The Movies

Movies were big news in Burbank as early as 1920’s with production companies shooting many scenes on City streets. First National Pictures (later to become Warner Bros.) started building its huge lot in 1926. Columbia purchased 40 acres in 1934 for the Columbia Ranch with another 40 acres added in 1949. The City’s position in the entertainment world continued to mount with the opening of Walt Disney Studios in 1939 and NBC’s purchase of property in 1951 for its color studios.