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Paramount Studios, the only major classic studio still in Hollywood, stands rich in history and tradition while continuing to set global entertainment standards. No two-hour guided tour is precisely alike because of production activity spontaneity. Encounters with celebrity are not infrequent, since this is where they work. Situated in the shadow of the famed Hollywood sign is Paramount Studios.

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Because filming is going on throughout the lot, the two- hour guided walking tour feels like it's own production as visitors wander behind- the- scenes to get a look at the day- to- day operations. The tour begins at the Bronson Gate Entrance, one of the most photographed studio entrances and where many movie stars took their first steps toward fame. Once inside this landmark fortress, guests visit a myriad of landscapes including one flanked with the original park bench from the movie Forrest Gump.

Many of television's top rated shows are produced on the premises including Frasier. And, as with any studio tour, you never know what famous face you may encounter while making the rounds. Just ask former UCLA student Laura Louie who not only landed a job a Woody Harrelson's assistant while taking a class tour, but ended up becoming his wife. Sounds like the ideal part for a Hollywood love story.

Paramount is a huge, sprawling studio, covering an area almost as big as Disneyland. At peak season, the studio employees over 5,000 people. Just driving around the outside of the studio walls will give you an indication of the studio's vast size. A tall water tower with the blue Paramount mountain logo still looms over the lot, a throwback to the days when the studio had its own fire department and hospital.

Seen from the outside, the studio has one notable landmark: if you've seen "Sunset Blvd," you'll be familiar with Paramount Studio's ornate, wrought iron entry gate. Built in 1926, this renowned arched gateway is located at the north end of Bronson Avenue (and is hence called "The Bronson Gate"). It's almost as famous as Paramount's well known logo (of a snow capped mountain with a halo of stars), and it has a unique history. According to the tour guide, the extra iron filigree on top of the gate was added after crazed female fans of Rudolph Valentino overwhelmed security and climbed over the original unfortified gate.

Incidentally, Paramount Studios can be rented for private parties and group events of up to 3,000 people. The studio offers event planning, food & beverage facilities, service staff, even use of the New York Street set or their sound stages (based on availability).