Recently, we got the chance to checkout a preview of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood’s new “Classics Made Here” tour which takes a look at some of the more classic films and TV shows to film on the Warner Bros. lot. This is just the latest in a series of great events hosted by the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. Last year, they began a DC Universe exhibit which features numerous costumes from DC/Warner Bros. films such as Wonder Woman. During October, they hosted their “Horror Made Here” event, which allowed guests the chance to enjoy a haunted attraction based around the lot’s town square. A town square, I might add, that has been the filming location for TV shows like Gilmore Girls and Pretty Little Liars to movies like Monster Squad and Postcards from the Edge.
We arrived at the Warner Bros. lot in the early afternoon and got the chance to explore the previously-mentioned town square. It’s really amazing just how many things were shot here. Then we covered a short press conference from Danny Khan, the director of the studio tour, which also featured venerable film critic Leonard Maltin and classic film actress Carole Cook (The Incredible Mr Limpet, American Gigolo, Sixteen Candles)! This lasted for about twenty minutes and was really interesting as Cook had several funny anecdotes to regale the attendees with. After the press conference, we were treated to a slightly abbreviated version of the Classics Made Here tour, and it provided us a fascinating look into Hollywood’s past. Seeing locations where movies like Casablanca and Blade Runner were filmed was a real experience. I was also excited to find out that the lot’s town square area was used in the big outdoor numbers of 1962’s The Music Man!
One of the coolest things about taking the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is that you never know when you’ll have a celebrity sighting. It is a working lot and they are filming things all the time. On this trip around the lot we traveled right past Todd Stashwick (Supernatural, 12 Monkeys, The Riches) who was walking with an unknown individual from the studio commissary! So a big tip to you tour-takers: Always keep your eyes open and cameras ready while on the tour! Where is my photo of Todd Stashwick, you may wonder? Well, I didn’t listen to my own advise and had my camera down as we rode by…. Yeah.
But, I digress, as we continued on the tour and entered Stage 48: From Script to Screen, the end of the line for the tour that takes guests through the process of making a movie or TV show and, even more exciting, houses a VERY impressive array of screen-used memorabilia. Oh, it also houses the actual Central Perk set from this little-known TV show called FRIENDS…. So be sure to take your photo there! As part of the Classics Made Here tour, you’ll find some amazing pieces of clothing and various costumes from classic Warner Bros. films. For instance, you’ll see wardrobe worn by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca! That 1942 picture is easily one of the most famous films of all time and, right there, 76 years later are their costumes looking fresh and new. Other things to take in while walking through Stage 48 are costumes worn by some of the female heavy-hitters of classic film like Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, and many more.
Of course, you’ll also see some amazing props like the actual airship model which flies over Los Angeles in the film Blade Runner and one of the actual Smith & Wesson Model 29-1 revolvers used by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. They even have a real Oscar for guests to hold – they are quite heavy! There are some fun green screen photo ops at the end of the Stage 48 experience but those are paid ops, so if you want them you will have to make some purchases.
Overall, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood continually impresses me with the tour options and events they put together. Classics Made Here is a terrific tour option for those of you film buffs who take a focus on the Hollywood classics of yesteryear. The Classics Made Here tour runs Fridays and Saturdays starting on May 4, 2018. You can find out about all of the studio tour options as well as ticket info and more at the official Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood website.