Bronson Cave – just up Bronson Ave. and a favorite hiking canyon for many local Hancock Park area residents, is the star of the most recent installment of “Tom Explores Los Angeles.”
The short film is a nice little introduction to what most locals know as the Batcave from the original Batman series of the 1960s.
Bronson Cave was originally part of a rock quarry developed by the Union Rock Company that furnished granite stone for building Los Angeles streets in the early 1900’s. After the Great Depression, the quarry’s location, so close to Hollywood studios and known for its craggy hillsides and empty canyons, proved irresistible to filmmakers. Over 90 films and 30 television shows have been shot at the location and this episode of “Tom Explores Los Angeles” shows many clips from those films, including many B horror movies, and a whole slew of horseback-riding, gun-slinging westerns.
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