WILMINGTON — Fans of the locally filmed CBS series “Under the Dome,” and the area’s film industry in general, will get to peek behind the curtain when EUE/Screen Gems Studios reopens its public tours this weekend.
The one-hour walking tours begin at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and take guests around the 10-stage lot, including the opportunity to visit sets used for “Under the Dome,” now filming its second season.
“The timing to just great to reopen the tours; and the ‘Under the Dome’ folks have been really receptive to the idea of being involved,” said Pam Stilwell, tour director.
Stilwell has assembled a team of 10, including film and theater undergraduates and recent graduates from University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, to act as tour guides.
“The guides have an in-depth understanding of the film industry, so it will be a treat for the guests. A lot of them have worked as extras on local production and can add a new dimension to the tour,” Stilwell said.
The lot’s screening room — where directors, actors and producers screen footage shot at the studio — also will be a stop on the tour, where guests will watch a six-minute short video about the history of the studio.
Each tour will be able to accommodate approximately 100 people. Stilwell expects at least 1,000 guests will take the tour through May, based on recent reaction and interest the studio received.
The cost of the tour is $12 for adults; $10 for military with ID, students and seniors; and $5 for children 5-12. Tickets may be purchased with cash only upon arrival for the tour.
Tours will not be offered during the week unless groups of 20 or more reserve a date at least a month in advance.
Unfortunately for fans of Fox’s locally filmed supernatural drama “Sleepy Hollow,” which begins season two production May 6 at the studios, Stilwell said that, while they would love to have sets from the show on the tour, it is “not in the cards right now.”
EUE/Screen Gems previously operated studio tours for 15 years, before concluding them in 2011 after the locally filmed drama “One Tree Hill” ended its nine-year run.
The tours will continue through 2014 and possibly beyond, but guests are encouraged to call ahead about fall and winter dates.
For more information about the tour, call 910-343-3433 or visit studios.euescreengems.com/nc/tours.