WARNER BROS. STUDIO FACILITIES oversees the physical operations of Warner Bros. Studios, one of the foremost motion picture and television production and post-production facilities in the world. Physical production facilities on the historic 110-acre main lot include 30 soundstages (including one of the tallest in the world that also has an in-ground water tank with a two-million-gallon capacity) plus a 20-acre backlot that can double as almost anywhere, be it a jungle in the rainforest, Main Street, USA or a bustling metropolitan city. Adjacent to the main studio lot is the Warner Bros. Ranch, a 32-acre facility which houses five additional soundstages and various exterior sets.
WBSF’s post production services department continues to be a leader in sound design, mixing and editorial services, as well as DVD audio mastering. Operating the most technologically advanced equipment in the industry, the department’s facilities include 16 re-recording stages, the state-of-the-art Eastwood Scoring Stage, five ADR (automated dialogue replacement) stages, two Foley stages and over 175 editing rooms that handle digital and analogue audio editing, full-service mastering and a wide range of digital services, including restoration, compression and distribution.
The Studio is also home to a complete range of production-related services, including costume, property/set dressing, set design and construction, scenic art, set lighting, grip, special effects, catering, production sound, transportation, sign shop, drapery and photo lab.
Among its many screening facilities, the Studio houses one of the preeminent state-of-the-art theaters in the industry, the 516-seat Steven J. Ross Theater. Adjacent to the theater is the only studio museum in the industry, the highly acclaimed Warner Bros. Museum. Opened in 1996, the two-story museum displays a unique collection of memorabilia including costumes, correspondence, props and scripts from the Studio’s films and television shows.
Sharing a rare behind-the-scenes look into the world of entertainment, the Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tour offers guests an intimate view of the inner workings of a thriving motion picture and television studio, as well as a visit to the Warner Bros. Museum.
In addition, the Studio Facilities Group is responsible for managing the company’s studio in the U.K.—Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden—a 160-acre production facility that has been the production site of many highly acclaimed Warner Bros. movies including the eight Harry Potter films, The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This U.K. facility is also the home of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London—The Making of Harry Potter, a multi-media visitor attraction that showcases many of the iconic sets, props and costumes from the eight Harry Potter films and gives fans a look behind the scenes to understand how these magnificent films were made.