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Sunday April 14th 2024

White Christmas | 1954

No, there is no such place as 'Pine Tree, Vermont'. In fact, not a frame of the film was shot in New England. The Christmas favourite was filmed almost entirely on the Paramount studio lot in Hollywood, that's the place with the famous Bronson Gate at 5353 Melrose Avenue.

Don't be too disappointed, as I was when I first visited Los Angeles, to discover that the studio has expanded – and the gate can now only be seen from a distance.

See more on the Paramount Studio Tour. You can park (for $20) at Visitor Parking Lot A, across the street from the Paramount Pictures Tour Center at the corner of Melrose Avenue and Windsor Boulevard.

I said "almost entirely", because 'Pine Tree' train station used the standing station set on the 20th Century-Fox backlot over toward West Los Angeles, which had rail lines and its own trains,

The financial disaster of Cleopatra saw 20th Century-Fox sell of its backlot in 1961. Although the studio itself remains, the Century City complex now stands on the site of the old lot.

You can see the Fox's 'Train Station' set on Variety's site (the sixth photo).