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Television shows and films are seemingly becoming more and more elaborate as the years go on, calling for larger studios and even more colossal sets. Some are so magnificent that they open their doors long after the cameras are switched off, inviting film and television fans from across the globe to step into their favourite fantasy worlds. Here are our top recommendations that you should make sure to visit…
The stories of the stars at Warner Bros LA
Birthplace of Friends, Casablanca, Batman, and countless other Hollywood blockbusters, Warner Bros Studios LA offers an insight into the world of the silver screen and the stories behind your favourite television series’.
You’ll be invited behind the scenes at one of Warner Bros working studios and taken on a tour through their back-lots, where you can still chill with a coffee at Central Perk or browse the huge library of props. There are over 450,000 registered items here, many of which you’ll recognise from both the big and small screens.
A trip back in time at Cinecitta, Rome
One of the oldest and most used studios in the world, Rome’s Cinecitta is an absolute must when it comes to studio tours. To give you a sense of just how respected this cinematic complex is, Federico Fellini made it his base, while it was the location of classics including La Dolce Vita and Cleopatra.
Despite its golden reputation, Cinecitta warmly opens its doors for visitors to explore its permanent backdrops, including those of 1930s New York and Ancient Greece. It’s so open to fresh ideas that it recently allowed Italian director Inti Carboni to shoot a skateboarding film on its prize-winning sets, titled Cinecitta on Wheels.
Bollywood’s heart and soul at Film City, Mumbai
You don’t need to be a Bollywood buff to appreciate the extravagant cinema festival that is Film City, Mumbai. This studio is an absolute must see, with 100 films being shot every year across 42 outdoor shooting locations and 16 studios.
Almost every Bollywood blockbuster has been shot here, so if you know anything about the culture you’ll undoubtedly be fascinated. What’s more, a two-hour guided tour of this set starts from just £6.
Dinner in the Great Hall
A Warner Bros Studio Tour is sure to be on every child’s wishlist this year. It’s the culmination of an entire childhood in one place, and is just as appealing to grown-ups that spent evenings reading the books to their kids before bedtime.
This Christmas Hogwarts Castle is opening the doors for dinner in the Great Hall, famous for the Christmas feast that was the mark of so much joy in the Harry Potter books. On Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December, Warner Bros invite you to join them for a meal in this iconic space, replicating the way that Harry and his friends dined every year.
The heart-warming Studio Ghibli Museum, Tokyo
Another one for both little ones and grown-ups is the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo. Home of animated classics including Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbour Totoro, it’s time to crack out the DVD collection and brush up on all things Ghibli.
This place is nothing short of a shrine to Japan’s most loved animation producers, but as a museum you wouldn’t think it fit into the ranks of a movie sets. Director Hayao Miyazaki famously told the world that this museum is a film of its own however, and there are dozens of secrets to be discovered here.