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Information For Attending A Big Bang Theory Taping

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Let's do this again!

In this thread, you'll find all the information you need for attending a taping of the Big Bang Theory. You can always check this first post for updated information on when tapings will be held and when tickets will be available for them. 

If you are looking for members to attend with, or are looking for extra tickets for your party, or just have questions about tapings or suggestions based on your own experience, comment here!

 

Getting Tickets
Where to get tickets:

Audiences Unlimited

 

When to get tickets:
Tickets are available on the AU website 30 days before the taping at approximately 8:30 am PST. (That's 9:30am Mountain, 10:30am Central, and 11:30am Eastern.) This only applies to weekdays, so if the calendar shows 30 days prior to a taping is a weekend, it will fall on the Monday. Tickets going up at 8:30am is a loose guideline; they have been known to go up as early as 7:45am or as late as 8:50am. It does vary. 

 

Click here to see what time it is in Los Angeles so you know how that compares to your time zone.

 

How to get tickets:

Make sure to only submit for one ticket at a time, one for each name in your party. You cannot submit a ticket request for multiple guests. Warner Brothers needs each party's name individually, so if you're getting multiple tickets, do them one at a time and select 1 ticket.

 

These are the dates that tickets will be available, and for which shows:

Mon July 18, 2016 → 8/16/16 (10.1) (sold out)

Mon July 25, 2016 → 8/23/16 (10.2) (sold out)

Mon Aug 1, 2016 → 8/30/16 (10.3) (sold out)

Mon Aug 15, 2016 → 9/13/16 (10.4) (sold out)

Mon Aug 22, 2016 → 9/20/16 (10.5) (sold out)

Tue Sept 6, 2016 → 10/4/16 (10.6) (sold out)

Mon Sept 19, 2016 → 10/18/16  (10.7) (sold out)

Mon Sept 26, 2016 → 10/25/16 (10.8) (sold out)

Mon Oct 3, 2016 → 11/1/16 (10.9) (sold out)

Mon Oct 17, 2016 → 11/15/16 (10.10) (sold out)

Mon Oct 24, 2016 → 11/22/16 (10.11) (sold out)

Mon Nov 7, 2016 → 12/6/16 (10.12) (sold out)

Mon Nov 14, 2016 → 12/13/16 (10.13) (sold out)

Mon Dec 12, 2016 → 1/10/17 (10.14) (sold out)

Mon Dec 19, 2016 → 1/17/17 (10.15) (sold out)

Mon Jan 2, 2017 → 1/31/17 (10.16) (sold out)

Mon Jan 9, 2017 → 2/7/17

Mon Jan 23, 2017 → 2/22/17

Mon Feb 6, 2017 → 3/7/17

Mon Feb 13, 2017 → 3/14/17

Mon Feb 27, 2017 → 3/28/17

 

Traveling to/Staying in Los Angeles

Where to fly into:
Use the Matrix website to search flights out of and into multiple airports (if you have several options) as well as multiple travel dates to find the cheapest and best option for your travel. Fares tend to be the lowest if you search between Tuesday and Thursday. Weekends are when airlines tend to raise the prices of travel.

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is located at 1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, and is approximately 25.8 miles away from the Warner Brothers Studios. It is more likely to have better flight options, possibly better prices, and more options for international travelers. Downside is its distance from Warner Brothers and travel to and from LAX can be brutal on weekday rush hour times, so be sure to allow a lot of time for travel.
  • Bob Hope Airport (BUR) is located at 2627 N Hollywood Way Burbank, CA 91505, and is 4.2 miles away from the Warner Brother studios. Flights to and from this airport may be more expensive, less frequent, or unavailable depending on point of origin. But it is an option to consider if you are traveling domestically.
  • **Southwest Airlines allow you to change your flight dates with no penalty, so if you are concerned about booking flights in case your taping is rescheduled or canceled, this is a good way to go! (Thanks delsino for this information.) Read their refund policy here and their no change fees policy here.

 

Where to stay (and who recommends it, if any):

This is by no means a comprehensive list. There are tons of hotels, hostels, and other options for your lodging in the city. There are just a few suggestions to start you off, but feel free to check Google Maps, Hotels.Com, or other travel sites like Travelocity or Expedia for other options.

 

You may also look into using an AirBnB for your stay.

