Where the Golden Age of Hollywood Lives Out Its Golden Years
Retirement with a close-up.
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Retirement hasn’t hastened the creative juices of the residents at the Motion Picture Country Home. According to a recent story in Topic, on any given day, there are staged readings, studio gossip and even the operation of an in-house television channel. For the former actors, creatives and technicians who call this place home, the show does indeed go on.
Founded in 1921, The Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) is a nonprofit public-benefit corporation founded in 1921 to provide a safety net for workers in the entertainment industry. One of the primary goals is to ensure the continued support of a retirement community created specifically for former employees of the industry, along with their spouses and partners.
“Located on MPTF’s 23-acre Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills, the community currently accommodates around 230 residents ages 70 and up, and it has a unit for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia and a 40-bed long-term care facility,” shares Topic.
“The campus is both bucolic and state-of-the-art, featuring rows of cottages shaded from San Fernando Valley sun by tall trees, a network of walking paths connecting the living quarters to a health-and-wellness center, a greenhouse, and, of course, a movie theater—a 200-seat venue that plays first-run films, often introduced by their principal actors. If the facilities (excepting that movie theater) might seem typical of a high-end retirement community—though you’d be hard-pressed to find many as well outfitted as this one—the names of the buildings are not: the Jodie Foster Aquatic Pavilion, the Louis B. Mayer Theater, the John Ford Chapel. It is, unmistakably, a place with a legacy, an environment dedicated to the art form that its residents once practiced.”
Read more about this unique retirement home for one of the Golden State’s most revered industries here.
Well, the idea doesn’t suck.
Scarlett O’Hara was once a resident at this iconic location.