Scientologists Buy Hollywood Studio

Organization snaps up historic Sunset Boulevard site
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2011 2:19 AM CDT
Scientologists Buy Hollywood Studio
A dormitory at the Church of Scientology’s Golden Era Productions in San Jacinto, Calif., currently the organization's main video and multimedia production facility.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Whether or not you want to see more movies based on L. Ron Hubbard's writings—and most critics who saw Battlefield: Earth would sooner go blind—Scientologists now have the facilities to make them. The controversial organization has bought a landmark movie studio in Hollywood from a struggling public television station, reports the Telegraph.

The 5-acre site on Sunset Boulevard has been owned by Monogram Pictures and Allied Artists, and has produced blockbusters like El Cid, starring Charlton Heston, and John Ford's The Hurricane. The site adds to Scientology's already large capacity to create films and television. The organization says it plans to use the studio as a media hub connecting its thousands of centers worldwide. (Read more Scientology stories.)

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