 

How to travel:

  • SuperShuttle: Service to and from LAX and BUR. Cheaper than a taxi. You can arrange for it to pick you up anywhere and take you to the airport for when you need to arrive for your flight. You can also arrange for the shuttle to pick you up for free from North Hollywood Station if traveling to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.
  • Primetime Shuttle: Service to and from LAX and BUR. Similar to the SuperShuttle, prices may vary between services, so check them both and see what's best for you.
  • Rent a car: Both LAX and BUR have car rental services at the terminal.
  • Uber/Lyft: These are ridesharing apps you can download on your mobile phone. They are cheaper than taxis as they use local drivers (vetted by the companies) to pick you up and drive you to your destination for a price lower than cab fare. You can use this for local transportation between destinations or even to the airport if necessary.
  • Public Transportation: The 222 Metro busline between Sunland and Hollywood/Highland station stops right outside of Gate 3. Other buses within walking distance are nearby as well, depending on your point of origin.
  • There are also a variety of car rental services available in Los Angeles.

 

Taping Day Information

Where things are located:

 

Where to line up:

Depending on what time you arrive, the line may be in one of two different locations. If you arrive in the morning or early afternoon, the line (both guaranteed and standby ticket-holders together) will be outside in the parking lot next to the parking garage. Sometime around 3:30, Audiences Unlimited staff will arrive to bring the line inside the parking garage where the benches and bathrooms are located. They will split the line into two: one for guaranteed ticket holders, and one for standby ticket holders. 

 

This is the view of the parking structure from across the street. If you drive, you will pull into the garage where it's marked on the right below. The middle section is where the elevator and stairs from the garage come out. The left is where you will go line up early in the day. If you arrive after the line has moved, you may enter where it is indicated in the middle below.

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Here is a close up of the gap in the trees where you will enter to find the line in the parking lot.
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This is directly across the street from where you enter for the line. Good landmark and photo opp!
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This is what the line will look like when you arrive. The line starts at the benches and snakes around to the sidewalk. Please note: if the line is outside, it is standby AND guaranteed TOGETHER. Audiences Unlimited will split the line when they arrive around 3:30 and move you inside.
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You may also watch this virtual tour video for a better sense of where things are located and how to get around!

 

 

 

Tips for taping day:

Here is some information about what to expect on taping day, along with a few things that seasoned vets recommend for your experience.

