Today I had a chance to go over to the Warner Bros studio in Burbank for most of the day. A friend of a friend had invited us to come over and see the museum and have lunch at the commissary and then he would give us a walking tour of the lot.
I had been to the museum once before, and of course the big draw here is the entire second floor is devoted to Harry Potter. I had seen a year or so ago and there were new things on display from Goblet of Fire and from the first movie as well. I noticed that several items that were there the last time were gone and was told they needed these items again, for the next (#6) movie that is currently in production. Lots of neat things to see but again they will not let you take pictures. After that he treated us to lunch at the commissary which is really nice now and the food was great. Just about anything you could wish for, and not all that expensive.
Then we walked around the Warner's Lot, visited the only remaining Warner Studio Store (I got a Harry Potter wallet and scarf that are so expensive in the outside world and were so decently priced in this store it was wonderful.
The studio is amazing and we actually got to walk into one of the largest sound stages around. They had finished filming "Ocean's 13" in here and were taking the set apart, but had just started so most of the casino was still up. A HUGE set in a HUGE building. I have never been in a sound stage this big before. And the set was just so awesome to look at.
We walked almost all over the lot. We saw and walked through the New York of the 30's standing set, the small neighborhood street, the central town square set with church and gazebo. The standing set were in some cases being dressed or were already dressed for new shows and some were just sitting around with nothing to do. It is nice to see that this lot is so busy now. Most of it TV shows but some being used for feature movies.
There is a tour offered for $40 and you do get inside some building and the museum, but your time is controlled and really there isn't enough time for a true Harry Potter fan to look at the wonderful costumes, props and set pieces they have in there.
Downstairs in the regular museum they have changed it now to nothing but TV shows. They change this downstairs exhibit every two year or so. But one of the more interesting things had nothing to do with movies or TV. On the Back wall is a dark photograph. It shows the front of a Warner Bros Studio Store that has been severlly damaged and rubble is all over the place. In front of the store is a Bugs Bunny Statue with some paint chipped off, but intact. On the plaque under the picture it simply says "Photo of the Warner Brothers Store located under the Twin Towers. Picture taken September 20, 2001". So, Bugs Bunny survived the fall of the towers. But, according to the Docent who was the one who hosted us today, the statue did survive, but nobody seems to know what happened to it or where it is now.
To bad as they should have brought it here to studio and put it on display somewhere on the Lot. They have so many nice little tribute things around the studio. Like a wall with the raising of the Flag at Iwo Jema (SP?) on top of a wall with the names of every Warner Employee who was in the service during WWII. A piece of the Berlin Wall is on display. A nice fountain that I missed what he said it was dedicated to, but it was beautiful. Lots of little things like that all over the studio.
Anyway, that was a fun day and if you get a chance to take the tour it is worth it because, unlike Universals tour, everything here is real and is in use every day of the week.