Paramount Studios – Backlot

The small backlot at Paramount Studios still manages to accommodate a range of different locations.

The Alley

The newest addition to the backlot, this area was completed in 2010.

Blue Sky Tank

This outdoor pool / tank area is used for most of the time as a studio car park. However, when required for production, the cars are moved, and 950,000 gallons of water is pumped in (at a cost of around $30,000 per fill!).
The most striking feature is the 175 feet x 75 feet sky backing which can be painted as required by the production, or left colored blue or green for CGI replacement.
The tank is positioned where the former Western Town set was located until 1979. 

Seen on Screen: Paramount Studios [Tank]

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
The Ten Commandments [Feature Film]1956Cecil B. DeMilleIMDB Database page about The Ten Commandments
Stage 08, Stage 14, Stage 15, B Tank [parting of the waters, reversed flooding from two water tanks]
History of the World Part I [Feature Film]1981Mel BrooksIMDB Database page about History of the World Part I
Stage 32 - a tank / pool under the stage floor was constructed by Howard Hughes for parties, was last used for this film.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home [Feature Film]1986Leonard NimoyIMDB Database page about Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Blue Sky Tank
The Truman Show [Feature Film]1998Peter WeirIMDB Database page about The Truman Show
Stage 01, Stage 02, Stage 15 and the B Tank [finale] at Paramount
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [Feature Film]2008David FincherIMDB Database page about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Live action material for the boat sequence was shot in the B Tank on the Paramount front lot.

Financial District

Featured in Vanilla Sky and Mr and Mrs Smith.
Although the buildings are fairly short, additional floors can be added digitally.

Seen on Screen: Paramount Studios [Financial]

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
Vanilla Sky [Feature Film]2001Cameron CroweIMDB Database page about Vanilla Sky
Financial District
Mr & Mrs Smith [Feature Film]2005Doug LimanIMDB Database page about Mr & Mrs Smith
Financial District
Mission Impossible III / Mission Impossible 3 [Feature Film]2006J.J. AbramsIMDB Database page about Mission Impossible III / Mission Impossible 3
Stage 08, Stage 09, Stage 16, Stage 18, Backlot Financial District

Lucy Park

This small green oasis in the centre of the studio was landscaped by Lucille Ball.
More information coming soon.

Seen on Screen: Paramount Studios [Lucy]

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
Cloverfield [Feature Film]2008Matt ReevesIMDB Database page about Cloverfield
Many sequences shot on the New York Street sets at Paramount, with a green screen at the end of the set to allow for digital set extensions and insertion of other special effects. The final Central Park sequence filmed on the small Lucy Park on the lot.
Glee [TV Series]2009 - VariousIMDB Database page about Glee
Filmed on Stage 11, Stage 12, Stage 14 and Stage 15 at Paramount. The show was based on the lot and dance rehearsals took place in the Tin Shed (next to Stage 16). Stage 14 is the Auditorium and Stage 11 is the Cafeteria. Lucy Park was used for a close-up of Finn on a sports field.

New York Street

The New York Street area consists of six sections.
A fire in 1983 destroyed most of the area, and damaged stages 15 & 16. It was reported to authorities by William Shatner (see video below).
The current New York Street sets were completed in 1992.

Seen on Screen: Paramount Studios [New_York]

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
Breakfast at Tiffany's [Feature Film]1961Blake EdwardsIMDB Database page about Breakfast at Tiffany
Stage 08, Stage 09, Stage 10, Stage 11, New York Street sets
Grease [Feature Film]1978Randal KleiserIMDB Database page about Grease
Frosty Palace maltshop exterior set was built on the Paramount backlot adjacent to the New York Street set (which was destroyed in a 1983 fire). The bulk of the movie was shot on location.
MacGyver [TV Series]1985 - 1992VariousIMDB Database page about MacGyver
Seasons 1, 2 and 7 were shot at Paramount Studios. Stage 01 and Stage 17. The Valentino Building was featured in The Prometheus Syndrome as Brixton Manor. New York Street featured in Good Knight MacGyver.
Cloverfield [Feature Film]2008Matt ReevesIMDB Database page about Cloverfield
Many sequences shot on the New York Street sets at Paramount, with a green screen at the end of the set to allow for digital set extensions and insertion of other special effects. The final Central Park sequence filmed on the small Lucy Park on the lot.
Fame - Naturi Naughton [Music Video]2009
Sequence with Naturi Naughton was shot on the New York Street backlot at Paramount Studios.
Jay Sean - Do You Remember ft. Sean Paul, Lil Jon [Music Video]2009Gil Green
FIlmed on the New York Street backlot at Paramount Studios on 11 November 2009.
Surrogates [Feature Film]2009Jonathan MostowIMDB Database page about Surrogates
Car crash and stunt sequence shot at New York Street on the Paramount backlot. The area was enhanced using digital set extensions.
Black Eyed Peas - Rock That Body [Music Video]2010Rich Lee
Filmed on January 13 2010 on the Paramount Studios backlot New York Street area.
Müller - Wünderful Stuff advert [Commercial]2011Antoine Bardou-Jacquet
New York Street area with digital set extensions.
Score by Guy Farley, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with a 70 piece orchestra.
The Artist [Feature Film]2011Michel HazanaviciusIMDB Database page about The Artist
New York Street backlot
Jennifer Lopez - Aint Your Mama [Music Video]2016
New York Street Set on the backlot

Washington Square

  • Row of 5 Upscale Georgian Style Facades
  • Four-story Red Brick Buildings
  • Entrances Flanked by Dramatic Columns
  • Previously Used to Represent Boston, Washington D.C. and London

Commercials: Talbot’s, Mercedes Benz, Travelocity

Seen on Screen: Paramount Studios [Washington]

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
Seinfeld [TV Series]1990-1998Jerry Seinfeld, Larry DavidIMDB Database page about Seinfeld
Washington Square on the backlot used in some episodes
The District [TV Series]2000Terry George, Jack MapleIMDB Database page about The District
Washington Square backlot set
Monk [TV Series]2002-2009VariousIMDB Database page about Monk
Shot on Stage 05 at Paramount. Washington Square set on the backlot also used.
Mr Monk Gets Lotto Fever: The murder scene is just outside the studio gift shop and coffee shop.

Western Street

This area of backlot adjacent to the B Tank was dismantled in 1979 and turned into a parking lot.
More information coming soon.

Seen on Screen: Paramount Studios [Western]

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB