The most iconic images of Hollywood in the minds of people around the world aren't always that sign on the other side of the hill or Mann's Chinese Theatre. The rounded soundstage roofs of Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank are just as evocative an image. These simple but imposing studio grounds have engaged show business imaginations as a birthplace of movie magic for nearly 100 years.
The nostalgia-fueled new book "Early Warner Bros. Studios" by E.J. Stephens and Marc Wanamaker uses more than 200 vintage photographs to give solid historical context to the rolling grounds south of the 134 freeway we're so familiar with today. It's so beloved a location that some people even call it home. Clint Eastwood has had his office for Malpaso Productions on the actual lot for decades.
The "Images of America" series celebrates historic places across the country with exquisitely reproduced archival pictures that tend to evoke a strong emotional response in the reader. Each image in the recently published "Early Warner Bros. Studios" is accompanied by richly detailed captions that answer simple questions but sometimes raise more complex ones.