! Over a dozen unique restaurants. Dine at Wolfgang Puck's Cafe or try Gladstones's for seafood. Enjoy live blues at B.B. King's or play billiards at the Hollywood Athletic Club. Outrageous street performers and wild places to shop. 16 screen Cineplex plus IMAX Hours: 11AM to 11PM Sun-Thurs,11AM to 12 PM Fri-Sat

2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA (323)850-2000
This is the world's largest natural amphitheater and is the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Nestled along side of the Hollywood Hills it offers music lovers a real treat. Come to the Easter Sunrise Service (free) or for the spectacular fireworks display celebrating Independence Day.
Call for ticket information and prices. The season runs from late June till Sept.
Open to the public free of charge during the day. Sit in on concert rehearsals mornings during July and August. Call for days and times.

6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028
Built in 1927, this has been the site of countless Hollywood Premieres and home to the legendary footprints of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars!! Legend has it that actress Norma Talmadge accidentally stepped in the wet cement which inspired Sid Grauman to round up Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks to do the same thereby inaugurating the worlld's largest autograph album! Come see the footprint’s and inscriptions of Shirley Temple, Bette Davis, John Wayne (as Lucy Ricardo did), Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, and so many many more….

Hollywood Blvd from La Brea to Gower and Vine Street from Yucca to Sunset Blvd
The first star was placed on the Walk of Fame on February 9, 1960 for actress Joanne Woodward. Since then hundreds of personalities from the entertainment world have been honored for helping to make Hollywood the most famous community in the world!
Be sure to look for your favorite celebrities.
The distinctive bronze stars are embedded in pink terrazzo and surrounded by charcoal terrazzo squares. Each star is engraved with the name of the artist and with an emblem identifying the category in which they are being honored - Motion Pictures, Television, Radio, Recording, or Live Theater. The walk has been designated by the City of Los Angeles as a Cultural and Historical Landmark.
To find a list of star locations try one of the souvenir shops on the Boulevard or one of the local newsstands.

7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 465-7900 (24 hour info line)
The Museum celebrates the achievements and history of Hollywood. Featured are the actual sets from “Star Trek” and “Cheers!”
Museum Shop
Summer Hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day) 10AM to 6PM Mon – Sat, 11AM to 6PM Sunday
Winter Hours 11AM – 6PM, Closed Wednesday
Adults $7.50, Students with ID $4.50, Children (5-12) $4.00 (under 4 Free) Seniors (60+) $4.50

7000 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90048
(323) 466-7000
A member of the National Historic Register, The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was founded in 1927 by a group of Hollywood luminaries who included Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Sid Grauman, and Louis B. Mayer.
In 1929 the first Academy Awards were presented at a black-tie dinner, held in the Blossom Room of the hotel. Following dinner, Academy president Douglas Fairbanks made the presentations. Twelve Oscars were handed out in less then 10 minutes! Among the recipients was Janet Gaynor for Best Actress and “Wings” as Best Picture. Receiving special awards that evening were Charlie Chaplin for his versatility and genius as an actor and to Warner Bros. for producing the first talking picture, “The Jazz Singer.”
The Hotel has hosted many celebrities over the years. Among them Clark Gable and Carol Lombard. It’s rumored that the ghosts of Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe still haunt the hotel.
Top entertainers have played the art-deco styled Cinegrill and crowds are still drawn to this well known cabaret. On the Mezzanine level you can take a self-guided tour of a Museum that depicts the history of Hollywood and the movies.
Parking: Hotel Valet or on street parking. There are also parking lots across the street

6914 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-6106
Founder, Harry Lewis, opened the first Hamburger Hamlet in 1950. Dubbed the “coffee shop to the stars,” the original locations featured leather booths and rich walnut paneling. Signature dishes include the lobster bisque, hamburgers, and “those potatoes.”
Moderately priced. Casual Attire.
Located across the street from the Mann’s Chinese Theater.
Hours: 11 Am to 11 PM Monday – Thursday 11 AM – 12 AM Friday and Saturday
8 AM – 11 PM Sunday

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