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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Hyperion's End

For those among us who have wondered what happened to the rest of the Hyperion Avenue buildings, here is an article from an internal studio publication dated December 1966. Being the last one during Walt's lifetime, it could actually be found on the desk in his working office after his passing. Early October that year, the lot was bulldozed to make way for the grocery store that later became the Gelson's. Somehow it is interesting, in a macabre sort of way, that the Hyperion lot and Walt himself seemingly shared a destiny...
The End...< Click on it!

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Anonymous George Taylor says...

Thanks for sharing this with us. I was able to visit Gelson's this March and it was a bittersweet moment.

Of course, I got my picture taken in front of the historic marker.


Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 11:24:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Jenny Lerew says...

That's wonderful....I'd love to know more about the turtle(tortoise?)with "Traffic" painted on his shell! Maybe the Willy scrapbook would have a picture of this little guy.

Our family lived in Los Feliz, and we went to the then-Mayfair often--I still do occasionally. I'd marvel as a teenager at the historical sign signifying that the Hyperion studio used to be there. What a rotten shame it wasn't kept-it'd be a valuable structure now, whatever it could have been made over as--shops, restaurant, etc.
But that's par for the course in mow-it-down L.A.

Monday, April 28, 2008 at 11:25:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

There are a few structures left, though. The Annex across the street is gone (a nice photo of it is in the new Cowan book of Ingeborg Willy's scrapbook), but another building that is still there is the Trader Joe's/Video Hut/Hyperion Cleaners...

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 1:37:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Hans Perk says...

The buildings I mentioned in my previous comment were never Disney, however. But - Research has shown that there is still a building left on the original site that was owned at one time by Disney studios; a small duplex on Griffith park Blvd.

On the Burbank lot are several buildings that used to be located on Hyperion Ave.: the Shorts building exists of two larger structures, then there is the Hyperion bungalow, and the Annex is there as Castmember Store. All of there were, however, extensively rebuilt!

Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 9:02:00 AM PDT  

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