Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?
get to see it. (Well, you do, but you aren't supposed to know you're
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. Many different
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. All the time.
It is the inside of the Cohen house. It is the pool house & its blue
infinity pool we see all the time... If a scene is shot indoors, there's
a good chance that it was shot on a set inside a soundstage at this studio.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. The show
is shot at Raleigh's Manhattan Beach Studios, the
only studio located in the South Bay (a very convenient location for the
producers of "The O.C.", when you consider that most of their
prime filming spots are in the South Bay). Manhattan
Beach Studios was also the place where they filmed the hit shows "Ally McBeal"
and "Boston Legal" and "CSI: Miami".
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. You'll find Raleigh's Manhattan Beach Studios tucked away near the southwest corner of Rosecrans Ave & Aviation Blvd, in Manhattan Beach, California.
But you won't see the small studio from that corner. When I say "tucked away", I mean it. The official address is 1600 Rosecrans Ave., but to drive past the studio, you'll have to turn south (from Rosecrans) down a small street called Redondo Avenue (it's called Douglas Street on the other/north side of Rosecrans), which is just west of Aviation Blvd.
Driving south on Redondo Ave, the studio will be on your right (west) side. There are gates out front to stop you from pulling into the studio, so don't plan on visiting the set anytime soon without an invitation. There are no studio tours, and you won't get in unless you have official business there.
There are 14 large sound stages at the studio, vast barn-like structures where movie makers can create whatever sets they want to fool you into thinking that you're somewhere you're not.
In the case of "The O.C.", you'll find the show's permanent sets (such as the pool house & pool) inside two sound stages (27 & 28) at the north end of the studio, near Rosecrans. These two stages back up against a small shopping center on the west side (the center contains an upscale market named Bristol Farms and a good restaurant named Houston's), and if you peek around the east end of that center, you can see the back of Stage 27 (its number is painted on the wall).
(So, are you
curious why there is a Stage 28 when there are only 14 sound stages on
the lot? It's because Raleigh runs another, older studio in Hollywood,
and their first 14 numbered sounds stages are on that Hollywood lot - so
they started numbering the new stages at Manhattan Beach at #15.)
As well as filming
inside the sound stages, quite a few scenes have been shot very close to
the studio. (No reason to travel far from home when you can film
in your own back yard...) For example:
Here is a map link to the studio.
Here is a link to my Seeing-Stars page about the studio.
And here is a link to the studio's official website.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
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