TRICK PHOTOGRAPHY AND SPECIAL EFFECTShttp://www.sothebyshomes.com/Los-Angeles-Real-Estate/sales/0306590Well spotted. My bold characters---
According to Sotheby’s, the Lookout Mountain Air Force Station on Wonderland Avenue, LA, was built in 1941
as the main WW11 air defence and radar communications headquarters on the west coast.
The base, just five minutes drive from the Sunset Strip, was used as an Air Force film studio between 1947 and 1969 and made 20,000 movies - more than the whole of Hollywood.Films of the nuclear tests at Nevada were processed here under the tightest security controls
and high-ranking military officials would come to view the footage.
It was not until the 1990s that the existence of the military base was revealed to the public.
The building was converted to a spacious residential property and is now back on the market.
At the height of its use by the Air Force, the compound had soundstages, screening rooms and film processing labs
just like any other Hollywood film studio.Over 250 people, including civilians seconded from Warner Brothers, worked as cameramen, producers and directors at the military facility.
Each one cleared to access top secret and restricted data and sworn to secrecy
regarding the activities at the studio.
For 22 years the studio produced millions of feet of classified film and thousands of stills for the military.
Beginning with the first nuclear test in 1945, there was a need to capture the testing with still and moving pictures to help enhance the understanding knowledge of the behaviour of nuclear weapons.
Some of the best talent in the film industry were recruited to work at the studio to film the nuclear blasts.
Staff used specially constructed bunkers in the test area to house remotely-controlled cameras, and took to the skies in planes directly behind the bombers.
Only a few dozen of the films made at Lookout Mountain have been declassified.
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The write-up seems a bit garbled to me - bunkers to house cameras? Anyway, interesting its final date is given as 1969. Maybe activities shifted after the moon landing frauds?