  • Food and beverage:
    • Bring snacks and drinks for your wait in line.
    • There are also vending machines and water fountains inside the parking garage, so bring some change or bills if you'd like to have that option. There is a snack machine, cold beverage machine, and hot beverage machine (with coffee and hot chocolate).
    • There are many restaurants in the area that you may choose to go to during the day (as long as someone is willing to hold your place in line!). Many people like to visit the Starbucks or Chipotle for fuel. There are lots of other options in the area, so check out a map and see if there's something you might like.
    • There are also a number of places that will deliver food if you're afraid of leaving the line. You can use GrubHub (download for Apple or Android phones) to find a cuisine that you like. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, and Cash. Use the 4301 W. Olive Ave address for where they should deliver, and they can meet you out at the bus stop.
    • Pizza and a small bottle of water will be served roughly halfway through the taping. If you have allergies (lactose, gluten, etc) and think you may need to eat during the taping, bring something alternative with you. I've never seen them confiscate food, so you should be able to bring it in. Just don't make a mess!
  • Bathroom breaks:
    • There are men's and women's restrooms inside the parking garage structure that you may use all during the day while you are waiting in line. 
    • As you are being brought into the studio, there is sometimes an opportunity to stop and use a bathroom on the way in. This is typically only an option if you are guaranteed or one of the first few groups of standbys let in. As they get closer to taping time, there isn't time for them to stop and let the group use the restrooms. So be aware that while it is possible to use the bathroom on the way in, it doesn't always happen. Your best bet is to use it while you are in the parking garage.
    • Once you are in the studio, there will not be an opportunity to use the bathroom until after the first scene is filmed. This is because they need to have an accurate head count while filling the audience, and if people are coming and going, that's not possible. So if you are brought into the studio at 4pm, your next break may not be until after 6:30pm. So plan your breaks accordingly.
    • You can use the bathroom during the taping; however, it is very likely that you will miss a portion of the scene. Bathrooms are a walk, and even if you are quick and you return in a short amount of time, they may not open the stage doors until the scene is done filming. You just have to decide if you want to miss part of the taping to use the bathroom.
    • My own personal rule is "no liquids after 3pm" (a slight modification of Sheldon's advice). That allows me to take my last bathroom break by 4 or 4:30pm and not have to interrupt my enjoyment of the show. Obviously everyone's needs vary, so do you!
  • Seating:
    • There are approximately 246 seats in the stage. A maximum of seventy-five of these may be reserved for VIP (sometimes fewer, and on very rare occasions, they may make an exception to go over). The audience is broken into four sections that are six rows deep. The two middle sections are much wider (approximately 15-16 seats wide) and the two sections on the ends are shorter (approximately six seats wide). 
    • The middle two sections of the audience will be filled first before seating will begin on the wings.
    • Standby will be let in once all VIP and guaranteed ticketholders present have been brought into the studio. Once that happens, they will assess how many empty seats are available and begin to bring in standby ticketholders in groups of about ten at a time. More VIP or guaranteed may show up during this time and jump the line, but they will not take your seat from you once you are "in."
    • The amount of standby that get in varies from show to show. It's been as high as 70 and as low as three. It all depends on how many guaranteed ticketholders and VIP show up. Generally, a good 25-40 get in, but this is by no means a guarantee.
    • There are truly no "bad seats" in the house. If you're off to the side, you may have a better view of the "swing sets" (sets that come and go based on the needs of the episode). Penny's apartment, the hallyway, and the boys' apartment are always center stage. The other sets for the episode will be set up on the sides. 
    • If you don't have a good view of a particular scene from where you're sitting, there are monitors all around the studio on which you may watch the action.
  • Autographs:
    • There is not an official opportunity to meet the cast. However, some members have gotten lucky running into them in the parking lot after the taping, or they may sometimes hang out at the barrier after the curtain call.
    • Do not bring merchandise or other items to get signed. They will confiscate it from you at the security checkpoint, and you will have to pick it up after the taping.
  • Handicap access:
    • Call or email Audiences Unlimited ahead of time if you think you may need handicap access. The walk from the parking garage to the stage is very long, so they have golf carts they may take you over in. 
    • There is also a lift in the studio that you may use if you are in a wheelchair or use a cane or just cannot take the stairs. 
    • Handicap access seats are located stage left (meaning the far right of the audience) in the front row. This gives you a good view of the boys' apartment, as well as whatever swing set may be off to that side.
  • Miscellany
    • Bring a watch! You may find yourself wondering what time it is, only to realize you don't have your phone on you.
    • Tapings are generally 3-4 hours long. This depends on how long the scenes take to film and how many of them were pre-taped (more pre-taped scenes means it will go more quickly). If the scenes are few but long, it will also go more quickly. If the scenes are short and many, it may take longer because each set up will take time.
    • Cell phones cannot be brought into the stage. If you need to have your phone for safety reasons (traveling alone, no car, etc) you must give your phone with photo ID to security when you enter the stage. Phone must be powered down completely. You will get it back after the taping. 
    • You may be asked to participate in a few fun activities that keep the audience entertained while filming is not taking place. Participation is completely optional. However, be prepared to possibly: dance, sing (if you're from another country), imitate a barnyard animal, share a weird talent, talk about why you love Big Bang Theory, and much more! These activities can be fun and you have a chance to win candy or a color photograph of the cast. 

 

Who to ask for help, or if you have questions regarding travel/stay:

If you would like to be added to this list, or have any other information that you think would be helpful to this post, please PM me!

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Yeeeees, there's a taping on 23rd I can attend! I have the same problem as last year though - I'm working on Mondays till 2pm. So if there is anyone who could help me get tickets, PLEASE pm me. You will be my best friend forever. :haha:

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#Banned... lmao

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On 6/30/2016 at 11:33 AM, Denyy said:

Yeeeees, there's a taping on 23rd I can attend! I have the same problem as last year though - I'm working on Mondays till 2pm. So if there is anyone who could help me get tickets, PLEASE pm me. You will be my best friend forever. :haha:

I  can help ya! It'll be right after Comic Con, but I'll do it, haha.

