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Hangers Can Make Great, Big Soundstages

According to Richard Verrier of The Los Angeles Times, airplane hangars are helping to keep some film production in the greater Los Angeles area, including some of the filming for "Pirates of the Caribbean". Southern California has traditionally been a primary locale for the aerospace industry.

Hollywood’s quest for cavernous spaces to bring big-budget movies to life has turned a handful of former aircraft hangars in Playa Vista, Downey and Palmdale into thriving centers for movie production.

In the last decade, a growing number of feature films have been shot in hangars that once housed the Spruce Goose aircraft, Apollo rockets and B-1 bombers, underscoring just how far Los Angeles’ economy has evolved from its dependence on the aerospace industry.

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