He had a grin that made you smile. And a passion for collecting the right stuff. Earl Cooperman saw his future in warehouse, factory, industrial, street/alley, and construction dressing. He saw a need, and he was going to fill it because no one had at that time. He left his studio job and never looked back.
The time was 1990 and I had heard stories about this CBS driver who was starting up a prop house. “He’s in the basement at Holtzman Office Furniture in downtown LA,” someone told me. “Hmmm,” I thought. So I went down to 1417 S. Figueroa St., crossed the bridge, and made a sharp turn into their parking lot. Yep, the stories were true. There was Earl, feet up on a desk as he waved me to a chair. His hands pointing to his modest collection, “See all of this? It’s the beginning of a major prop house that I’m going to build.” And that he did.
Earl soon moved to 231 W. Olive Ave., closer to the television action in Burbank, sharing yet another small space with Al’s Studio Rentals. But he soon outgrew that space and took on a partner in Steve Andrus. Steve was the calm to Earl’s wild side.
By 1993-94, E.C. Prop Rentals moved to 7301 Radford Ave. in North Hollywood. Steve became the expert of relocation when Earl, yet again, outgrew his space, and by 1997-98, E.C. Prop Rentals moved to 6905 Beck Ave., still in North Hollywood. By 2002, Earl added another location on Sherman Way. Sadly, life was cut short for Earl Cooperman. He passed away in 2003 but the business he built is still going strong.
If you ever need to dress a grungy alleyway without actually getting grungy, dress a warehouse, construction site, or anything industrial really, EC Prop Rentals is a perfect stop. Tell them Debbie sent you.
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