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John Byrne
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Posted: 22 April 2019 at 1:55pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Learned today that Amazon’s LA site is built on the plot of land that used to be the 40 Acres backlot. Home to STAR TREK, THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW and scores of other TV shows. Also Tara and Skull Island!
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Posted: 23 April 2019 at 8:18am | IP Logged | 2 post reply


I believe the actual facades for Mayberry were the city streets from GONE WITH THE WIND

Culver City is so rich in film history, what with then former 40 Acres, The Culver Studios, and Sony (originally the MGM lot).  I wish they would have preserved the 40 Acres lot, but development marches on.

I highly recommend touring the Sony lot - it’s still got some original buildings and is an active, working lot.  Watching THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT, it’s a bit painful to see the lot just before they bulldozed everything west of Overland for housing - it fell into disrepair through lack of production at the once dominant studio.  It’s a shame it didn’t last until today, since studio space is in high demand.  




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Those Mayberry streets were everywhere when I was a kid. Not that I recognized them as such. After all, movies and TV shows were shot where they happened, right?

I was such a true believer (sucker?) I didn’t even recognize Mayberry when it turned up on STAR TREK. Not even with Floyd’s barbershop and/or the courthouse clearly visible!

(I “grew up” on the streets of Mayberry, and I was deeply annoyed when a 1980’s TV movie was filmed in a real southern town, with the director declaring it “looks more like Mayberry than Mayberry!” Nuh uh!)

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