Monday, August 17, 2009
The Walt Disney Studio Commisary
When Walt and Roy Disney constructed the new studio in Burbank, they went all out. Hired one of the best designers and architects in Los Angeles, Kem Weber. Kem was known for his streamline modern design, the most famous being the "Airline" chair. Knowing that his employees would need great food, Walt had a large dining room with menu service constructed. The Walt Disney Studio was the same as the other large studios (Warner Brothers, Universal, MGM, etc.) Here is an early photo of the interior of the Walt Disney Studio Restaurant. Some of the neat design elements are the 4 waitress and bus stations in the middle of the room, the clock on the wall and the wall treatment itself. In the lower left hand corner on the table is a menu and there are placemats on other tables. In looking at the image, I can not see if the placemats were unique or more generic. The caption for this image is rather nice: The studio restaurant is a streamlined, air-conditioned building which serves excellent meals for studio employees at moderate prices. Actually Walt Disney prefers to operate it at a loss, so that his employees can have the best of foods.