The Hand Prop Room

Property masters know that when they call on the Hand Prop Room, they’ll get a knowledgeable staff with answers to their production needs. After all, the Hand Prop Room has been operating for over 30 years. And it’s not just hand props, but a full-service prop house.

As always, HPR has a fine collection of items used for hand props and set dressing, but if they don’t have what you need and can’t find it for you, HPR will manufacture it.

Their graphics facility is state of the art, with artists who can provide you with anything from product labels to magazines and custom book covers. Need menus? Let them know what era and your menus will be waiting. The graphic design team is also skilled in engraving, silk-screening, oversize printing, photo retouching and more.

Give them a call. You’ll be in good hands.

The Hand Prop Room

Sony Picture Studios

Sony Pictures, located on Washington Blvd., has production offices and various sizes of sound stages for rent, along with set lighting, fabrication shop, production sound, post production facilities and more, conveniently located on the lot.

But for easy access to its prop and costume rentals, Sony has relocated its warehouse to W. Slauson Ave. in Culver City. Check in at the desk, and one of the staff will guide you through the newly arranged warehouse with its upgraded, extensive and newly automated inventory. You’ll find loads of unique props and interesting set dressing. The selection of contemporary clothes and ethnic and period costumes is huge, so the staff can help you find what suits your production (no pun intended).

There’s also a special property and wardrobe rental service for film students and schools, so be sure to let them know is this applies to you.

Sony Picture Studios

LCW Prop House

In the early 90’s Mark Ringleberg called me to visit his new shop in Glendale. At the time he had been selling to all the local prop houses and wanted to actually be a Prop House himself.  “Hummm, nope. Sorry, you’re not a Prop House, you’re a vendor that can be listed in multiple areas.” Prop House are a very special group of businesses, and I make no exceptions.

Every year I’d visit Mark and my answer was always the same for him. “Nope… not a Prop House.” “Ok,” he’d say with that big grin of his. This went on year after year until one day in 1997 I walked into his facility and was blown away by his inventory and set up.

It was very clear that LCW had arrived, big time, into the business of being a Hollywood Prop House.

LCW is family run with lots of Mark’s sons, in-laws, and grandkids beginning to take on a larger role in running the day to day operations. To this day LCW is still growing so stop by and see what he’s got.

LCW Props

E.C. Prop Rentals

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.

E.C. Prop Rentals

Hollywood Studio Gallery / Ed Stephenson

I first met Ed Stephenson in 1976 when he was relocating the set of the Norman Lear sitcom “Maude” to the Metro Media Channel 11 (which was located in 1976 across from KTLA Studios/Channel 5 on Sunset Boulevard… however it was since torn down and is now a High School) I remember fondly that Ed’s standard dress was formal, complete with an ascot. A very dapper look.

Back in the 70’s Ed saw a need for a prop house filled with artwork and opened Hollywood Studio Gallery in 1979. Before that, all Art Departments had to work with were picture frame companies.

Ed’s vision of a prop house supplying original art, photograph poser images and more has continued to grow over the years, and the collection he found has changed with the industry. Since Ed’s dream has become so important in film and television perhaps his vision was even greater than than we thought.

However, there’s much more to Ed Stephenson than sitcoms and the Hollywood Studio Gallery. From 1946 to 1952 Ed worked for the State Department in the far east as the Civilian Director of Entertainment and Music for the entire far east command. During this seven-year period, he produced and directed what became 1,300 Special Service Road Shows of 5,000 performances annually…and this just scratches the surface of his work! (Ed’s densely typed resume is four pages long.)

He started working for NBC as an art director in 1953, and his television career soon took him from TV specials and award shows to sitcoms. Ed continued to work until 1991, designing sitcoms for Witt Thomas Harris. Since his passing several years ago his legacy continues on with his collection at Hollywood Studio gallery with his daughter Tara Stephenson. By her own merit she has become a well respected set decorator in the Entertainment Industry.

Stop by Hollywood Studio Gallery and check out their large collection of paintings, prints, and photographs. Glance through a large assortment of pieces that vary from western, police, Asian inspired, religious items, and even frames. Certificates and framed badges are also available. Their fast turnaround mounting service is geared to the entertainment industry’s speed and will equally surprise you as much as their collection.

Hollywood Studio Gallery