File cabinets with drawers labeled “U.S. Customs” and “Czechoslovakia” are among the first pieces of furniture in the 100,000-square-foot warehouse, followed by tall, metal shelves with accordion-style folders.
Rows of books, at least 18,000 volumes with some dating to the 1800s, are a few steps away.
“My Fair Lady” memorabilia and crates with the Batman costumes worn by George Clooney and Michael Keaton lined another wall.
This is the Warner Bros. archive.
And Leith Adams, executive director of the archive, spends his time here, preserving pieces of film history.
The Paris, Ill., native talked quickly and passionately about his work and love for film on a recent, exclusive peek at the archive, which is not open to the public.
Adams recalls when James Dean’s “East of Eden” premiered, and he was 8 when the Hollywood legend died in a car crash in 1955.
“In my mind, it was one of the first tragedies I experienced,” Adams said.