PRODUCTION CAPITAL OF CINEMASCOPE PICTURES
While the entire globe is a stage for CinemaScope production, its capital is Movietone City, situated high on the gently rolling hilltop that overlooks Beverly Hills, Hollywood and distant Los Angeles to the east; Westwood and the University of California at Los Angeles in the north, and the beautiful palisades of the Pacific in the west. Between Pico and Santa Monica boulevards, this largest motion picture studio in the world is a self-contained little city of 300 acres embracing more than 48 large buildings and a dozen smaller ones housing departments and production staffs.
This acreage represents an investment running into many millions. Movietone City, with its own power plant capable of furnishing power for a city of 75,000 people, has 73 streets, boulevards and lanes. Within its borders are reproductions of historic landmarks, important cities, towns and neighborhoods all over the world. There are more permanent "arts" at Movietone City than one can find at all of the other studios combined. At one time when the studio was filming "The Robe" and "How To Marry A Millionaire" as many as 7,500 people were working on a single day. Within Movietone City are representatives of every trade, profession and calling.
That Movietone City should be the CinemaScope capital of the world is appropriate for it is the first studio built originally and exclusively for the production of sound pictures. Yet, within a matter of less than two months, under the supervision of Mr. Zanuck, Movietone City was re-tooled and wholly converted to the production of CinemaScope pictures exclusively. Thus, the studio that inaugurated the sound film era made history again; it launched the revolutionary CinemaScope age!