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Warner Bros Studios, Burbank

Renowned Warner Bros. Studios VIP tour transports guests behind-the-scenes and “into the scenes” of favorite shows and movies at the world’s busiest motion picture and television studio.

Where else on the planet is it possible to encounter movie stars on a break during
filming of their latest movie or shooting hoops outside a soundstage after filming
today’s scene?

Nowhere except on the legendary Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour.

Indeed, as they pass through the same gates as Hollywood’s leading actors,
directors and producers do daily, guests of the Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour are
offered a rare look into the world of entertainment, with an intimate view of the inner
workings of a thriving motion picture and television studio.

The Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour transports guests on a one-of-a-kind journey,
immersing them in today’s most popular movies and television shows.  The tour
represents an extraordinary opportunity to explore inner Hollywood surrounded by
actual filming and production amidst yesterday’s and today’s most famous sets, sound
effects, music, props, scenic art and special effects.

Because nothing is staged – this is real Hollywood at work – there is no telling
what, or who, lucky visitors might encounter.  No “Maps To The Stars’ Homes”
necessary here.

In the early days of the Studio, James Dean could frequently be seen speeding
through the lot on his motorcycle, but on one special tour, it was Tom Cruise who
actually boarded a cart filled with guests to listen to the tour guide’s history of New
York Street and its transformation into ancient Tokyo for the movie “The Last Samurai.”
Stunned visitors couldn’t believe their luck, but the reality is that on the VIP Tour,
guests regularly come face-to-face with the industry’s biggest stars.  Martin Sheen once
loaned his coat to a chilly guest with the promise that it would be returned to the
soundstage after the tour.

Founded in 1923, the Studio’s historic lore is well-documented.  From the very first
talkies to the legendary films  “The Maltese Falcon,” “Casablanca” and “Rebel Without A
Cause, ” from the TV classics “Maverick,” “The Waltons,” “The Dukes of Hazzard” and
“Friends” to today’s hottest shows including “ER,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Cold Case,”
“Without a Trace,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Chuck” and “Pushing Daisies,” Warner Bros.
Studios is an icon known the world-over.

The Studio itself sits on 110 acres in the heart of Burbank, California and features
29 working soundstages on the front lot and a number of versatile backlot outdoor sets
seen in countless productions.

Warner Bros. Studios productions have received more than 150 Academy Awards
and numerous Emmys and as a result, a journey through the backlot sets will leave
guests feeling quite familiar with their surroundings.  It is on these sets that hundreds
and hundreds of films have been made including “The Music Man,” “My Fair Lady,”
“Bonnie and Clyde” and more recently “Ocean’s Thirteen.”

Because every day at the world’s busiest movie and TV studio is different, no two
VIP Tours are the same. Tour guides are in constant communication with the Studio’s
production coordinators and whenever possible, guests are escorted onto an active
soundstage or backlot film set for an up close and personal look at the sets, props,
lighting and special effects that go into the making of a Warner Bros. Studios feature or
TV series.

Nowhere else in Hollywood is this possible. In addition, guests are frequently
allowed to stand within inches of the action for a bird’s eye view as cameras prepare to
roll.  On occasion VIP Tour guests have even been cast as extras in film and TV
productions.

Whenever possible, tours are personalized to accommodate the group’s
interests and desires:

  • If a guest has a specific interest in motion picture music, he or she might find themselves on the Eastwood Scoring Stage for a lesson in the mixing and recording of vocals and film scores.
  • Car enthusiasts would be likely to visit the Transportation Garage where they will be allowed to take pictures with the “car stars” of some of the most popular motion picture and television productions in history including the Batmobile, the flying car from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” the General Lee from the “Dukes of Hazzard” and The Mystery Machine from “Scooby-Doo.”
  • Fashion aficionados will marvel at the 60,000 square foot costume department that houses over 50,000 pieces of jewelry, 30,000 shoes, 10,000 hats and 4,000 purses ranging from the pre-historic to the post-apocalyptic eras.

“Elephant doors,” “wig wag lights,” “Foley”– until now these were terms only
entertainment industry experts could explain.  The Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour will
transform guests into industry insiders.  From the anatomy of a sitcom to the layout of
a soundstage, tour guests are schooled on the inner workings of movie and television
production.

On a drive through “ER’s” emergency room entrance set, tour guests get a lesson
in the art of “movie snow” which consists of instant mashed potato flakes. At the
Warner Bros. Mill, visitors are not only walked through the massive facility housing the
paint shop and scenic art department, but they are introduced to the talented artists
and craftspeople responsible for the hundreds of sets built on the Studio lot each year.

Visitors also have an opportunity to explore Hollywood’s only studio museum.  The
Warner Bros. Museum contains a remarkable collection of memorabilia from the
Studio’s rich and celebrated history.  The Museum offers guests an intimate look at the
original costumes, props, sets, scripts and correspondence from countless Warner Bros.
Studios films and television shows — materials not before seen by the general public.

The Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour operates Monday through Friday with tours
departing every 20 minutes between 8:20 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Extended hours are offered
in the spring and summer. The price is $45 per person.  For a more in-depth studio tour
experience, Deluxe VIP Tours are offered daily at 10:20 a.m. for $195.  Children under
eight years of age are not permitted.

Further information is available at www.wbstudiotour.com or by calling (818) 972-TOUR.

Directions from I-5 (north or south) – Take I-5 to the 134 Freeway West. Exit Hollywood Way, turning a double left onto Hollywood Way. Turn left on Riverside Drive, cross Olive Avenue and turn right onto Avon Street. Turn left onto Warner Blvd. following the signs to VIP Tour parking. Do not enter Gate 5. Parking fee is $7.00

3400 Riverside Drive,
Burbank, CA 91522

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