Aerial view of Columbia Ranch, Burbank

Aerial view of Columbia Ranch, BurbankColumbia Studios at Sunset and Gower in Hollywood didn’t have a back lot like the other major studios so in 1934, studio head Harry Cohn bought 40 acres of land in Burbank and built his own back lot with its Western Street and Brownstone Street and other standing outdoor sets. I don’t know when this shot was taken, but you can see suburban Burbank springing up on all sides. The lot is still there but it’s now known as Warner Ranch after neighboring Warner Bros. acquired it in 1990.

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One Response to Aerial view of Columbia Ranch, Burbank

  1. No one, to my knowledge, ever called Harry Cohn stupid; my fav Cohn remark was by Red Skelton re the Cohn funeral: “Give the people what they want and they’ll show up in droves.”