Beverly Sunset

An absolute favorite store of mine in Disney's Hollywood Studios is Sweet Spells, which is located inside the Beverly Sunset Building on Sunset Boulevard, so it makes sense to take a look at this building and examine what architecture Disney's Imagineers based it on.

The Beverly Sunset building is home to three shops, Sweet Spells (a candy and snack counter), Villains in Vogue (a store that at one point was dedicated to villains merchdise) and The Scary Apthecary (a store that used to sell Halloween merchandise).  

The Beverly Sunset Building facade is based on The Warner Beverly Hills Theatre (9404 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, CA).  The Warner Beverly Hills opened on May 19, 1931 and was designed by B. Marcus Priteca.  The Warner is a classic example of art deco design and shared its design with its sister theaters in Huntington Park and San Pedro, California.

Since Sunset Boulevard is designed to be the "theater district" of Disney's Hollywood Studios, the Beverly Sunset fits right in with another building that's facade is based on a famous movie theater.

The Warner Beverly Hills Theatre also changed names numerous times, such as the Stanley Warner Beverly Hills in the 1950s, Pacific's Beverly Hills in the 1960s and The Beverly in the 1980s.  

The Warner Beverly Hills was unfortunately demolished to make way for a parking lot in 1988.

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Ever seen something in Hollywood Studios and wondered why it was placed there by Disney's Imagineers? Matt Hochberg leads you on a regular look at the hidden details in Hollywood Studios and explains why it's there.


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