Universal Studios Lot

Universal Studios Lot is a television and film studio complex located at 100 Universal City Plaza in Universal City, California. It is the site of Universal Pictures and is owned by Comcast through its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal.[1] The lot officially opened the gates of Universal City on March 15, 1915.[2] Today the Universal Studios Lot is made up of 400 acres, which includes more than 30 sound stages and 165 separate structures.[3]

Universal Studios Lot
Entrance to the gates of Universal Studios Lot
General information
TypeTelevision and Film Studio Complex
LocationUniversal City, California
Address100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California 91608
OwnerNBCUniversal Filmed and Entertainment


On March 15, 1915, Carl Laemmle opened Universal City Studios on a 230-acre ranch in the San Fernando Valley and called it "Universal City". The site later became known as Universal Studios Lot and Universal City was considered the first self-contained community dedicated to making films.[4]

In 1950, Universal Studios Lot increased its overall size to 400 acres after Universal acquired additional land at the southern border of the studio. Music Corporation of America (MCA Inc.) bought the Universal Studios Lot in 1958. Universal then leased back its property from MCA until MCA and Universal merged in 1962.[5]

Over the next decades, numerous television shows and movies were filmed in Universal Studios Lot. This includes Psycho (Universal Pictures), Back to the Future (Universal Pictures), The Perfect Storm (Warner Bros.), War of the Worlds (Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks), Desperate Housewives (ABC), and The Good Place (NBC). Today, Universal Studios Lot is one of the largest full-service production facilities. It has continued to modernize and grow with plans to expand by adding additional soundstages and building facilities.[6]

Since 2016, the NBC show American Ninja Warrior has filmed their Los Angeles city qualifiers and finals courses on the lot.

Studio Tour

The Studio Tour is a public attraction both as a VIP and at the adjacent Universal Studios Hollywood theme park that offers visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the historic studio lot.[7] The tour first opened in 1915 when Carl Laemmle invited visitors to see the studio in action. The Universal Tour was halted in the late 1920s and revived in 1964.[2] Since then it has evolved through countless iterations, including new tour hosts, movie sets, and experiences.[8]


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  5. "The Last Mogul: Lew Wasserman, MCA and the Hidden History of Hollywood". Dennis McDougal. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  6. Johnson, Ted. "Universal to Build New Soundstage Complex, Expand Theme Park in 5-Year Plan (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  7. "Universal Studios Tour". UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  8. "Universal Studio's New Tram Host Jimmy Fallon Celebrates Debut". IBT. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
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