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1908 DTLA Loft/Studios-Spectacular Urban Setting

Make It Happen Studios is a huge, versatile 3 story brick building built in 1908, located in the center of Downtown LA, just blocks away from the fashion district, the Arts district, Little Tokyo, Skid Row, and the Historic District. Located at 300 E. 5th St., the building was built in 1908, and is the site of the original Hard Rock Cafe. Some of the attributes of 300 E. 5th St. include over 30,000 sq ft. of private, usable space, plenty of natural light, 12 separate rooms of unique, quality looks, a 7000 sq ft basement, a full service music studio, a large photo studio, 2 full size bathrooms, 2 stairwells, 14' ceilings, a private elevator, and a private rooftop, complete with spectacular 360 degree views of Downtown LA. Our clients instantly feel at home as soon as they walk in to this authentic, versatile, unpretentious, one of a kind compound of artistry, deep in tradition, and full of artistic spirit that dates back over the past 111 years . Built out for your comfort as well as maximum safety and security in mind, there are multiple levels within the confines that go above and beyond your average location to ensure that your shoot is not only looking great, but that you and your crew are comfortable and able to focus on your craft and creativity. It is the perfect spot to create as this hidden gem can be used multiple times without ever having to duplicate the same look or set. The gritty, urban vibe on the outside is authentic and real. Also, there are NO noise restrictions. Along with an ultra caring professional staff, we also have plenty of extra amenities to offer as well, including set decorations, furniture, lighting, musical instruments, pro audio gear, multi-track recording/mixing facilities, washer/dryer, full kitchen, and much more! Some other interesting facts about this location: In 1968, while walking to the Morrison Hotel, (the imminent location of the scheduled Album Cover photo shoot bearing the same name), Jim Morrison and The Doors, thirsty for a beer, stumbled into the local Downtown dive bar, Hard Rock Cafe. While at HRC , Morrison Hotel album photographer, Henry Diltz, spontaneously whipped out his camera and started taking photos, while the band began drinking and mingling with the locals. Great shots were captured, and eventually became the iconic gatefold and back album cover for their classic album, Morrison Hotel. In the 80's, Michael Jackson shot a majority of the music video, BEAT IT, here. It went on to become one of the most successful and influential music videos of all time.

Category and style

Concert/Entertainment Venue, Event Space, Dance/Fitness/Gym, Gallery, Office, Warehouse



Private parking for 3 cars

Truck / motorhome on site parking: On property, Street

Available parking lot or parking structure nearby

Permit zone

Address most likely falls into the following permit zone: Los Angeles. Please confirm with the host.
Giggster offers in-house permit coordination services for certain projects. Call (323) 544-4600 to inquire about pricing or visit our FAQ section to learn more.

Location details

Property size (sq ft):
25000 sq ft


Air Conditioning
Hair/Makeup area


High Ceiling
Dining Hall/Cafeteria
Fire Escape
Studio Space/Equipment
Screen Doors
Wood Doors
Dark Wood Floor
Tiles Floor
Creative Space/Startup
Dated/50's-60's-70's Building
City View
Rooftop View
Brick Walls
Colored Walls
Concrete Walls
Mural Wall
Stone Walls
Texture Walls
White Walls
Converted Warehouse
Industrial Warehouse
Hinged/Casement Windows
Sash/Up And Down/Hung Windows
Slider Windows

Restricted Areas

two private rooms

Crew access

Street Level
Wheelchair / Handicap Access
Featured Reviews
Clark J.
2 years ago
Hey - This is an amazing space. Not many like it in LA. Michael is super accommodating, great to work with. Our client loved the space. And the fact that it has so much music, LA, and fashion history surrounding it. It does have very limited parking on site so for bigger jobs have to do a bit of juggling. But a couple blocks away has large lots that can accommodate hundreds. Will be back here for sure.
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