Saturday, March 01, 2008

A visit to Warner Bros.

Here are a few photos from a recent visit to the Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank. They still have a back lot, though not quite as big as the neighboring Universal Studios.
This is Hennesy St., named after production designer Dale Hennesy. He designed the street for the 1981 film, "Annie".

Here's the orphanage. It looks a little different 27 years later.
This back lot alley has been used in many films including the first Spiderman and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Pee-Wee walked down this alley in the rain and some gang members jump out at him.
Remember this courthouse? It was seen in the opening of every episode of the 1960's Batman. The Batmobile pulls up and the caped crusaders rush up to Commissioner Gordan's office.

The street above was used in the classic Vincent Price film, "House of Wax". The building on the right with the yellow sign was the small wax museum that gets set on fire in the opening of the film.
The character played by Vincent Price ends up opening a larger wax museum at this location on the lot. Fans of the movie will notice that the marque is missing. This was Warner Bros. first 3-D movie and in the film they have a guy with a paddle ball hitting the ball into the camera at this location. A little further down the street you can see a black theater marque. Apparently this was used as the wax museum in a previous 1933 film version, "Mystery of the Wax Museum".
This town square has been used in many films, including 1962's "The Music Man". You can also see the church on "The Waltons".