The Jim Henson Studios are located in Hollywood, and are the companies main headquarters. Jim Henson created his company and is responsible for some of the most iconic puppetry of the 20th century, including Sesame Street, The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, as well as movies like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal. Jim Henson sadly passed away in 1990, and his children currently run the privately-owned company.
The Studios were originally built in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin, to be his film studio. He owned the studio until 1952, and it was then passed through several owners over the years. There are still a couple paintings of Charlie Chaplin on the grounds.
In 2000, Jim Henson’s children bought the property and turned it into the headquarters of the Jim Henson Company. Inside the main gate, there is a courtyard leading to the various facilities. In addition to the offices, there are several sound recording studios, as well as a soundstage.
Outside the main gates, the Jim Henson Studios has added a large statue of Kermit the Frog on the top. He is dressed as Charlie Chaplin’s character of The Tramp, in a nod to the studios history.
Fans of the Muppets can see some of the original puppets on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington DC.
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