A three-hour Warner Bros. tour
The Warner Bros. Museum is one of the stops made during the Warner Bros. Deluxe VIP Studio Tour at the historic Burbank studios. The Deluxe Tour lasts five hours and explores the craft of movie-making, with lunch in the Commissary Fine Dining Room. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer / July 17, 2012)
“We’ve been hearing from people who say it’s the reason they are coming to Los Angeles,” says Danny Kahn, executive director of the tour, of the thousands of visitors who pass through every month. “We obviously have productions going on all over the world, but they think of the studio as the center of the universe for Warner Bros. We have seen international guests that we really haven’t seen before.”
Small trams cruise the backlot streets walked by James Dean and Clint Eastwood, and visitors can step into an alley where Spider-Man once stole a kiss from Kirsten Dunst. The tour attracts up to 1,500 visitors a day during peak summer months and is available seven days a week. Besides the standard $45 VIP tour is an expanded five-hour “Deluxe” tour (for $250) that allows visitors more quality time for exploring.
Both tours end at the Warner Bros. Studio Museum, with costumes and props from the earliest days of the studio and up to “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“It’s a chance for people to see artifacts from their favorite television shows and favorite films very, very close,” says Leith Adams, the studio’s archivist since 1992. Currently, the entire second floor is devoted to “Harry Potter” exhibits. “It’s such a phenomenally unique film series. We know ‘Harry Potter’ is going to live forever.”
For more information, visit vipstudiotour.warnerbros.com or call (877) 492-8687.