Sunset Las Palmas Studios

1040 North Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

This historic studio has been operational since the 1920s and has seen some classic productions.

It was renamed Sunset Las Palmas Studios in 2017, and was formerly Hollywood Center Studios.

Also known as:

  • Hollywood Studios Inc.
  • Hollywood Metropolitan Studios
  • Metropolitan Sound Studio
  • General Service Studios
  • American Zoetrope Studios
  • Hollywood Center Studios
  • Sunset Las Palmas Studios

More information

Sunset Las Palmas Studios official website


Productions shot at Sunset Las Palmas Studios


Feature Film (32)

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
La La Land2016Damien ChazelleIMDB Database page about La La Land
Movie 432012Elizabeth Banks, Steven Brill, Steve Carr, Rusty Cundieff, James Duffy, Griffin Dunne, Peter Farrelly, Patrik Forsberg, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, Brett RatnerIMDB Database page about Movie 43
Casa de mi Padre2011Matt PiedmontIMDB Database page about Casa de mi Padre
Cinema Verite2011Shari Springer Berman, Robert PulciniIMDB Database page about Cinema Verite
I Love You Man2009John HamburgIMDB Database page about I Love You Man
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li2009Andrzej BartkowiakIMDB Database page about Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
How to Rob A Bank2007Andrews JenkinsIMDB Database page about How to Rob A Bank
A Lot Like Love2005Nigel ColeIMDB Database page about A Lot Like Love
Cursed2005Wes CravenIMDB Database page about Cursed
Domino2005Tony ScottIMDB Database page about Domino
Shaggy Dog2005Brian RobbinsIMDB Database page about Shaggy Dog
Bad Santa2003Terry ZwigoffIMDB Database page about Bad Santa
Down With Love2003Peyton ReedIMDB Database page about Down With Love
Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd2003Troy MillerIMDB Database page about Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
Like Mike2002John SchultzIMDB Database page about Like Mike
Captain Corelli's Mandolin2001John MaddenIMDB Database page about Captain Corelli
Not Another Teen Movie2001Joel GallenIMDB Database page about Not Another Teen Movie
Say It Isn't So2001J.B. RogersIMDB Database page about Say It Isn
Zoolander2001Ben StillerIMDB Database page about Zoolander
High Fidelity2000Stephen FrearsIMDB Database page about High Fidelity
X-Men2000Bryan SingerIMDB Database page about X-Men
The Player1992Robert AltmanIMDB Database page about The Player
The opening sequence (a 7 minute 47 second single take tracking shot) is shot in and around the studio front lot. The studio is also featured throughout the movie.
The Addams Family1991Barry SonnenfeldIMDB Database page about The Addams Family
The house set was built on stage 3/8.
Both the 1964 TV series and the 1991 movie were shot at Hollywood Center Studios.
When Harry Met Sally1989Rob ReinerIMDB Database page about When Harry Met Sally
The Running Man1987Paul Michael GlaserIMDB Database page about The Running Man
Hammett1982Wim WendersIMDB Database page about Hammett
One From The Heart1982Francis Ford CoppolaIMDB Database page about One From The Heart
That Championship Season1982Jason MillerIMDB Database page about That Championship Season
The Escape Artist1982Caleb DeschanelIMDB Database page about The Escape Artist
Xanadu1980Robert GreenwaldIMDB Database page about Xanadu
Front gate, offices, 3 soundstages (Stage 01 (interior of Dannys house and effects stage), Stage 04 (interior of Xanadu opening night), Stage 07 (paint studio, interior of Sonnys apartment)
THX11381971George LucasIMDB Database page about THX1138
Grandma's Boy1922Fred C. NewmeyerIMDB Database page about Grandma

TV Series (13)

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
The Suite Life on Deck2008 - IMDB Database page about The Suite Life on Deck
True Blood2008Alan BallIMDB Database page about True Blood
Season one filmed here.
Wizards of Waverly Place2007 - VariousIMDB Database page about Wizards of Waverly Place
Suite Life of Zack and Cody2005 - 2007VariousIMDB Database page about Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air1990VariousIMDB Database page about The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Season 1 was shot at Hollywood Center Studios.
Jeopardy!1984 - Merv GriffinIMDB Database page about Jeopardy!
1985 - 1994
Ellery Queen Mysteries1975-1976IMDB Database page about Ellery Queen Mysteries
The Rockford Files1974-1980Stephen J. Cannell, Roy HugginsIMDB Database page about The Rockford Files
That Girl1966-1971Sam Denoff, Bill PerskyIMDB Database page about That Girl
The Addams Family1964 - 1966IMDB Database page about The Addams Family
Both the 1964 TV series and the 1991 movie were shot at Hollywood Center Studios.
Many of the sets that made up the Addams house were recycled from 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown' (1964).
Perry Mason1957-1966Erle Stanley GardnerIMDB Database page about Perry Mason
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet1952-1966VariousIMDB Database page about The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
I Love Lucy1951 - 1957IMDB Database page about I Love Lucy
Seasons 1 & 2 were filmed at General Service Studios (now known as Hollywood Center Studios)

