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Snowfall Outside Charlie Chaplin Studios in Hollywood, 1921

Snowfall Outside Charlie Chaplin Studios in Hollywood, 1921

With the cold weather dominating the national conversation today, we wanted to share with you a historical photograph that perfectly fits this theme.

Below is a view of the “English village” exterior of Charlie Chaplin Studios on La Brea Avenue as seen in 1921. Rain is quite rare for this area, but to have it be cold enough that the precipitation is snow? Inconceivable!

Charlie Chaplin Studios

Charlie Chaplin Studios

Given the central location of this studio—on La Brea Avenue, right in the middle of Hollywood—you may be wondering what is currently there. The answer: the Jim Henson Company Lot. Per Wikipedia:

After being sold by Chaplin in 1953, the property went through several changes in ownership and has served at various times as Kling Studios, the Red Skelton Studios, the shooting location for the Adventures of Superman and Perry Mason television series, and as the headquarters for A&M Records and The Jim Henson Company. In 1969, it was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

Finally, for a quick “then & now” glimpse of the location, here’s a video courtesy of DGMPROD:

A look at Charlie Chaplin's studio - how it was and how it is now.
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