The widespread reopening in Southern California has turned out to be great news for the state’s line of theme parks and other top attractions. One of the most iconic Los Angeles tours for fans of the city’s film history is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, which reopens on June 26 with a wide array of expansions celebrating the studio’s history alongside showcases of its popular DC and Harry Potter properties.
Upon their first arrival on the tour, guests will see a new visitor center, transforming into a ‘storytelling showcase’ exploring the studio’s origins, innovations and history in film, television and animation ( with a replica of the water tower.
It is a beautiful window on the history of cinema and a strong impression of openness. I spoke with Wonder woman director Patty Jenkins on how important it is to her to have a window into the history of cinema:
“I think even as a filmmaker working here who has now made two movies here and one TV show here, even I am in awe,” Jenkins explained. “Every time I walk around, when I read the plates of what was shot on the stages … the history of this studio is so rich, [and there is] such an embarrassment of riches of incredible films that came out of here. “
The Storytelling Showcase is a strong reminder of how far the film has come as a medium. I asked her why she thought knowing the history of cinema was important:
“Cinema has been a great storytelling tool in our time. Storytelling is very important – it’s how we treat our life experience, and it’s a tool we use to communicate with each other about what we’re up against. It’s not just movie history … it’s an amazing way to tell a story. It’s bigger than a movie. I think cinema is about us and who we are, and what are the stories that we have told and the story of where we have been, what we believed in, what we saw and what we expressed. I think it should be seen as something more important than the profession. “
I asked the filmmaker which films were important to her own journey as a filmmaker and storyteller:
“So many people that I don’t even know where to start. But… A tram called Désir, Elia Kazan was one of my favorite directors of all time. When i did I am the night I turned on the same stage as them Tram, who … I don’t even know where to put this in my brain. The fact that Brando really shouted “Stella!” Here … you know, it’s so hard to believe. So I would say, you know, that all of those Elia Kazan movies, a lot of which were shot here at Warner Bros., had a huge impact on me. This whole 1950s movie movement, which was very fresh, daring and truthful about the human experience, had a huge effect on me.
After the “Storytelling Showcase”, guests will then proceed to Stage 48: Script to Screen, the interactive soundstage of the Studio Tour. The soundstage highlights the different stages of the film’s production process and includes both a Central Perk set from Friends and a reproduction of Sheldon’s apartment from The Big Bang Theory.
There is a major expansion of the Central Perk Café – while the original Café was a charming replica, this version is much, much larger and connects directly to replicas of Joey and Chandler’s seats, foosball and others. replicas reminiscent of the Friends set.
Starting at Stage 48, guests will enter a pair of “Action and Magic Done Here” exhibits. You’ll see both a large Batcave full of costumes, vehicles, and props from the various DC heroes and villains who have graced the big screen. It presents costumes and accessories from the Wonder Woman 1975-79 and 1978 series Superman and 1989 Batman movies, through the following DC movies for Justice League and Wonder Woman 1984.
Also in this area is a large Harry Potter exhibit, where fans can find interactive recreations and photo opportunities for making potions, an interactive sorting hat, information on creatures from the Fantastic Beasts movies, and more. .
The tour concludes with a display of memorabilia from the studio’s awards history in the “Celebrating Awards Season” section. The exhibit highlights iconic props and costumes from award-winning classic films, such as the trombone in which Robert Preston starred The man of music, the jersey worn by the late Chadwick Boseman to play Jackie Robinson in 42, and an elaborately detailed miniature airship from Ridley Scott’s Blade runner.
When it reopens, the Studio Tour will be open on weekends, from June 26 to July 11, and the Tour will also be open on July 5. From July 15, the Studio Tour will operate 5 days a week and will remain closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Tours will depart from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with departures every 30 minutes. Tickets are available online for $ 69 for adults (11 years and over) and $ 59 for children 5 to 10 years old on wbstudiotour.com (prior reservation will be required). Additionally, residents of Southern California are eligible for a special rate of $ 57 on weekdays only, until September 30, 2021.