Air Hollywood: A TV and movie set for airplanes

Air Hollywood serves as the set for many TV shows and movies with airplane scenes. Screengrab: Quartz.

Air Hollywood serves as the set for many TV shows and movies with airplane scenes. Screengrab: Quartz.

My readers probably have high standards for how airplanes should look in television and movies. You probably cringe when you see a shot that doesn't match real life, like a Boeing 737 with 10 seats across. 

But many of the airplane scenes in TV and movies are reasonably accurate. And for that, we can thank a Los Angeles-area company called Air Hollywood, which specializes exclusively in airplane-themed sets. Air Hollywood's website lists a bunch movies and programs the company has been involved in, including "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Brooklyn 99" and Bridesmaids.  The place has interior mockups for Boeing 737s, Boeing 747s, Boeing 757s and Boeing 767s.

Given that Air Hollywood is a fun, unique story, journalists often report stories from the place, which is headquartered in the San Fernando Valley. I've been there, too, for something called the Pan Am experience. This where you can have dinner on a perfect mockup of a 1970s Pan Am 747. I highly recommend that you go, even though dinner tickets now start at $295. 

This week, the business news website Quartz has discovered Air Hollywood. It has a story and video about Air Hollywood's plane sets, and it opens with an anecdote about Martin Scorsese:

When Martin Scorsese needed to shoot a scene of a drunken Leonardo DiCaprio on a jet plane for the film The Wolf of Wall Street, he could have built his own fake fuselage, or rented a 747. Of course, that would also have cost several hundred thousand dollars. So the director turned to Air Hollywood instead.

It’s a 60,000-square foot cluster of low-slung warehouses on the outskirts of LA, where filmmakers can choose from four complete airplane interiors, including cockpits, bathrooms and working galleys. There is also a fake terminal, a security gate (with a half dozen variations of admonishing TSA boarding signs) and an expansive prop room offering authentic-looking boarding passes, foil peanut bags and pretty much any item you might encounter on a real airplane. There is even a Lear Jet sitting in the parking lot.

My favorite part about the Quartz piece is a companion video, but I was not able to embed it, so you'll have to go to Quartz's website to see it.

Below is a slideshow I put together of photographs from Air Hollywood's 767s mockup. All of these photos are courtesy of Air Hollywood.

What do you think of Air Hollywood and this 767 mockup?