Raleigh Studios

5300 Melrose Aveenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Functions: Movies, Special Events, Studio

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 888.960.3456
Manager: 323.871.5649

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Chaplin Theater Screening Room during Raleigh Studios centennial year, 2015.

Raleigh Studios has three different screening rooms. The largest one is the Chaplin Theater, with 160 seats. The projection booth features Dual-4K Laser BARCO DCI Projectors with GDC DCP Servers that project on the theater’s 28' x 11' Corvus 1.70 screen. Other formats projected from the booth include DCP, DVD, Blu-ray, QuickTime (ProRes or H264), and DIRECTv Hookup. The sound comes through a Dolby Certified ATMOS, facility with CP850 digital audio processor w/ 5.1/7.1 surround, QSC amps/QSC Speakers.

The Pickford Theater seats 38, and has a 6'x13.5'Stewart screen.

The Fairbanks Theater seats 35, and has a 6.5'x15'Stewart screen.

Both theaters are equipped to screen 2K DLP via Christie cinema projector with GDC Server, DCP, DVD, Blu-ray, Quicktime, digital hardwear and playback. Both the Pickford and Fairbanks theaters feature sound provided via an IMB CP750 digital audio processor with 7.1 surround sound through QSC amps/JBL speakers.

A living piece of Hollywood history…..With humble beginnings in 1915 when much of LA was still open farmland and big dreams, Raleigh Studios remains one of the longest continually-operating studios in the world. Run under the banners of the Famous Players Film Corp., Clune Studios, California Studios among others, this 10-acre parcel of history has hosted some of Hollywood’s biggest stars since the Golden Age of film. Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford have practiced their craft on these grounds. Two Academy Award winners for Best Picture (1946’s “The Best Years of Our Lives” and 1967’s “In The Heat of the Night”) were filmed on this very lot.

Under the ownership of Raleigh Enterprises since 1979, Raleigh Studios has been evolved into one of the most state-of-the-art studios in Hollywood, fully equipped with modern facilities, parking and heavy vehicle access, high-speed Internet and telecom, and high-end amenities and comforts for fast-paced productions. Whatever the next chapter of Hollywood’s history brings, we’ll be there to support the magic and the business of moviemaking.

Clune Studio Company William H. Clune of the CLUNE Studio Company purchased the property from Adolph Zukor of Famous Players and began building proper studio technical support buildings and enlarging the main stage. William H. Clune, Los Angeles theatre owner, used his profits from investing in the Epoch Film Producing Corp., which produced with D.W. Griffith, the film, “The Birth of a Nation”. Clune also had the exhibition rights in Los Angeles for that film.

Ramona Production begun on Clune’s first feature production “Ramona” starring Monroe Salisbury and Directed by Allan Dwan.

1915 September “Ramona” In 1915, production begun on Clune’s first feature production Ramona starring Monroe Salisbury and Directed by Allan Dwan.

In December of 1916, Douglas Fairbanks takes an option of leasing a part of the Clune Studio lot. Charles Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks (friends of William H. Clune) produce several World War I War Bond films at the Clune Studio lot, one with boxer Jack Dempsey. Douglas Fairbanks recently entertained boxing champion Jack Dempsey and the Naval Reserve Band. These two celebrities were working for War Bond Sales under the auspices of the National War Camp Recreation fund”.

United Artists Corporation Douglas Fairbanks signed a new contract for a long term lease of the entire Clune Studio lot for Douglas Fairbanks Productions at 5320 Melrose Avenue. Fairbanks releases a statement to the press: “I’m carrying the key to MY OWN studio now".

You don’t have to be a Hollywood celebrity to be treated like one at Raleigh Studios. Hosting your daughter’s birthday party and watch your favorite movie on our 55 foot screen with 160 of your best friends. You and your friends enjoy a multi-player split-screen gaming experience from favorite gaming consoles on our 55 foot screen. Broadcast your corporate meeting live around the world in 4K quality streaming. Throw an OSCARS or GRAMMY viewing party complete with customized catering and red carpet experience. Host your awards banquet or conducting your next corporate training in the heart of Hollywood.

Contributed by Jonathan Morrill
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