The Lot at Formosa,
Set Your Stage

Be part of Hollywood history at The Lot at Formosa. With modern amenities and excellent service, The Lot at Formosa has inspired filmmakers for decades.

The Lot Studios Aerial Photo

Start-to-Finish Production,
All in One Place

The Lot at Formosa spans 11 acres of production and support space at the epicenter of the Southern California entertainment industry. We’ll help you take your production from start to finish with all the facilities and services you need right here on site.

  • Three State-of-the-Art Office Buildings
  • Seven Sound Stages
  • Historic Production Offices
  • Construction Mill
  • Sound Mixing Studios
  • Restaurant
  • On-Site Base Camp
Start-to-Finish Production Studios

A Location Like No Other

Whether you’re shooting a short television spot or a feature film, The Lot at Formosa offers locations for inspiring sets throughout the campus.

Historic Buildings at The Lot
Historic Production Offices
Writers Building at The Lot
The Courtyard Building - South Side
Parking Garage
Hollywood Hills
The Courtyard Building - South Side

Making Hollywood History

In 1918, Jesse D. Hampton built a simple film studio at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue. More than 100 years later, The Lot at Formosa has evolved into one of Hollywood’s top independent production studios.


In 1922 Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks purchased the original studio and established Pickford-Fairbanks Studios, later called United Artists in 1927. Pictured above is the studio with the set of Robin Hood (1922) in the background.


The set of The Thief of Baghdad (1923). In 1996, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”


Top productions of the 1930s included, The Count of Monte Cristo (1934), Call of the Wild (1935) and Stagecoach (1939).


Howard Hughes, a studio tenant for nearly 50 years, makes several movies at the studio, including Scarface (1932) and The Outlaw (1941). Pictured above is a Jane Russel in The Outlaw.


In 1955, the film studio changes its name from United Artists to Samuel Goldwyn Studios. Top productions of the 1950s included, Calamity Jane (1953), Guys and Dolls (1955), Witness for the Prosecution (1957).


During the 1950s and 60s, Frank Sinatra, a long-term tenant, recorded several albums with a full orchestra, as well as four feature films and his own variety show, The Frank Sinatra Show.


Top productions of the 1970s included, Bad Company (1972), The Long Goodbye (1973) and Apocalypse Now (1979).


Warner Bros. purchases the property, renaming it Warner Hollywood Studios. Top productions of the 1980s included, Pennies from Heaven (1981), The Love Boat (1981-1986) and Dynasty (1983-1988).


Top productions of the 1990s included, Basic Instinct (1992), Se7en (1995), L.A. Confidential (1997), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) and The Green Mile (1999).


Warner Bros. sells the studio to private investors, who christen it “The Lot.” Top productions of the 2000s included, Miss Congeniality (2000), Dodgeball (2004), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2007) and The Social Network (2009).


Oprah’s network, OWN and Showtime lease office space on site. Top productions of the 2010s included, True Blood (2008-2014), Birdman (2013), Politician (2018), Big Little Lies (2018) and Little Fires Everywhere (2019).


HBO and HBO Max sign a long-term lease for use of sound stages, support buildings and production office space. Top productions of the 2020s included, Euphoria (2020-2021), Yearly Departed (2020) and The Idol (2021).

West Hollywood

The Lot at Formosa is located in West Hollywood at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North Formosa Avenue.

1041 North Formosa Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90046
P: 323.850.3180
F: 323.850.3189

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