In the fall of 2006, Sony Pictures unveiled an exciting renovation of one of its most historic stages - Stage 6. Famous for being the tallest stage ever built in Southern California, Stage 6 was used for many Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) musicals produced during its Golden Age, including APPLAUSE (1929), ZIEGFELD FOLLIES (1945), EASTER PARADE (1948) and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1951). With new interior office and support space, as well as an exterior face-lift that retains its Art Deco façade, Stage 6 is once again a highly functional, technologically advanced space on the historic Sony Pictures Studios lot.
Stage renovation projects are a historical fact of life in the film business and on the Sony Pictures Studios lot. As film technology changes, so too must the production spaces, as evidenced by the studio’s architectural records. Soon after Louis B. Mayer took over the executive reins of MGM in 1924, he announced plans to implement a broad expansion of its Culver City studio, necessary to accommodate an increased production slate as well as technological advancements in sound and color.