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Pie in the sky? Warner Bros. plans to build aerial tram to Hollywood sign

The Hollywood sign.
The Hollywood sign.
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From the proposed Dodger Stadium gondola to an exploration of flying Ubers, the battle is on to dominate Los Angeles' skies (there's also a play for the underground — see: hyperloop, Boring Company).

The latest entrant in the quest to create our future transportation options: Warner Bros.

The idea from the company behind Harry Potter movies and Bugs Bunny: They want to build an aerial tram, dubbed "the Hollywood Skyway," according to a statement from the company. It would go from their Burbank headquarters up to the Hollywood sign.

WB's concept art shows people of all ages riding the tram, looking with wonder at... the back side of the hill, as they head up toward the sign. The ride would be around a mile long and take about five minutes, according to a Warner Bros. spokesperson.

Their pitch: Warner Bros. says they'll pay for the whole thing at no cost to the taxpayer. They presented the plan yesterday to L.A.'s Rec & Parks department and the Bureau of Engineering.

The likely cost would be around $100 million, according to a source. They would pay for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the sky tram, Warner Bros. said.

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We reached out to the Mayor’s office, which provided this statement:

“Mayor Garcetti welcomes the discussion of any new idea that can ease traffic congestion and make our most iconic sights and landmarks more accessible to everyone”


Elijah Chiland, reporter with

Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

Gerry Hans, vice president of science and conservation with the nonprofit, Friends of Griffith Park