Stages at Playa Vista

5600 Campus Center Drive, Playa Vista, California, 90094, United States

Formerly Hughes Aircraft, where the Hughes Helicopter and ‘flying boat’ Spruce Goose were made in building 15, the site  became ‘Stages at Playa Vista’ then in 2006 the management was taken over by Raleigh Studios.
In 2012 – 2014, LA developer Wayne Ratkovich converted the studios into Hercules Campus, a shared workspace / production space, used by companies such as Youtube. The development was expected to cost up to $90 million.
In 2016, the lease was taken over by Google and their new office / workspace complex opened in 2018. 

The hangars formed two 76,000 square foot stages with 72 foot ceilings and large doors. 

Stage Length Width sq ft. Grid Height Floor
Building 15 – North Bay 747 ft 102 ft 76,194 72 ft Concrete
Building 15 – South Bay 747 ft 102 ft 76,194 72 ft Concrete
Building 17 – East Bay 156 ft 84 ft 13,104 22 ft Concrete
Building 17 – West Bay 126 ft 84 ft 10,584 22 ft Concrete
Building 45 – Bay 135 ft 169 ft 22,815 45 ft Concrete


???? – Stages at Playa Vista [PDF: Playa Vista Stage Flyer]
– Raleigh Studios Playa Vista
2011 September 2/3: Building 15 was transformed into a Call Of Duty themed environment to launch the game Call of Duty Modern Warfare, featuring Kanye West at the end of the event.  [ref]
2012-2014 – Hercules Campus
Spruce Goose Hangars leased by Google

Productions shot at Stages at Playa Vista

Feature Film (13)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon2011Michael BayIMDB Database page about Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Much of the film was shot using Pace 3D cameras, as used on James Cameron's Avatar. Other sequences were converted to 3D in post-production.
Production began on May 18, 2010 and wrapped on November 9, 2010, after many months of location work.
Digital capture and effects work used Sony F35 and Arri Alexa cameras.
Avatar2009James CameronIMDB Database page about Avatar
The performance capture shoot at Playa Vista lasted 31 days.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen2009Michael BayIMDB Database page about Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Iron Man2008Jon FavreauIMDB Database page about Iron Man
Transformers2007Michael BayIMDB Database page about Transformers
Van Helsing2004Stephen SommersIMDB Database page about Van Helsing
The Haunting1999Jan de BontIMDB Database page about The Haunting
Menno's Mind1997Jon KrollIMDB Database page about Menno
Titanic1997James CameronIMDB Database page about Titanic
Trial and Error1997Jonathan LynnIMDB Database page about Trial and Error
Independence Day1996Roland EmmerichIMDB Database page about Independence Day
Cable company sets and Area 51 interiors
Batman Forever1995Joel SchumacherIMDB Database page about Batman Forever
The Hunt for Red October1990John McTiernanIMDB Database page about The Hunt for Red October