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Burbank, Ca.- Media Capital of the World
by Howard Giske

Burbank, Ca.- Media Capital of the World

Burbank Ca. is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. It is a city of 100,000 people and headquarters of many media operations. Billed as the "Media Capital of the World", many media and entertainment companies are headquartered or have significant production facilities in Burbank, including NBC Universal, Walt Disney and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Burbank has a small town feel, and yet is only minutes away from Hollywood. It even has its own airport, the Bob Hope Airport, which is the second largest commercial airport in Los Angeles County. Despite the years of jokes of shows "live from beautiful downtown Burbank", it really is a lovely city, and it's worthwhile to check out Burbank homes. Burbank has its own facilities, police department, school district and local government. For the LA area, public transport is quite good, with 50 trains each day connecting Downtown Burbank to the Burbank Airport, Downtown LA and the Antelope Valley. In fact, you are linked to the entire Metropolitan Transit Authority network. There are also numerous Los Angeles MTA buses available to various locations in the LA metropolitan area.

Not only is there a lot of media production going on in Burbank, but you can also watch a lot of movies. The Downtown Burbank AMC movie screens include 30 movie screens. That can keep you busy for a while. Then on East Magnolia, there is the Media City Center, home to movies and a mall. Look for stores like GAP, Bombay Company, Bath & Body Works, IKEA, Barnes & Noble, California Pizza Kitchen and Virgin Megastore. Plus, Media City Center offers 14 AMC Theater screens.

A predominantly upper-middle class community, Burbank is home to many employees of the motion picture and television studios. At the Los Angeles Equestrian center in Burbank, the Royal Horse Show takes place, on 75 landscaped acres. There is also, at the Center, the Cottage and Garden Courtyard on Hunt Field, which is a lot of lawn. The site is a perfect place for beautiful outdoor weddings, which is easy to do since rain is seldom seen in Burbank except sometimes in the winter months.

Upscale businesses and eateries can be found in the Burbank Village shopping district. Sport facilities are plentiful and tennis players will enjoy the great courts located in the Burbank area. At the open air Starlight Bowl, concerts are celebrated during holidays like the Fourth of July, Independence Day, with patriotic music and fireworks. Other performers appear hear from classical to boogie-down music.

Burbank has a history of air-flight and defense developments which is on display at the Burbank Aviation Museum. It's dedicated to the memories of the great aircraft builders and pilots of the San Fernando Valley and the Lockheed-Burbank Company and the hundreds of other manufacturers of the area. Or come to the Historical Society's Gordon R. Howard Museum where you can see exhibits from Disney, Warner Bros, NBC, and Lockheed.

For visitors and locals, a VIP Studio tour of Warner Brothers studios is a must-see. Groups of 12 are loaded on electric carts for a very candid view of backstage action at production studios, including soundstages, sets and craft shops. The tour ends at the Warner Bros. Museum, which is featuring an exhibit commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the commercial use of television.

About the Author

Howard Giske writes about Burbank real estate and nationwide real estate at http://millionsaver.com

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