Lookout Mountain Studios
Located in the hills of Hollywood, California, this secret film studio produced as many
films as those of the Hollywood majors, yet most of those films were of a highly classified
nature and unseen by all but a few.
The mission of Lookout Mountain, also known as the 1352d Motion Picture Squadron under
the command of the Air Force, was "to provide in-service production of Classified motion
picture and still photographs for the Department of Defense and the Atomic Energy
Commission (now the Dept. of Energy) between 1947 and 1969 when the studio was
Lookout Mountain stage facility in the Hollywood Hills.
Vans prepare to photograph an atomic test at the Nevada Test Site.
This picture was photographed at the moment the blast wave hit the camera.
Although Lookout Mountain closed its doors in 1969, it continued its presence as a
50,000 sq ft. "residental/creative space" in the Hollywood Hills. Most recently, the
studio compound is up for sale with an asking price of $6.3 million.
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real estate listing on zillow.