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Have you ever dreamt of attending a real Hollywood movie premiere? We recently got a chance to do this when Paramount Pictures invited us to Los Angeles to attend the premiere of the new animated feature, Sonic the Hedgehog, based on the character from the classic SEGA video game. It was so much fun to get to explore both modern-day Hollywood, as well as its rich 100-year history. Many thanks to Paramount for hosting us on this trip! Here’s a look at what our experience was like:
We flew into LAX on Alaskan Airlines, which was actually our very first time flying this airline. We checked into the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, a property whose history is intimately intertwined with the movie industry itself. Opened in 1927 by a group movie industry executives, it hosted the first ever Academy Awards. The hotel has a three-level, 3,200 square foot penthouse where actors Clark Gable and Carol Lombard carried on a secret love affair in the 1930s. Fittingly, this suite is now called the Gable & Lombard Penthouse. Another room of note is the Marilyn Suite, where Marilyn Monroe herself lived for two years in the late 1940s. It’s located just steps away from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, so it’s in a great location if you want to be close to those attractions.
The next morning, we headed to Paramount Studios, where we started the day with a tour of the studio. We started by visiting the prop warehouse, where we got close-up views of props used in some of the biggest hit movies and TV shows, including Bumble Bee and Optimum Prime from Transformers, and the transporter from Star Trek.
Then we headed to the New York backlot. It was both funny and jarring to go in just 24 hours from the real New York City, where we live, to the pretend New York City of this studio. Everybody Hates Chris is a favorite show of ours, and it was cool to see that the Bed Stuy brownstone shown at the start of every episode is actually one of the buildings on this lot!
There’s a ton of history at Paramount Studios (it was amazing to see Stage 19, for example, where Orson Welles’ classic Citizen Kane was filmed) but there are lots of current productions that are now shooting there too – everything from Grace and Frankie to The Blacklist. We visited the soundstage where Dr. Phil is filmed, and it was fun seeing the trailers of the This Is Us cast as we walked through the lot.
Then it was time for the main event! The Paramount Pictures team created a really amazing setup. It was a sea of bright blue (the color of Sonic himself, of course) and there were so many fun games and activities for kids to do. The girls loved eating blue Sonic-shaped cotton candy and playing in the ball pit.
We stopped by the blue carpet to snap a family photo, before heading in to watch the movie, which we absolutely loved! Jim Carrey, no surprise, steals the show with his performance as archvillain Doctor Robotnik. James Marsden and Tika Sumpter bring a lot of heart to the story. Ben Schwartz, whom I absolutely adored as Jean-Ralphio on Parks & Recreation, did a great job of bringing Sonic the Hedgehog to life through his voicing performance.
Thanks again to Paramount Pictures for such a fun trip. It was the girls’ first time in Los Angeles, which made it all the more special!
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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