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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1999
Ray-Art Studios, an emerging entertainment production facility in the West Valley, just wrapped up its first feature film project. The studio, which opened two years ago in Canoga Park, had been specializing in renting sound stage space to TV productions, such as "The Love Boat" and "Nothing Sacred." But with the completion this month of "The Storytellers," a comedy about screenwriting, Ray-Art is venturing into new territory.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1993 | DEBRA CANO
Customers renting private booths at the city's two karaoke studios can sing the night away--and into the early morning. The owners of both of the karaoke studios received the approval of the Planning Commission last week to extend their hours of operation beyond 2 a.m. Elvis!? Karaoke Studios, 18914 Brookhurst St., was told it could stay open until 4 a.m. Only You, 18120 Brookhurst St., was granted permission to remain open until 3 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1997 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The home of George Jetson and Scooby-Doo will not be named a Los Angeles city landmark despite pleas from cartoon fans who wanted the Hanna-Barbera Productions studio protected as an irreplaceable part of entertainment and California history. The city Cultural Heritage Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously and, members said, "reluctantly" to deny cultural-historic monument status to the Cahuenga Boulevard studio of three green and yellow buildings next to the Hollywood Freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1997
An annual student art show that was scheduled to begin at Redondo Union High School on Thursday was canceled after a fire in a large pottery oven gutted two classrooms--housing art and English classes--and destroyed more than 30 years of student artwork. Ten firetrucks arrived at the school about 5 a.m. Wednesday and were able to contain the blaze before it spread throughout the building.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1994 | KAY HWANGBO
CBS will ask the city for permission to embark on a major expansion of its studio facilities at a zoning hearing today. Specifically, the television network wants permission to build seven sound stages on residentially zoned land and to build above height limits on Radford Avenue in Studio City. The 245,000-square-foot project includes dressing rooms, storage areas, production support areas and 1,202 parking spaces.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
"Singin' in the Rain" got it wrong. The beloved 1952 musical-comedy spoofing the transition from silent films to sound in Hollywood didn't reflect what really happened after the release of 1927's "The Jazz Singer," the blockbuster starring Al Jolson that featured synchronized songs and limited dialogue. According to UCLA Film & Television Archive programmer Paul Malcolm, the studios didn't go into a panic, as portrayed in the Gene Kelly-Debbie Reynolds classic, when "all of a sudden production stopped and nobody knew what to do. " What actually happened, said Malcolm, was "a very rational, ordered decision to move forward with sound production, and they did it in a very rational and orderly way. " PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood The studios decided to make multiple versions of motion pictures.
NEWS
June 8, 1996 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposed expansion of the NBC studios would nearly triple the amount of building space at its 44-acre studio lot in Burbank. 1) Office buildings 2) Parking structures 3) New studio buildings Expansion Details * Size of NBC Studios: 44 acres * Proposed additions: Six new studios, four 15-story office buildings and three six-story parking structures. * Current office and studio space: 845,000 sq. feet * After expansion: 2,364,000 sq.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1997 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The complex of rusting warehouses on the eastern edge of Santa Monica looks forsaken by time with its ramshackle walls and weather-beaten doors. But behind the collection of hulking steel skeletons lies a tight-knit enclave of painters, photographers and other artisans who have turned the former factory site into an avant-garde niche that includes prominent contemporary art galleries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1993 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Gold stars with the names of such celebrities as Michael Jackson and Madonna adorn the doors of the 11 private rooms at Elvis!? Karaoke Studios. Small, mirrored rooms lined with cozy wall sofas are rented by the hour so patrons can belt out their favorite tunes--in privacy or in the company of friends and family. Inside the "Michael Jackson" room, Michelle Liu and Kevin Pan, both 22, take turns with the microphone. Liu sings along in Chinese; Pan chooses Korean.
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