December Prop House Holiday Schedule – 2019

It may be the season to be jolly, but for some it’s a time to be both jolly and on time to work. As the upcoming holidays land on some inconvenient days it’s helpful to know what prop houses are open to get through your next shoot.

We’ve called up most of the big guys to get a feel for where you can stop by. As always these dates are all tentative and it’s best to call ahead to make sure they don’t shutter early before you get there (especially on the 24th and 31st).

Days of interest on the table:

FriMonTuesWedThusFriMonTuesWed
12/2012/2312/2412/2512/2612/2712/3012/3101/01

Everyone is closed on December 25th and January 1st. Below you can scroll through and sort by open (√) and closed ( ) for each date.

Prop HouseFri
12/20
Mon
12/23
Tues
12/24
Wed
12/25
Thur
12/26
Fri
12/27
Mon
12/30
Tues
12/31
Wed
01/01/
Thur
01/02
Fri
01/03
A-1 Medical Integration
Advanced Liquidators
AIR Designs
Air Hollywood
Alley Cats Studio Rentals
Alpha Companies - Los Angeles
Alpha Companies - Atlanta
Alpha Companies - New York
Angelus Medical & Optical Co., Inc.
Artery Props
Athletic Room
Auditorium, The
Bridge Furniture & Props - Los Angeles
Bridge Furniture & Props - Atlanta
Bridge Furniture & Props - New York
Dapper Cadaver
EC Prop Rentals
Faux Library
FormDecor
Green Set
Hand Prop Room
History for Hire
Hollywood Cinema Arts
Hollywood Studio Gallery
Independent Studio Services
Jackson Shrub Supply
LCW Props
Lennie Marvin (Prop Heaven)
Little Bohemia Rentals
Modernica Props
NEST Studio Rentals
Ob-jects
Omega/Cinema Props
Premiere Props
Prop Services West
RC Vintage
Sony Prop House (Off Lot)
Surface Library, The
U-Frame It Gallery
Universal Studios Property
Warner Bros Property

Days subject to change. This is a guide based on information collected. Sometimes people and businesses change their minds.

Most prop houses close early the day before holidays and holiday weekends. You will have to call ahead for special hours.

Last Updated: 12/12 @ 01:41pm


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We Will Always Have Paris – Galerie Sommerlath French 50s 60s to Close

Galerie Sommerlath, the boutique furniture, decor, art et al shop owned by “French-born and Moroccan-raised” Michele Sommerlath has announced they will be closing by the end of the year.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have dedicated my life to curating beautiful things for my clients’ beautiful spaces.” She wrote in a press release. “Sadly, nothing lasts forever.”

Known to many as a go-to spot for French and Moroccan styled mid-century modern, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s decor they will be sorely missed.

They will be open to the public for walk-ins until December 15th, at which point they will be available by appointment only.

You can view a copy of their press release below:


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Modern Props Auction – Prop House De-Acquisition Sale

Items in artwork not necessarily a part of sale.

Sometimes props just start to gather dust and it’s time to send them off to a new home.

Modern Props, a large prop house that fits snugly between the 210 and the 118, will be auctioning off around 2,000 items in a couple of weeks. They have always had quite an eclectic inventory so it is particularly exciting for those who like unique pieces. None of their fabricated items will be a part of the auction.

All bidding and payment will be handled online and hosted by Billings Auction – this means Modern Props themselves do not have control over who gets what. As much as Ken would love to help you, he won’t even let ME nab this sweet lamp that caught my eye. It should be noted that you can, and SHOULD, stop by Modern Props to view the lots yourself before logging on for the sale. Physical auction preview will occur over the next couple of weeks, specifically October 14-18 and 21-25 from 10am-3pm.

There will be 2,000 lots available to bid on over the two separate sale days. All manner of lighting fixtures, seating and sofas, desks and more will be up for grabs.

Modern Props Auction Preview Times
October 14-18, 21-25
10am – 3pm PST
972 Griswold Ave, San Fernando, CA, 91340
Auction Times
October 26 & 27, 2019
8am PST

You can also check out the Billings Auction homepage for more info:
http://billingsauction.com/

Day 1 Auction Items and time
Day 2 Auction Items and time

Located between the 210 and the 118, Modern Props has an inventory that has been collected over 40 years.
Website: https://modernprops.com

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Debbies Book Digest – Scenic Expressions

We spoke with Mark & Robert Larinto, the managing partners of 4 separate set construction and storage companies; Scenic Expressions, Centerline Scenery, Scenic Highlights, and Upstate Rentals. In our series Debbies Book Digest we ask a few simple questions of some of the businesses working in the film, television and event industries about their background, experience, and love of the entertainment fields.

