Researcher and author Dave McGowan has unearthed a tightly held guarded secret for quite some time in his ongoing series, "Inside the LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation." While digging around the history of the odd birth of the sixties' music scene in LA when none had existed before with it's constant revelations of celebrities tied to US military intelligence and CIA, he found out about a secret CIA movie studio...
"What would become known as Lookout Mountain Laboratory was originally envisioned as an air defense center. Built in 1941 and nestled in two-and-a-half secluded acres off what is now Wonderland Park Avenue, the installation was hidden from view and surrounded by an electrified fence. By 1947, the facility featured a fully operational movie studio. In fact, it is claimed that it was perhaps the world's only completely self-contained movie studio. With 100,000 square feet of floor space, the covert studio included sound stages, screening rooms, film processing labs, editing facilities, an animation department, and seventeen climate-controlled film vaults. It also had underground parking, a helicopter pad and a bomb shelter.
Over its lifetime, the studio produced some 19,000 classified motion pictures - more than all the Hollywood studios combined (which I guess makes Laurel Canyon the real 'motion picture capital of the world'). Officially, the facility was run by the U.S. Air Force and did nothing more nefarious than process AEC footage of atomic and nuclear bomb tests. The studio, however, was clearly equipped to do far more than just process film. There are indications that Lookout Mountain Laboratory had an advanced research and development department that was on the cutting edge of new film technologies. Such technological advances as 3-D effects were apparently first developed at the Laurel Canyon site. And Hollywood luminaries like John Ford, Jimmy Stewart, Howard Hawks, Ronald Reagan, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney and Marilyn Monroe were given clearance to work at the facility on undisclosed projects. There is no indication that any of them ever spoke of their work at the clandestine studio.
The facility retained as many as 250 producers, directors, technicians, editors, animators, etc., both civilian and military, all with top security clearances - and all reporting to work in a secluded corner of Laurel Canyon. Accounts vary as to when the facility ceased operations. Some claim it was in 1969, while others say the installation remained in operation longer. In any event, by all accounts the secret bunker had been up and running for more than twenty years before Laurel Canyon's rebellious teen years, and it remained operational for the most turbulent of those years.
The existence of the facility remained unknown to the general public until the early 1990s, though it had long been rumored that the CIA operated a secret movie studio somewhere in or near Hollywood. Filmmaker Peter Kuran was the first to learn of its existence, through classified documents he obtained while researching his 1995 documentary, Trinity and Beyond
. And yet even today, some 15 years after its public disclosure, one would have trouble finding even a single mention of this secret military/intelligence facility anywhere in the 'conspiracy' literature."
Reading this part of Dave's story brought back something I haven't thought of in quite some time. While working in US intelligence in Europe quite some time ago for a myriad of civilian and military intelligence clients, before taking the red pill, we produced video briefings in our studio for the typical alphabet criminals stateside as well as for their European, Middle Eastern, Asian and African offices of importance. Since we had the equipment, one of the services we offered was tape duplication. Some of those tapes were highly classified CIA training tapes to keep clandestine services abreast of the latest spying techniques. Those tapes were narrated and demonstrated by none other than Charleton Heston, Moses himself. Now this is just an assumption on my part, well-informed speculation yes, but it would make since due to the proximity of Chuck to the CIA movie studio and the voluminous library of videos he starred in that these were produced at the Lookout Mountain facility. Hmmm...