Going Hollywood

Planning a trip to LA this summer?  It’s a great destination.  Easy to get to.  Lots of free and low cost activities.  Plenty of budget places to stay and eat plus it sounds more interesting to friends than going to Omaha.

Much of what tourists know and typically want to see centers around Hollywood.   No visit to LA would be complete without a stop at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.  Their website has a ton of great information to make the most of your visit but I would recommend actually seeing a movie there.  This is the link to the showtimes.  We’ve seen 2 movies there in the main “premiere” theatre – a great way to sit, cool off and pretend you are part of a red carpet event – after all, it is classic Hollywood.

Want to do more than put your hands and feet in the prints of the stars?  You can be in the studio audience when they tape some of your favorite shows.  Most days there are hawkers in front of Grauman’s giving out tickets to tapings.  While tickets are always free, it’s usually a good idea to start long before you get to LA to get into your favorite show.

First, does your show of choice use a studio audience?  Game shows, talk shows and some sitcoms do.  Dramas do not.  Start with the website of your favorite show and look for “Be in the Audience” information.  Here is the link to tickets for Dr. Phil’s show.

Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune audience tickets are here.  Keep in mind, this is to be in the audience – not on the show.  Only The Price is Right selects contestants from the audience.

Shows do not tape year round.   Games shows and talk shows tape more frequently but even they go on hiatus for a couple of weeks to a couple of months each year.  Many shows are on hiatus from June till the end of August.  If seeing a show live is an important part of your LA vacation, check the show’s website before you book your trip!

As soon as you know your travel dates, fill out the on-line request form and wait for an email.  Most shows accept requests up to 2 months in advance.  It’s okay to fill out requests for multiple shows and see which ones you get – you can always call to cancel if you have two for the same day but trying for more shows improves your odds of seeing something.  Just don’t put in multiple requests for the same show!

What about those hawkers in front of Grauman’s?  Are they legit?  In a word. Yes.  I once got tickets to The Price is Right for a party of 4 in just this way.  If you didn’t get tickets before you arrived, it’s certainly an option.  I’ve also used a host of websites to get tickets to everything from Jay Leno to Deal or No Deal.

Preference is always given to filling requests through the show’s website or studio’s guest relations desk  but if you don’t have enough lead time, the 3rd party sites are viable options.

Next week I’ll share some inside information to help you get the most out of your studio audience experience!

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