Mark & Robert Larinto celebrating 25 years working with the industry.

Question: What drew you into the film and television industries?

My family has been in the industry since I was child. My father was an executive at 20th Century Fox and my mother was the first employee of Scenic Express, one of the industry’s first set construction shops. Scenic Expressions was borne from Scenic Express. Soon after my mother left Scenic Express, she purchased Scenic Expressions. Within a year my brother Robert & I were working at the business, this was back in 1997.

Question: What strengths do you believe your companies bring to the table?

We’ve had to diversify our offerings but stay within our vertical. So, we offer set construction, rentals, trucking & storage.  All are within our vertical, all have the same customer base & all work together to make our offering easy to use.

Question: What do you believe has contributed to your longevity in the industry?

Relationships are the core of our businesses. We wouldn’t be in business if we didn’t maintain our relationships. There hasn’t been a day over the last 25 years that myself or my partner haven’t been available to our customers. We have staff that handles most of the day to day work, being available to customers is critical to our business.

Question: What piece of advice would you give newcomers to this industry, both from a business perspective and for creatives?

I tell our new employees to work all of the hours they can, because there are times when the industry slows down. I also have had the opportunity to talk to new business owners in the industry & my standard line there is “this is a marathon, not a sprint”. This industry rewards perseverance and steadfastness.

Question: What do you find is most rewarding about working in The Industry?

I love being a part of a creative process. Building sets allows us to play a part in the overall concept that’s being communicated. Whether is a scene in a play, or just set pieces for a musical act. It’s always different and exciting.

All photos provided by Scenic Expressions
Located on Lankershim Blvd, Scenic Expressions has a large fleet of trucks and trailers, and over 500,000 square feet of storage space.
Website: www.thesceniccompanies.com

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Dapper Cadaver Yard Sale

Have you ever found yourself in a bind because you don’t have a rubber baseball bat, an engraved voodoo skull, a dragon skull, a decorative bird cage, a dead chupacabra, and some clinical supplies including but not limited to an embalming station and inexplicably need them?

Well shoot you are in luck because Dapper Cadaver, the go-to shop for the macabre and more, is having a yard sale. They need to make some room for more creepy horror stuff so you don’t have to and that means a bunch of cool stuff is up for grabs!

This is the perfect time to nab some perfect items just in time for Halloween. They will even have a wide assortment of factory second body parts on clearance. If you need a hand with anything, they might have a severed one available for you.

If you’re interested right now you can even swing over to their website. They currently have many items up on their sale, clearance and discount store page. These items not sold and more will also be available for your purchasing pleasure at their shop Saturday, September 7th from 9am to 12pm.

You can get more info on their Facebook Event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/420873118775952/

Saturday 09/07/19 – 9am to 12pm
7648 San Fernando Rd., Sun Valley, CA 91352
Save the date for the Dapper Cadaver yard sale! Shop and save on horror props, medical / science props, dinosaur skulls & bones, candelabras, factory second haunt props, body forms and more!
Located on San Fernando Road, Dapper Cadaver is a prop house and retail store specializing death, science, horror and dark themed props. Perfect for supernatural, crime scene and Halloween dressing.
Website: www.dappercadaver.com

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2019 Labor Day Holiday Hours

It’s that time again where we call up everyone to see who’s open this coming holiday Monday and we have some exciting news!

Pretty much everyone is on vacation and you should be too! We are happy to say that the Debbies Book office will be closed on Monday but back in the swing of things Tuesday, September 3rd with everyone else.

Don’t forget that many prop houses and businesses will be looking to close up their doors a little early this coming Friday. Often by 3pm, or even earlier, so make sure to call ahead if something is coming in late.

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New & Used Appliances Up for Grabs – Kimos Appliance’s Downsizing Sale

Located in Van Nuys, Kimos Appliance has always been a great spot to nab new and used appliances. From refrigerators and ovens to washers and dryers (not to mention commercial freezers, dishwashers and more) they’ve usually got something you can work with.