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i just booked my dream holiday from Australia to the USA in September and ive realised the few days im in LA is the same time as the episode 3 taping. we tried to plan it around having a couple chances but my travel agent said it was a long shot to get in anyway so just plan to do other things. can anyone give me advice on how to get 2 tickets for that ep, ive been to the site but got a little confused, im never going to get the chance to go again so would be great full for any advice :)

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23 hours ago, fitzsimmons said:

I  can help ya! It'll be right after Comic Con, but I'll do it, haha.

Aaaaaa, I think I love you :haha: thanks!!!

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I just saw that they added a taping for 8/16! Does anyone know when tickets will be available? July 26th, as previously mentioned? Any help securing a ticket or two would be most appreciated! I've never been to California, but knew that seeing TBBT taped live one day would get me there. While it may seem selfish wanting to attend the premiere taping (I'd go to any and all, if I could), I'm a teacher, and there really is no other "good" time to go. In fact, in-services were scheduled for the week of the 8/23 taping, so I had almost given up hope. My birthday's very close to the new date, and it would be the best present ever! Fingers crossed that I get the chance to go... 

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 8/16/16  8/23/16  8/30/16  9/13/16  9/20/16  10/4/16  10/18/16  10/25/16

Dates have been updated.

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I'm a little confused by the terminology out there concerning admittance to a taping. The initial post mentions that "stand-by" and "guaranteed" ticket holders will be split into two groups at around 3:30. Is "guaranteed" referring to those who secure tickets from Audiences Unlimited? (The website claims that these tickets are not guaranteed. I realize that it depends on VIP guests and such, as well, so the first not to gain entrance would be the "stand-bys." However, is one's chance of entering predicated on arriving sooner than others/being in line?) I'm worried that, even if I'm able to get 2 tickets from the website, I won't actually make it into the audience... I'm planning on traveling from PA to CA, mainly for the taping, in addition to some site-seeing. Could any one who's gone to a taping or familiar with the process shed some light on this, or provide any helpful tips? It would be much appreciated! :)

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hi @Kev0821 a guaranteed is a guaranteed, if you read a little bit. you would not

get in with a guaranteed if you ( show-up late,  are under aged,  no i.d. )

if you get a stand-by, you will after to get early about 9:00am to stand in line.

a guaranteed I SHOW-UP about 2:30pm and have got in every time.

you can send me a pm with you name, e-mail will help with a ticket chase.

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On 7/11/2016 at 6:56 PM, Kev0821 said:

I'm a little confused by the terminology out there concerning admittance to a taping. The initial post mentions that "stand-by" and "guaranteed" ticket holders will be split into two groups at around 3:30. Is "guaranteed" referring to those who secure tickets from Audiences Unlimited? (The website claims that these tickets are not guaranteed. I realize that it depends on VIP guests and such, as well, so the first not to gain entrance would be the "stand-bys." However, is one's chance of entering predicated on arriving sooner than others/being in line?) I'm worried that, even if I'm able to get 2 tickets from the website, I won't actually make it into the audience... I'm planning on traveling from PA to CA, mainly for the taping, in addition to some site-seeing. Could any one who's gone to a taping or familiar with the process shed some light on this, or provide any helpful tips? It would be much appreciated! :)

Basically, "Guaranteed" are the primary ticket holders. They are let into the studio first. They say it's not guaranteed because they have to cover their asses in case they overbook it with guaranteeds and then the last few stragglers don't get in. But if you have a guaranteed ticket and you show up early/on time, you should have no problem getting in. Once they've accommodated ALL the guaranteeeds, they assess the room to see how many empty seats are left and then begin to give those to standby people. But basically, if any more guaranteed people show up, they get to jump to the front of the line ahead of anyone standby. If you get guaranteed tickets, just show up at a reasonable time and you'll be fine!

On 7/2/2016 at 1:24 AM, NotWonderland said:

i just booked my dream holiday from Australia to the USA in September and ive realised the few days im in LA is the same time as the episode 3 taping. we tried to plan it around having a couple chances but my travel agent said it was a long shot to get in anyway so just plan to do other things. can anyone give me advice on how to get 2 tickets for that ep, ive been to the site but got a little confused, im never going to get the chance to go again so would be great full for any advice :)

Tickets will go up 30 days before the taping, and the first post of this thread will always let you know exactly what date that is. They go up usually around 8:30 am PST (although sometimes earlier, sometimes later), so figure out what time that is for your time zone. If you need help getting tickets for that day, I'm happy to help, and I'm sure other members here would be as well. We'll get you covered. :)

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I'm so relieved to see a 10/25 taping!

