W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA Formerly: KCET Studios 4.5
acres Purchase price: $42 million, 2011
APRIL 2011, LOS
ANGELES: Financially strapped public broadcaster KCET has sold
its studio to the Church of Scientology. The station dumped PBS and donations
are down in a terrible economy. So they went for the fast kult kash and
are now temporarily renting the buildings they have operated in since 1971.
told the LA Times that "... the acquisition would expand its audiovisual
capabilities and enable it to move further into broadcast production. The studio
includes two sound stages, extensive post-production facilities and modern
TV, satellite and Internet broadcasting capabilities, the church said. 'It
is a perfect fit, in both size and location, for the expansion of the Church
of Scientology's production of religious and social betterment audiovisual
properties, and we welcomed the unexpected opportunity to acquire it.'"
makes it sound like they had not planned to buy anything and they may not do
something with the property for some time. They often buy properties
and then do nothing. Ninety minutes away they have another giant production
facility called Golden Era Productions aka Gold
Base aka Int Base. It has a giant "castle" shaped soundstage complex
72,000 square feet in size. The largest single stage is 20,000 square
feet. They also feature every sound and post production facility you could
want. There is no need for more production space. But chances are
Gold Base has become too "hot" with all the bad publicity of people being kept
as slaves and prisoners there.
The Sunset Blvd. lot, which has served
as a studio since 1912, used to be the home of Monogram Pictures and Allied
Artists. Scenes were shot there for dozens of notable films, including "El
Cid" with Charlton Heston, John Ford's "The Hurricane" and the Charlie Chan
APRIL 2012: KCET announced they would move to The
Pointe, in Burbank. Now they are next to NBC and Disney.
TOUR THE FACILITY AFTER IT'S GRAND OPENING
typically overdone and slightly menacing fashion, the Church of Sci once
again boasts of it's empty properties, this time the Hollywood Media Center.
One lavish interior full of professional equipment after another is trotted
out, yet every room is empty.
A Church is not a building, a Church
is the parishioners. But they won't show them in any of their architectural
tours. That's because if someone appears in the video and then leaves
the Church noisily the whole thing will have to be reshot. And old copies
of the video featuring the person who "blew" will be used to embarrass
the cult. So it is easier just to pretend Scientologists don't exist
while filming these promos. Pretending Scientologists don't exist
is actually quite easy. The outside world has been doing it for about