Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank is a major filmmaking facility owned and run by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. in Burbank, California. The 62-acre (25 ha) studio lot was built in 1926 by First National Pictures as they were expanding from only distributing films to producing them.
The financial success of The Jazz Singer & the Singing Fool enabled Warner Bros. to purchase a majority interest in First National in September 1928 and they began moving their productions into the Burbank lot. The First National studio, as it was then known, became the official home of Warner Bros.–First National Pictures. From 1929 to 1958, most Warner Bros. films bore the combined trademark "A Warner Bros.–First National Picture". Though Warner's Sunset Boulevard studios remained in active use during the 1930s both for motion picture filming and "phonograph recordings a fire in December 1934 destroyed 15 acres (61,000 m2) of the studios in Burbank, forcing the company to put its Sunset Boulevard studio back into full use.
By 1937, Warner Bros. had all but closed the Sunset studio, making the Burbank lot their main headquarters — which it remains to this day. Eventually the First National Company was dissolved and the site has often been referred to as simply Warner Bros. Studios since. I grew up in Los Angeles. When I graduated from high school, like most youngsters, he had a favourite playground: it happened to be the old Warner Bros. Studio on Sunset Boulevard where my uncial worked as a production manager, I was lucky to get a part time job working as a darkroom accent for, Consolidated Film Industries in Hollywood, I had to movie to my sister’s home where I could walk to work I worked for four years.
In a cost cutting move, Warner Bros. entered into a joint venture with Columbia Pictures in 1972 to create The Burbank Studios on the Warner lot. The joint venture lasted until 1990 when the partnership was dissolved and Columbia moved into the former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Lorimar (now Sony Pictures Studios) lot in Culver City and the studio lot in Burbank became Warner Bros. Studios. After graduating as an electrical engineer from California Institute of Technology I was hired by Byron Haskin, ASC, and head of the Warner Bros. Special Effects Department on Stage 5 in Burbank. Since this was the largest such department in the movie business, I was able to work with some of the top cinematographers in the effects field, such as ASC fellows Edwin DuPar, Hans Koenekamp and Warren Lynch. When Warner Bros. purchased First National's studio in Burbank, California, I signed a contract and remained with the studio on and off for the next 40 years.