Universal Studios

Even though Universal Studios Hollywood is probably best known today as a theme park, Universal Studios is also the largest film and television studio in the world, with 9,000 employees and a long and proud history of filmmaking. Universal Studios has produced many films that have earned a great deal of money, including the Oscar-winning E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Jurassic Park (1993), both directed by Steven Spielberg.

German immigrant, Carl Laemmle, founded the studios in 1912. The studio was built in 1915 on the site of a chicken farm. To make extra money, they used to charge tourists 25 cents to watch the filming of silent movies, but the distraction was too much for the filmmakers, so they had to discontinue the tours.

Universal was the Hollywood studio responsible for the creation of most of our favourite movie monsters like Frankenstein with Boris Karloff, from 1931, Dracula with Bela Lugosi, from 1931, and The Wolf Man with Lon Chaney Junior, from 1941.