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First trip to Los Angeles, suggestions on what to do?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Brian Price, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. Brian Price

    Brian Price Stunt Coordinator

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    My wife and I will be in Los Angeles the Fri, Sat and Sun of the oscars this month. Neither of us have ever been there. I was hoping some members could give some suggestions on cool things to do in LA. I hear doing a studio tour is pretty cool but other than that I'm not sure what to do. We will have a car so transportation will not be a problem. Any suggestions on cool things to do or which studio tour to take? Thanks in advance!

    Brian
     
  2. Nathan*W

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    If you will do a search, there was another thread within the year that offered some great LA suggestions.

    I'll start you off by giving you:

    - Getty

    - In-N-Out Burger
     
  3. Brian Price

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    Hmmm, just did a search and didn't really come up with anything?
     
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    La Brea Tar Pits. Just don't touch the stuff, otherwise you'll disappear for a million years. [​IMG]
     
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    If your a fan of Die Hard you can go see the Nakatomi building (actually the Fox Plaza building). [​IMG]

    It's at 2128 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. [​IMG]
     
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    Brian,

    Do a search for TV Show tickets. You will be amazed at the number
    of tapings you can get into, some of which are on studio lots.

    Also look into studio tours if they are still offered.
     
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  9. Brian Price

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    Thanks for the suggestion Ron. My wife will love it if we can get show tickets.
     
  10. Brian Price

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    Is the Warner Brothers deluxe VIP tour worth it? It's $195 a person and we can get tickets for a Friday. Sounds pretty cool but we have never done a studio tour before so I don't know if this will be worth it. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  11. BrettV

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    - roscoe chicken and waffles

    - overlook on mulholland -- great view of the hollywood sign and, on a clear day, you can see to the ocean. Very beautiful.

    - santa monica pier

    - drive thru bel air

    - take the 118 to topanga canyon, and drive south for some beautiful scenary. Before you go there, head out to simi valley and check out the poltergeist house from the street. Really cool if you're a fan of that film.

    - WB tour is great. If you're a harry potter fan, you'll really enjoy the museum at the end.

    - Also, if you find yourself in the west valley (winnetka or woodland hills,) stop by stonefire grill for a really delicious meal for relatively cheap.

    - If you have time for a hike, malibu state park is incredible. They filmed the television show M*A*S*H and some other shows there.

    - Driving down sunset at night can make for some very interesting people watching. Just don't make TOO much eye contact.

    - Take a drive down ventura blvd. Don't go at rush hour (which is essentially 3pm - 8pm)

    - If you like horses, I think they have horse shows and stuff at the equestrian center in burbank (down on riverside drive.)

    - Drive thru the hollywood hills

    - If you're in burbank on saturday, stop by the handy market on magnolia for some very reasonably priced barbecue (and very tasty.) They set up grills and a smoker (sat. only) and cook outside. No place to eat though. You have to take it with you. Ribs, tri-tip, chicken, grilled corn in husk.

    Hope you have a great time!
     
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    With fewer and fewer record stores in existence, much less outstanding record stores, maybe a trip to the world-famous Amoeba records would be worth your while.
     
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    Definitely head up to the Mulholland Overlook. Absolutely spectacular views if the air quality is decent. Hopefully you have a good camera.
     
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    We preferred the Paramount tour over the Warners. I really enjoyed wandering the Paramount backlot. A LOT of familiar sets jump out at you once you see them.

    My brother is a big ER fan and I took him on the Warner tour. He really enjoyed seeing the set for the exterior of the hospital. He had always assumed it was an actual building and the restaurant across the street was real - but it was all facade.

    Show tapings are fun, but they can take a long time. We've been to two - Drew Carey Show, and Dennis Miller Live. Because DML was live we were in and out in about an hour. Drew Carey took over seven hours. It was interesting seeing them rewrite some dialogue on the spot and the several takes of the variations to see which one worked best. But that 7+ hour evening (without food or drink) prevented us from doing it again.
     
  15. Ronald Epstein

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    Sorry to get back in here late.

    Paramount is a more intimate studio over Warner. However, you
    will see far more studio history on the Warner lot thanks its on-lot
    museum, wardrobe facility and backlot locales.

    $195 is awfully, awfully steep for a VIP tour. I would wonder what
    the heck they are promising to show you on that tour. We have taken
    tours for about $20-$30 a piece over the past years and we saw quite
    a bit.
     
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    I may be mistaken, but I believe that price gets you lunch in the studio commissary.
     
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    While having a car is essential in CA, don't assume it means transportation is no problem.
    Be prepared for gridlock on the freeways at any time of day or night, not just at rush hour, and always be prepared to take alternate routes. Also don't always assume that the freeway will be quicker than surface streets.
     
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    I got around pretty well in the SF Bay area without a car.
     

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