Chronology

From http://www.sunsetlaspalmasstudios.com/about-sunset-las-palmas-studios

1919
Designer John Jasper quits Charlie Chaplin’s studios after 13 years of experience and builds three production stages on a 16.5 acre undeveloped tract of land in Hollywood, in order to start his own production company. The studios are named Hollywood Studios Inc. and are described by Moving Picture World magazine as a “studio that will contain four stages, each with a space of 70 x 120 feet… to be built of steel and glass. Each stage will be able to be darkened at any time, without any trouble involved. Attached to each stage will be offices, dressing rooms and other facilities.”

1921
An additional stage is built, along with several exterior sets on the back lot as producers working at the studio include Marshall Neilan, Albert Kaufman, King Vidor, and Marion Fairfax.

1922
Comedian Harold Lloyd leaves the Hal Roach Studios and relocates his company to Hollywood Studios Inc. One of Lloyd’s classics, Grandma’s Boys, was shot at the studios.

1923
Hollywood Studios is bought by a group of LA businessmen.

1924
The studio changes ownership again when B.P.Shulberg buys a controlling interest for Preferred Pictures Corp.

1925
January: John Jasper and the studio operator C.E. Toberman leave the studio as it’s sold for the third time to Al and Charles Christie, producers of the Christie Comedies and owners of the Christies Film Corporation. Toberman retained the frontage property on Santa Monica Boulevard, and the studio entrance moves to the Las Palmas side of the property. The new studio manager is William Sistrom, formerly a production manager at Universal City. The lot is renamed Hollywood / Metropolitan Studios.
Howard Hughes appoints himself president of Cado Pictures, located on the Hollywood / Metropolitan Studios lot.

1926
As sound movies transform the industry, Metropolitan Studios begins construction of sound stages.

1929
Hollywood / Metropolitan Studios is renamed Metropolitan Sound Studio, with Stages 1 & 2 outfitted with Warner Bros Vitaphone equipment.

1951
One of the most popular and enduring shows in the history of television, I Love Lucy came to life in 1951 on Stage 2 at Hollywood Center Studios. Based on the radio show My Favorite Husband, starring Lucille Ball and Richard Denning, the series almost didn’t get off the ground when CBS initially balked at Ball’s demand that her husband, Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz, play the other lead. The network also expressed skepticism over the stars’ insistence that the show be shot in Hollywood to accommodate Ball, who was pregnant.

1954
Desilu moves to Motion Picture Center.

1957
Desilu buys RKO

1980, March 14
The studio lot is bought by Francis Ford Coppola for his use. It’s renamed American Zoetrope Studios.

1982
Coppola’s One From The Heart (1982) made extensive use of the studio – the entire lot was transformed into a giant set that included a replica of part of Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport. However, cost overruns on the film combined with its poor box office performance caused Coppola to fall into financial difficulties and the lot was sold again, this time to Canadian real estate developers, the Singer Family.

The Singer Family initiated a comprehensive modernization and refurbishing effort that sparked a revival of the lot’s fortunes and attracted a new generation of feature film and commercial filmmakers. The Singers also returned television production to the lot by adding control rooms and the infrastructure required for multi-camera video production. The lot again became home to some of the country’s most popular shows, including “Jeopardy,” “Star Search,” “The Man Show” (which helped make Jimmy Kimmel a star) and the Emmy Award-winning children’s series “Pee Wee’s Playhouse.”

2000
In a multi-million dollar investment, the renamed Hollywood Center Studios lot’s control rooms, camera packages and infrastructure were upgraded to HDTV. This was done to support television clients such as Disney, which produced numerous kid- and teen-oriented series on the lot. Three cyc stages were added, one dedicated to green screen production. A virtual set stage was also built to provide a cost-effective way to produce high-quality content for broadcast and the web. Additionally, production office space more than doubled, providing homes for dozens of independent companies, representing every niche in the industry.

2017
Hudson Pacific Properties acquires Hollywood Center Studios from the Singer family and renames it Sunset Las Palmas Studios, where it joins an existing portfolio of legendary Hollywood Studios including Sunset Gower and Sunset Bronson Studios. 

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