As Disney acquires Fox and prepares to lease the studio lot for seven years, here’s a look back at the history of the storied lot.
Fox moved to its present location, formerly Tom Mix’s ranch, in 1926 and began to construct the massive soundstages that are still in constant use. Stage 6 was built in 1930; among the films that have shot there are “Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947), “The King and I,” (1956) “The Poseidon Adventure,” (1972) and Nine to Five (1980).
1940s: Betty Grable and Dan Dailey, Jr.
Betty Grable, in costume for “Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend,” and Dan Dailey Jr. leave Fox studio lot’s Cafe de Paris during a break in filming in 1948.
Marilyn Monroe on the harbor seet
Marilyn Monroe strolls the harbor set on the backlot in 1947.
Marilyn Monroe on a village set
Up-and-coming actress Marilyn Monroe poses in the Fox backlot’s quaint village in 1947.
1950s: Animal actors demonstration
The American Humane Association staged a demonstration on Fox’s Western set in 1950 to show that horses were treated humanely on movie sets.
Fox’s train station set
Shown in 1955, the 20th Century-Fox movie studio had its own train station and train set, with full-scale Pullman cars and freight cars for railroad scenes. The depot was featured in many films.
The Fox lot sell-off
As the popularity of TV started to threaten the fortunes of movie studios — but before “Cleopatra” was released — Fox sold off much of its acreage to become the present-day Century City. These ruins were the set of war films like “The Young Lions” before they were torn down in 1958.
1960s: Gene Kelly preps production on “Hello, Dolly”
Production designer John De Cuir, left, and director Gene Kelly look over a model of a New York elevated station at 20th Century Fox studios. The massive set cost more than .$2 million
Walter Matthau and Barbra Streisand in “Hello Dolly”
A parade on the elaborate set for the 1969 musical.
1970s: Shooting “The Poseidon Adventure”
Shooting “The Poseidon Adventure” in 1972 involved many elaborate action sequences, such as this one in the ship’s main saloon.
1980s: Hail to the Queen
Nancy Reagan hosted a gala dinner party for Queen Elizabeth II at Stage 9 on the Fox lot in 1983. Bette Davis and Fred Astaire were among the guests.
1980s: Writers on strike
Actress Patty Duke joins striking writers on the picket line at 20th Century Fox Studios on the first day of a 1988 strike over issues of residuals and creative control.
George Clooney and Kelly Preston
George Clooney and Kelly Preston at the lavish 1988 premiere of “Working Girl” on the Fox lot’s New York St., during which a snowy winter scene was recreated complete with newsboys and chestnut roasters.
“Working Girl” premiere
Sigourney Weaver tries ice skating at the premiere of “Working Girl” on the Fox lot in 1988.
2000s: 9/11 Security
Security precautions were heightened after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, with cars being thoroughly searched before they drove onto the Fox lot.