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Fire Heavily Damages Famous Hollywood Recording Studio

Legendary Amongst the Trade

A FAMOUS RECORDING STUDIO IN HOLLYWOOD, California, suffered a costly fire Monday night that destroyed about 15% of the contents inside, including most of the 2nd floor.

KABC-TV photo

The Contra Costa Times reported:

Los Angeles Fire Department investigators today sought the cause of a blaze that damaged a Hollywood studio where greats such as Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley and the Beatles recorded.

The fire at 1041 Production Studios, a roughly 100-by-50-foot building at 1041 N. Orange Drive, was reported about 7 p.m. Monday, and about 70 firefighters had it out in 18 minutes, a fire department spokesman said. No one was hurt.

The studio, believed to be one of the oldest of its kind in Hollywood, was used by major labels. Presley reportedly recorded hits such as "Jailhouse Rock" and "All Shook Up" there. The Beach Boys, Sam Cooke and Louis Armstrong also reportedly recorded in the nondescript building with one side facing Santa Monica Boulevard.

Part of the roof caved in, and the second floor was extensively damaged. According to a published report, the studio was once known as Radio Recorders and built in 1929 by the Victor Talking Machine Co.

There are six independent studios operating in the building.

There were people working in a couple of the studios when the fire started around 7 pm and were able to call 9-1-1 right away, probably saving the major part of the building.  The Los Angeles City firefighters had the fire knocked down in 18 minutes.

KNBC-TV filed this video report from the scene that includes some fire footage:


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