Screen Gems add season 3 ‘Under the Dome’ sets to seasonal tours

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EUE/Screen Gems Studios has added new season three 'Under the Dome' sets to its seasonal tours. Photo courtesy EUE/Screen Gems.
EUE/Screen Gems Studios has added new season three ‘Under the Dome’ sets to its seasonal tours. Photo courtesy EUE/Screen Gems.

Fans of the locally shot television show, “Under the Dome,” can now go behind the scenes of the latest season.

EUE/Screen Gems Studios has just added third season sets from the CBS series to the list of highlights on its onsite seasonal tours.

The tours–which resumed last year after a three-year hiatus–picked back up in March to once again give visitors an inside peek at the largest studio complex east of California and learn about EUE/Screen Gems’ three decades of production.

The tours have already taken film buffs around the 10-stage working lot and through “Under the Dome” sets, such as the crowd-favorite diner, a centerpiece for the show’s activity.

Now, sightseers can take a closer look at more of where this year’s action is taking place. Mum’s the word on what sets, exactly, visitors can expect to see, according to a studio spokesperson, but they’re sure to be some familiar sights to regular viewers.

While the season three sets will remain a surprise for tour-takers, they will get to see the set for a diner, a popular hub of activity on the show. Photo by Hilary Snow.
While the season three sets will remain a surprise for tour-takers, they will get to see the set for a diner, a popular hub of activity on the show. Photo by Hilary Snow.

Also new this year is a tour of the house used in the ABC series, “Secrets and Lies,” which filmed its first season in Wilmington. The production has since relocated to California.

Posters and memorabilia from previous shows on the lot will be also be on display in the Commissary building and, for the first time, visitors will be allowed to use to their cameras in that waiting area.

There will also be a visual history of North Carolina film in the onsite screening theater, where many well-known producers, directors and actors have reviewed footage of productions shot at the studio.

And food trucks will be parked at the studios before and after tours to offer up refreshments. This Saturday, July 18, Kona Ice will serve tropical shaved ice creations and other sweet frozen treats.

The approximately one-hour tours are scheduled for 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, throughout the summer and fall. Those attending are advised to wear comfortable shoes and bring along rain gear if appropriate.

Guests should arrive at the studios, 1223 23rd St., 15 to 20 minutes ahead of time to purchase tickets (cash only). Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and military with a valid ID; $5 for children 5-12; and free for children under five.

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Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6341 or hilary.s@hometownwilmington.com.