Film and television fans will soon have even more access to one of the world’s busiest working studios, as the Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour will be offering tours on Saturdays beginning March 26 until August 27.
“We are very excited to be expanding our operating hours to the weekend,” said Danny Kahn, Executive Director of the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour Department. “Over the past several years, the tour has become a very popular attraction in Southern California, and our weekend hours will allow us to broaden availability to accommodate our guests’ schedules.”
The Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour takes guests on a two hour and 25 minute journey that offers a rare and intimate glimpse into real Hollywood at work. Surrounded by actual filming and production, tours visit the most famous sound stages and backlot sets from some of today’s and yesterday’s most popular films and television series—such as “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Mentalist” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”—as well as crafts shops, where artisans create sets, props, costumes and more. Because every day at the 110-acre studio is different, no two VIP Tours are alike.
Tour guests will marvel at Stage 16, the tallest sound stage in North America, standing 10 stories high. Having been home to a pirate ship in “The Goonies,” a raging ocean for “The Perfect Storm” and even a Las Vegas hotel and casino for “Ocean’s Thirteen,” Stage 16 has housed sets for countless Warner Bros. classic films since its construction in 1935.
Traveling through the Studio’s myriad backlot sets, visitors will be transported through Midwest Street’s quaint town square, Hennesy Street’s urban city exteriors and the Jungle’s forested
lagoon. Guests may recognize New York Street from “Blade Runner” or “A Star Is Born,” Midwest Street from “Gilmore Girls” or “Pretty Little Liars,” or French Street from “Casablanca,” while fans of HBO’s “True Blood” may have a chance to spot Merlotte’s Bar & Grill nestled in the Jungle.
Inside the Studio’s Property building, groups may peruse items from the department’s more than 10 million props. From antique and modern furnishings, to vases, paintings, suits of armor and chandeliers, this is where set decorators acquire items to create any and every set imaginable. Before leaving the Property department, “Friends” fans won’t want to miss a chance to see the iconic Central Perk coffee house set, recreated as it once was during the show’s 10-season run.
Guests will also have the opportunity to see the 6,300-square-foot Picture Car Museum, which houses some of film’s and television’s favorite vehicles, including the Batmobile, the flying car from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” and the General Lee from “The Dukes of Hazzard.” No trip to the Studio would be complete, however, without a visit to the Warner Bros. Museum. As Hollywood’s only studio museum, guests will enjoy a rare look at a collection of exclusive costumes, props, sets, scripts and more spanning the Studio’s rich history.
Tours conclude at the Warner Bros. Tour Center store, which features exclusive merchandise from some of the most popular films and television series as well as Warner Bros.-branded merchandise and DC Comics products.
The Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour is open Monday through Friday, 8:20 a.m. to 4 p.m.—and Saturdays starting March 26—with tours departing regularly. Children eight years of age and older are welcome. Tickets are $48 per person and can be purchased online at www.wbstudiotour.com or by calling 818-972-TOUR (8687).