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 anywhere from a jungle in the rainforest to 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 both sound and picture editorial services. Operating the most technologically advanced equipment in the industry across three locations—New York, London and the main Burbank lot—the department’s facilities include 18 re-recording stages, the state-of-the-art Eastwood Scoring Stage, six ADR (automated dialogue replacement) stages, two Foley stages and over 175 editorial suites 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 industry’s preeminent state-of-the-art theaters, the 516-seat Steven J. Ross Theater. Adjacent to the theater is the only studio museum in the industry, the highly acclaimed Warner Bros. Archive. Opened in 1996, the two-story museum displays continually updated themed collections 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. Studio Tour Hollywood offers guests an intimate view of the inner workings of a thriving motion picture and television studio, as well as a visit to The Archive and the Picture Car Vault. New to the Studio Tour experience is Stage 48: Script to Screen, a self-guided, interactive soundstage that explores each phase of the film and television production process.
In addition, the Studio Facilities group is responsible for managing Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden (WBSL), the company’s 160-acre production facility in the U.K. Since purchasing the site in 2010—and becoming the only major studio with a permanent base in the U.K.—Warner Bros. has filmed numerous productions at WBSL’s redeveloped facilities, most recently The Legend of Tarzan and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and this year’s Wonder Woman and Justice League films. 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, giving fans a look behind the scenes to understand how these magnificent films were made.