The wrecking ball is set to fall on several historic TV houses, including the one used in the ’60s sitcom “Bewitched” and the ’70s musical series “The Partridge Family,” and Marvel’s retro “WandaVision” location. , confirmed TheWrap.
According to a source at Warner Bros. Ranch who spoke to TheWrap, demolition is slated for sometime this summer.
Warner Bros. took over ownership from Columbia Pictures in 1990. Among the many movie shows that have been shot on the street are “American Beauty”, “Lethal Weapon”, “Christmas” National Lampoon’s Vacation”, “Pleasantville”, while the shows TV shows include “Father Knows Best,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Eight is Enough,” “The Middle,” “Young Sheldon” and “Animal Kingdom,” according to IMDb.
The houses on the tree-lined street and the time capsule, as well as the nearby park, swimming pool and brownstone facades, will be leveled and paved over to make way for 16 new sound stages, offices and parking lot. Warner Bros. sold the property to Worthe Real Estate Group and Stockbridge Real Estate Fund in 2019 and will return there when the $500 million redevelopment is complete in 2025.
The famous fountain used during the opening of “Friends” has been moved from the park to the main ground of Warner Bros. in 2022 and is now part of the studio tour.
Jeff Nagler, chairman of Warner Bros. Worldwide Studio Operations, told the LA Daily News in 2021 that the company “continues to improve our state-of-the-art studios and full-service offerings for our productions and partners is a key priority for our company, and the new Ranch Lot development will certainly fulfill this objective in the Los Angeles area.
Jeff Worthe, chairman of Worthe Real Estate Group, described the development to the Daily News as “the largest studio development in the country” at 926,000 square feet.