The little-known Warner Bros. Studios Tour offers a rare glimpse of the nuts and bolts of a working studio.
Where else can tourists slip onto a Chevy Chase set and watch for several minutes before being shooed away by a production assistant? What other tour would lead its guests into a recording studio, crowded with engineers, to watch a 105-piece orchestra lay down the soundtrack for Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood"?
"You're going to be taking a spontaneous, informal look at our studio," tour director Dick Mason tells his groups when they arrive.
He's telling the truth. Tours are restricted to a dozen people at a time, no cameras and no children under 10. There is no formal route: the guides simply walk visitors across the lot, pausing when they find something of interest.