Some questions about LA

Discussion in 'Working in the Industry' started by tarantulis, Jul 26, 2018.

  1. ryst


    Apr 16, 2015
    Los Angeles
    I think it's great to read Charlie's enthusiasm about LA. So many people bash it. I'm glad to see someone loves this city as much as I do. I'm extremely lucky and blessed. My wife and I are always exploring new spots and there are so many things to do out here, we're never bored. I guess it's all about perspective.
  2. KerrySmith

    KerrySmith Member

    I’ve been enjoying it again today. The enthusiasm of so many people trying to create things that mean something to them. Although, I did the 5pm drive from Venice to Hollywood, and that’s no fucking joke. Ridiculous shit.
  3. charlieclouser

    charlieclouser Senior Member

    Dec 20, 2009
    Just got tickets to see 2001:A Space Odyssey in the big room at The Chinese later this month, and I saw it at The Cineramadome a couple of months ago. Even though it probably looks better on a 4k OLED tv, it's still great to be in a city that lets fanboys worship as they please, and seeing Kubrick at The Chinese or The Dome is about as close to a religious film-viewing experience as you're likely to find.

    Then, after the late showing, the diner at the Roosevelt Hotel just across the street from The Chinese is open all night and does a grilled three-cheese sandwich on challah bread that hits the spot.
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  4. Smikes77

    Smikes77 My Avatar looks just like me

    Oct 13, 2014
    Brighton, UK
    What kind of cheese?
  5. KerrySmith

    KerrySmith Member

    I’ll tender a vote for the turkey burger at the diner. Tried that last night after the screenings.
  6. charlieclouser

    charlieclouser Senior Member

    Dec 20, 2009
    Despite the ridiculous real estate prices, I think I found somewhat of a bargain:

    $3.6 million - so $1.5 million less than a house in Santa Monica - and it comes WITH a 96-input Neve VR, a huge mic collection, and a room big enough to hold a 70-piece orchestra. Any takers?
  7. Jdiggity1

    Jdiggity1 Employee Of The Month

    Jan 31, 2012
    La La Land
    I'll pitch in.
    I can cancel my Composer Cloud subscription and put that money towards it. :emoji_thumbsup:
  8. Kyle Preston

    Kyle Preston I accidentally do things on purpose

    Aug 11, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    I can afford one square foot. Wanna go in halfsies @Jdiggity1?
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  9. Jdiggity1

    Jdiggity1 Employee Of The Month

    Jan 31, 2012
    La La Land
    Get your own square foot!

    EDIT: Upon re-evaluating, I would love to go halfsies with you Kyle. :emoji_slight_smile:
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
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  10. MaxOctane

    MaxOctane Active Member

    Mar 23, 2017
    I don't get it, that does look cheap. Are the economics of running a studio in LA just bad, or am I overestimating how much a warehouse space should cost? (my view is skewed, living in the Bay Area)
  11. JohnG

    JohnG Senior Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    I want Charlie to be my life coach.
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  12. charlieclouser

    charlieclouser Senior Member

    Dec 20, 2009
    That does seem pretty dang cheap, especially considering that it appears that price includes the entire functioning business - the built-out facility, the Neve VR, a ton of mics, about a zillion dollars / hours worth of custom wiring, LED lighting, a separate parking lot down the block, etc.

    I followed the build thread from the very start on Gearslutz - check it out, it's absolutely nuts. Here it is:

    I remember when that thread first started, I bookmarked it because I was looking at a house with a pair of gigantic concrete garages that I could build out into a 26x42 foot composing room and a 32x42 foot live room. I got a look at the initial photos on that build thread and thought, "I need a space that big".

    (cue the Arrested Development narrator: "he doesn't")

    As the thread progressed I kept watching because I became enthralled at the sheer insanity of the build - they used up all the Green Glue on the west coast, had pallets of lead sheeting, custom mahogany diffusers, an ridiculous wire list, etc. Then, when it came time for the actual gear, they got the conductor's podium from some famous scoring stage that had closed down, the music stands with attached headphone boxes from another, the decca tree and Starbird stands from another, the Neve console from yet another, etc. etc. etc. It was the most amazing series of priceless, once-in-a-lifetime gear acquisitions - absolute technology-archaeology. That thread details the trials and tribulations in excruciating detail - it's one of the best studio build threads on the internet. And the room has been a success by all accounts - they score tons of tv, film, and game scores there and it appears they're booked solid - and everybody seems to agree it sounds great.

    So now it's almost exactly ten years since that thread started - and why is it for sale? Who knows. Maybe building such a facility is more fun than actually running it? Maybe if it sells for that price the owner will realize a bit of profit? Maybe he wants to build another? Maybe he wants to grow avocados?

    But it does seem cheap for a fully-built and functioning studio of that magnitude. I've seen raw industrial spaces in that price range - stripped to the bare walls. Of course, those were in Santa Monica and this place is in Glendale, so that's something... but still.

    I hope somebody buys it and keeps it running as a scoring stage. Paging RcTec! Get out yer checkbook and re-brand it as Remote Control East!
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  13. Anders Bru

    Anders Bru Active Member

    Jan 6, 2017
  14. SillyMidOn

    SillyMidOn Active Member

    Nov 5, 2013
  15. sean8877

    sean8877 Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    What an amazing thread, thanks for posting. There goes my morning reading through all 30 pages...
  16. resound

    resound Senior Member

    Oct 29, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wow, I didn't know The Bridge was up for sale. That's a great studio.

    The build thread is amazing, thanks for sharing!
  17. gsilbers

    gsilbers Part of

    sadly no one bought the bridge and its closing down.

    sad cuz i remember seeing the owners post in gearslutz and doing the construction and all existed about it.
    but recording studios are def not a good business nowadays in the US. I keep seeing the fox stage always empty except for the huge blockbuster union clad scores com in.
    Anything else seems to go to eastern EU or air studios. Or just done at home.
    since remote control got a stage its even less for media.
  18. brenneisen

    brenneisen Member

    Feb 23, 2017
    *whispers* he is/was already building his own (same street, even number)
  19. givemenoughrope

    givemenoughrope Senior Member

    Aug 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
  20. JohnG

    JohnG Senior Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    very sorry to hear that. I like that room. It's big enough for a large brass section to bloom.

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