I'm in NZ and booked flights and accommodation months ago to come to LA just for a BBT taping and that's the date I chose.

I would really appreciate any help getting a ticket when they come available.

Thanks

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12 hours ago, Theoneandonly said:

I'm so relieved to see a 10/25 taping!

I'm in NZ and booked flights and accommodation months ago to come to LA just for a BBT taping and that's the date I chose.

I would really appreciate any help getting a ticket when they come available.

Thanks emoji4.png

I'll be here! Feel free to DM me if you wanna talk specifics. :D 

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On 14/07/2016 at 4:38 AM, fitzsimmons said:

 

Tickets will go up 30 days before the taping, and the first post of this thread will always let you know exactly what date that is. They go up usually around 8:30 am PST (although sometimes earlier, sometimes later), so figure out what time that is for your time zone. If you need help getting tickets for that day, I'm happy to help, and I'm sure other members here would be as well. We'll get you covered. :)

Thankyou so much i really appreciate any help :)  i think my time zone is around 11:30 at night for tickets as im in Western Australia and im not overly computer savvy so the prospect of trying to get 2 tickets was daunting lol

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Hey everyone,

im trying to get tickets for the first taping of the season as it works with my school schedule and am trying to surprise my mom as she loves this show and I would love for us to see it live. If anyone could help me get guaranteed tickets since I do live a bit of a distance away it would be appreciated.

Thanks,

lindsay

 

 

 

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On 7/15/2016 at 11:41 AM, Lindsay1223 said:

Hey everyone,

im trying to get tickets for the first taping of the season as it works with my school schedule and am trying to surprise my mom as she loves this show and I would love for us to see it live. If anyone could help me get guaranteed tickets since I do live a bit of a distance away it would be appreciated.

Thanks,

lindsay

 

 

 

I'll be here getting tickets! I'll shoot you a PM.

Anyone else who needs help, I'll be in chat. :)

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Will be in LA 10/4, hoping to get a ticket this time! Last time I was in LA got standby and was shut down at the end. 

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Hi everyone, im looking for someone who would be able to help me get tickets for the show at 30th of august. Me and my husbad ( huge fan;)) are planing a vacation in Usa for a weekend and i would love to guve him a surprise for his bday in august to be able to go for shooting. I would be so blessed to have guatanted tickets as the fact we wouldnt have time any other day of taping:( 

i ll really appreciate if some of u have experience how to get them for sure and would  help me with my surprise :) 

thank you so so muuuuch

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I'm in LA on August 23rd and saw there's a taping. How easy is it to get tickets? Do I need to be on the Audiences Unlimited site at a specific time to ensure I have the best chance to get a ticket? Any help would be much appreciated x

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3 hours ago, Tenji said:

I'm in LA on August 23rd and saw there's a taping. How easy is it to get tickets? Do I need to be on the Audiences Unlimited site at a specific time to ensure I have the best chance to get a ticket? Any help would be much appreciated x

So the tickets go up a month ahead of the taping. Since the 23rd of July falls in a Saturday it will be the following Monday they can go up anywhere from 745 am to 9 am pacific time. So make sure you know the time it will be in your zone and be on the site at that time. Also if you come to this site the day tickets are released there may be some people who can help get tickets for you as well. 

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33 minutes ago, Lindsay1223 said:

So the tickets go up a month ahead of the taping. Since the 23rd of July falls in a Saturday it will be the following Monday they can go up anywhere from 745 am to 9 am pacific time. So make sure you know the time it will be in your zone and be on the site at that time. Also if you come to this site the day tickets are released there may be some people who can help get tickets for you as well. 

Lovely - I'm so nervous as I think it'll literally be the only chance I ever get to see TBBT recorded! Fingers crossed!

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Hi, could anyone help me get a ticket today? I have to be at work at the time tickets go up. :icon_neutral: @fitzsimmons is still probably riding on the Comic Con wave :haha:

Hi, could anyone help me get a ticket today? I have to be at work at the time tickets go up. :icon_neutral: @fitzsimmons is still probably riding on the Comic Con wave :haha:

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