A Tour Of A Hollywood Prop House

by Matt on July 10, 2013

(This is an impromptu discussion of All Things Props. Feel free to check out my previous post of my own prop section. Propheads, this one’s for you).

Folks, if your world doesn’t revolve around tables, plates, napkins and wall flats then this post might not be for you. But if you do share an interest in those things we call P-R-O-P-S then you might just wanna stick around and join me on this very intesting, dusty adventure.

What started as a quest for a rustic table for a project led me down the rabbit hole of Hollywood cinema, a crowded 101 freeway and only one hooker sighting on Santa Monica.

You can’t have everything.

After filling out my paperwork and dropping it off at the office, I wandered around the never-ending warehouses of Omega Cinema Props while pretending to know each piece’s rental pedigree. Is this fence from Bonanza? Was this jukebox on Happy Days? I know this banquette was from It’s A Living, right? I mean, this is Hollywood, after all, and this is a place where set designers, studio dressers and prop masters all head to when crafting their thematic magic. And while I’ve been to some prop houses, I must say that the scale of this place left me speechless.

So I took photos!

Wanna come along?


I think about all the fake bars that are created for movies and television. And then I begin to cry thinking that these taps don’t work. So very sad.


Fancy old timey tea signs. They were beautiful!


Why yes, I will have a Sidecar. What? This is a set? Not real? Damn.


SO. MANY. THINGS.  So very many things go through my head. First, angry children throwing fits. Then, angry mannequin children throwing fits. Third, angry mannequin children throwing fits coming to kill me in the middle of the night. And then I start thinking about the movie “Tourist Trap” where the guy turns people into mannequins. Lastly, I begin to think of Kim Cattrall and Meshach Taylor who played “Hollywood” in a movie called “Mannequin.” See? I told you so many things.


After I shot this I got very sad. Why is that mannequin all dejected, sitting down? Did she say something wrong to all the pretty ones? And who lost their hand on the floor? Anyone? Anyone?


FINALLY! An empty and quiet airline waiting room!


I suppose if you need cosmetic bottles this is your place!


I discovered the grocery store section of the prop warehouse and marveled at the signage systems.


Anyone need any really beat up old pots?


Three words: FAKE CHEESE WHEELS! Without the pungent smell, of course.


Fake sausages always make me laugh. Get your mind out of the gutter.


Old cans waiting to find a temporary home in a fake grocery store or market.


What do you think is in here?


Really great old wire baskets.


Shelf stable milk. Just like Europe.


If you have hospital phobias then this area is NOT for you. Of course I loved it.


Please wait here while I grab your chart.




Just creepy! And fabulous! Freepy! Crabulous! I’ll stop.


These awesome enamel pots were next to the bed pans, which will forever make me think that I’ve been using them incorrectly since the beginning of time.


Really fantastic old surgery tools that are making my teeth hurt just looking at them.


There’s everything one could need at this prop house, including a fake ATM. I wonder if they rent fake ATM skimmers, too.


Bottles galore!


If I ever need to open a fake herbal shop I know where I’m comin’!


Is this for coffee? Or something scary? I ain’t gonna lie, it looks a bit creepy.


So many dishes for instant restaurant sets.


And baskets.


And condiments.


Well I suppose from far away…


Rubber Baked Goods. You never know.


Tons of seating and tables


For a second it was hard to remember that I wasn’t actually in a restaurant or restaurant supply shop. There was everything you’d need to make a kitchen set.


More coffee.


THIS. Omg this. It’s like Logan’s Run Coffee Shop. It’s so freaking beautiful.


A cute sign.


Dogs would love this.


Read all about it.


Plastic meat which kind of freaked me out.


Old grinders.


Lots of pots and pans!


Rows and rows of amazing tables, as far as the eye can see.


A fake kitchen for those times when you need mauvish-features.


Cute tables! I love them!


Chairs in just about every style you’d need.


I love this very sweet little chair.


I found the Gnome Section!


And lastly, I stopped by my favorite antique store on the way home and found something of my very own, this gorgeous old chest. After I stare and admire it for a bit, I’ll take it apart and put it back together as a surface to photograph on.

Or maybe stick a mannequin in it.

The end.

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kelly July 10, 2013 at 9:21 am

Thanks for the tour — who knew?! My prop fetish is sated for a while now.

alex July 10, 2013 at 10:21 am

It’s like Disney World! Literally, in that it’s full of fake stuff, freaks me out a little, and is also awesome!

Yula July 10, 2013 at 11:06 am

Real fantasy…!!!
Just the food , I want to taste ;-)

Kristina July 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

the old grinders and that… pie? scared me more than the hospital section.

I would love to spend a day in there, and I want one of those Tea with Hovis signs!!

Averie @ Averie Cooks July 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I am in awe of that place – that it exists, and that it has every imaginable prop under the sun. Wow! I wonder if they ever have garage sales open to the public! I’d wait in line all night :)

Vicki July 10, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Absolutely, mind-bogglingly amazing!
Loved the tour.
Thanks for sharing.

Carole July 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm

So neat! So organized! And it all looked pretty clean. Do you think it’s someone’s job to dust everything?

Monica @ Local Italian Plate July 12, 2013 at 6:00 am

Love love love this place. I would have been in there for days looking around. Mannequins.. love em. Creepy, but love em. Second favorite is the rubber food. Priceless.

Hannah July 12, 2013 at 10:13 am

OMG, I need to go to this Wonderland/Wailing Wall of proppy goodness! I swear, if I could go back to being 18 I would become a prop stylist. Dream job.

EyeCandyPopper July 17, 2013 at 7:51 am

Wow… those mannequins really gave me the creeps! But the rest… oh! so many things I’d like to get my hands on, like those old beat-up pots or enamel stuff, and of course, tables and chairs. That must’ve been so hard to leave without trying to steal one. At least it would’ve been for me!

Cristina July 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm

How funny. This is by far the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. That baby and those rubber pie slices kind of creep me out the most.

Karen July 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Posts like this of yours make me really, really miss So Cal. Keep it coming!

Kathryn July 20, 2013 at 9:26 am

Just found your blog through Cupcakes and Cashmere. You made me laugh and that means there will be many visits to come. Great photos and hells bells would I like to visit that prop shop!

laura August 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm

are those *real* copper pots?! i could have staying in that aisle all day!

Sherry August 28, 2013 at 11:48 am

Those aren’t bedpans, they’re wash basins. You pour the water from the pitcher into the basin. I hope you haven’t been peeing in things like that. ;)

Katie October 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

This is the creepiest most awesome post. I nearly died at your dejected mannequin comment.

M'Liss Causey December 30, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Love, love, love your tour. Great minds think alike! While I have had some experience with actual hands on props, it taught me that through creativity, you can find anything you need. You just have to look! I am fasinated with the world of props. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll own my own prop house!! Thanks again for taking us on the adventure.

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