As they aim to use up less space they need to get rid of many items still in their inventory. That gives us a chance to take advantage of some good items at an even better discount.

From now up until the end of August (August 31st to be exact) they will be selling off many freestanding ranges, laundry centers, above the range microwaves, wall mounted ovens, cook tops, vent hoods and dishwashers to expedite their liquidation.

So go check them out, whether for personal or production needs, a sale is a sale.

Located in Van Nuys, CA just off of the 405 freeway at the Roscoe Boulevard exit, Kimos Appliance is a great stop for new and used appliances (they deliver too)
Website: www.kimosappliances.com

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McGinty’s Gallery at the End of the World Major Sale

The estate sale company McGinty’s is selling off a big chunk of their inventory and we all get to benefit from that.

The sale begins today (August 8th) but continues through Saturday August 10th, increasing from 30% off on Friday to 60% off on Saturday. Their inventory is a revolving door of interesting smalls, all perfect for adding to your kit or simply your shelf.

I stopped by today with a friend to check it out so here are some snaps I took.

Here is the text sent for the official announcement of this particular sale:

Estate Sale

869 E. Mariposa Street
Altadena, CA 91001

August 8, 9, & 10th

10-3pm

McGinty’s will be liquidating the collection of a prominent local art collector and their collectibles. Among the collection are listed artists, plein air landscapes, portraits, still life’s, silver gelatin photographs. Original artwork by Marie Youngblood, Clifford Silsby, Sam Clayberger, Kieth Scharf, Ralph Waterhouse, JT Chabot, R. Emanuel, Tony Cacalano, Lopez, D. Buckner, L. Jaullin

Lots of miscellaneous knick-knacks, art and antique books, records, LP’s and 78’s, vintage tools, trunks, and ephemera


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Los Angeles Prop House Community Says Farewell to Christine Bush Selover at Descanso Gardens Last Sunday

When Dan Selover opened Air Designs in 2000 to be a full time Prop House in Pacoima he convinced his wife Christine to leave Independent Studio Services to handle the accounting for the company. It wouldn’t be very long until their two sons, Blake and Bevan, joined to make the business a family affair.

Christine Selover

Known to many as the rock of the Selover family (and the whole team at AIR Designs) Christine will be truly missed. This last Sunday an intimate family and friends memorial service was held at the beautiful Descanso Gardens. Many came and spoke about their memories of Christine and everyone had an opportunity to enjoy a slideshow of some of her best photos with many. Attendees were also given an opportunity to view some of her best needlepoint, a skill she had perfected over her lifetime.

Christine is survived by her two sons, Bevan and Blake, and her beautiful grandchildren.

The family has asked that any donations in the deceased’s name be made to:

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
c/o Office of Development
16133 Ventura Blvd,
Suite 1000
Encino, CA 91436
Formed in 2000 Air Designs is a prop house in the San Fernando Valley specializing in street, restaurant, bar, coffee shop, warehouse, and automotove/NASCAR props.

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Finding Myth & Meaning in Our Personal Stories – Enchanted Studio Props Hosts Talk by Artist Sarah Stone

How does one navigate a dream’s symbolism and personal, internal mythologies? Artist Sarah Stone will address these questions and more this coming July 31st at Enchanted Studio Props alongside their always growing and commendably variable art collection for rent to the film and television industries.

In her talk, Sarah will discuss the intuitive imagination that drives her art and the history behind how she came to develop it.

The talk will be followed by a short Q & A about the artworks on view and then will open up to the floor. Attendees (as time permits) will have an opportunity to share a personal dream with the group and discuss the symbolic imagery therein.

Some snacks and drinks will be available starting at 6, with the talk beginning at 6:30. Sketchbooks will be provided to the first 15 guests. A raffle of one of Sarah’s artworks will be held at the end of the discussion.

Link to Facebook Event

Where:
Enchanted Studio Props
3000 W Empire
Burbank, California 91504

When:
Wednesday, July 31st
6:00 Reception
6:30-8:00 Discussion

Sarah Stone is an artist who has exhibited most recently at The Autry Museum, Ontario Museum of Art, MOAH Cedar and The Korean Cultural Center.
Website: sarahstoneart.com
Formed in 2012, Enchanted Studio Props is a cleared art rental and sales gallery with an ever-growing list of artists whom represent a large amount of mediums and styles.
Website: espart4film.com

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