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  • Filming The Ghastly Love of Johnny X at Ray-Art Studios in 2004
  • Filming The Ghastly Love of Johnny X at Ray-Art Studios in 2004

For the first 6 seasons of Charmed (1998-2004) the interior of the Halliwell Manor was filmed and located at The Ray Art Studios on 6625 Variel Avenue, Cangoa Park, Los Angeles on one of six sound stages at the studio. But, in 2004 the studio was sold and demolished so production had to move. The set then moved to stage 14 at Paramount Studios 5555 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles for the remainder of the series.


Originally built by Rockwell North American Aviation in the 1960's, the plant was then bought by shampoo manufacturers Redken. After some damage in the 1994 earthquake, the potential of the 189,000 sq.ft. facility for TV/film production was spotted by producers Bob Papazian and James Hirsch. After a short period as an indoor baseball training facility, Ray-Art Studios were born in 1997.

  • 1997 - Ray-Art Studios opened, with four sound stages and 90,000 sq.ft. office space.
  • 1998 - A loan was provided to retrofit the studio buildings to make them more Earthquake-resistant, following the Northridge Earthquake.
  • 2000 - As part of a $10-million expansion, Ray-Art Studios opened a sixth sound stage, on what was a parking lot behind the Variel Avenue studio, just north of Warner Center (seen bottom right of above aerial photo).
  • April 2000 - Website created.
  • January 2001 - Air Hollywood is launched as a joint venture with Ray-Art Studios, to offer a 28,000 sq.ft. facility with standing sets of an airport terminal, security gates, ticketing and concourse areas, and jets and helicopters. The location of this facility is 13240 Weidner Street, Pacoima, Los Angeles.
  • August 2001 - The 8,000 sq.ft. floating backlot that was home to Nash Bridges before it was cancelled by CBS was relocated temporarily from San Francisco Pier 39 to Long Beach, and became part of Ray-Art Studios.
  • 2003 - Ray Art Studios is sold by James Hirsch and Bob Papazian.
  • 2004 - The Ghastly Love of Johnny X films scenes on Ray-Art's backlot, making it the last production to work at the studio before it closes.
  • 2004-2006 - The studio buildings are demolished and the site is cleared, as a new block of residences is constructed, complete with large central swimming pool.
  • June 2006: The domain name expired and has not been renewed.
  • 2007 - The facility has been completely demolished and is now residential. No evidence of the studio remains.

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