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Long shot of the Warner Brothers lot with water tower, located near our Burbank hotel
23 Oct

Warner Bros Studio

What do Casablanca, The Streets of San Francisco, 42nd Street, Fantasy Island, East of Eden, and The West Wing have in common? They, and hundreds of other classic movies and TV shows were created just a few blocks from the Tangerine at one of the twenty nine sound stages on the expansive Warner Brothers Studio lot.

Warner Bros abandoned their Sunset Blvd studios in Hollywood and came to Burbank in 1928 when the four Brothers Warner purchased First National Pictures. The company that created the first ‘Tarzan of the Apes’ in 1918, First National’s studios were located on Olive street near Dark Canyon, now the southwest corner of the Warner lot.

With the earnings from the first full-length sound motion picture, the highly successful ’The Jazz Singer’, Warners brought their pioneering sound technology to Burbank and began to perfect the sound technology. The lot expanded along the Los Angeles River, quickly becoming one of the world’s most advanced centers of cinema production.