Hollywood Center Studios Announce Expansion
Variety 411 listee Hollywood Center Studios, one of the largest independent production lots in Southern California, is finalizing plans to construct a 106,000 square foot office complex designed to serve the area’s growing film and television community. The construction project, which will also include a new parking structure and additional amenities, is the latest evidence of a turnaround experienced by the landmark facility under the 30-year stewardship of the Singer Family.
Originally built by an associate of Charlie Chaplin in 1919, Hollywood Center Studios is currently enjoying a renaissance as a center for television production. More than a dozen shows are shot on the lot for Disney, Comedy Central, NBC, MTV and other network clients. The lot boasts a dozen shooting stages, ranging in size from 500 to nearly 19,000 square feet, and also offers such features as state-of-the-art television Control Rooms, production offices, hair & makeup dressing rooms and a full service lighting, grip and expendables department.
Business, according to Singer Family spokesperson Alan Singer, has never been better. “Although film production has largely left Los Angeles, a lot of TV production remains here due to the creative talent that resides in Los Angeles,” he says. “There is still a significant need for sound stages, for sets and equipment.”
Hollywood Center Studios’ new office building is part not only of its rebirth but of the revitalization of Hollywood in general. A number of large construction projects are ongoing in the immediate environs of the lot that will add new commercial space, as well as housing, shopping and entertainment outlets.
Singer says that all this new investment and activity bodes well for Hollywood Center Studios and predicts that the lot will still be going strong 30 years from now. “Producers will continue to need properly equipped and maintained space to produce their shows,” he says. “There are a lot of things changing in the television industry, but the need for stages is constant. Some things last forever.”
Hollywood Center Studios is located at 1040 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90038. For more information, call (323) 860-0000 or visit www.HollywoodCenter.com.