Monday, March 26, 2012

Historic "Mary Pickford Studio" be razed! Hollywood preservationists in a flap!

If you've ever attended an audition for a TV program, feature film role, or commercial spot - chances are - you've strolled onto a studio lot located at Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa in West Hollywood in search of the production team hunkered down in a studio rental for the duration of the project.

For many - like moi - a trek through the sound stages triggers golden memories.

Now, upstanding members of the TV and Film community are irate and up-in-arms, after hearing that the historic studio (once owned by legendary screen idols Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) is about to face the wrecking ball to make way for a smattering of modern glass and steel structures to be erected in the near future.

"We don't need no stinking ramshackle bungalows," is probably the lament of the "suits" in the ivory tower, who are obviously wringing-their-hands with glee at the prospect of the increased rental space (and potential profit).

According to legend, a secret tunnel - that once stretched underground from "The Lot" to the Formosa Cafe across the street - was dug out so that famed actors (such as Errol Flynn) could slyly toss down a few potent cocktails during the course of a shoot with their "studio bosses" being none-the-wiser.

Frank Sinatra apparently held court in a secluded bungalow in the back when he was on set filming one of his popular musicals while under contract with a major studio.

Although, the City of West Hollywood has acknowledged that property - formerly known as Warner Brothers Studios - is a historic landmark, WeHo City Council Members have fallen short of designating the property as such "officially".

On the heels of the unsettling news, preservationists at the Los Angeles Conservancy are scrambling to block the development, you betcha!

Stay posted for updates, eh?

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