08 March 2013

You Oughta Be in Pictures

Hollywood Boulevard has its share of phony store signs that reference different films or pieces of Disney history. One of the real shops, Keystone Clothiers has always occupied that second block of Hollywood Boulevard, on the left-hand side of the street just past the intersection of Hollywood and Vine. However, when the park first opened, it wasn’t the only occupant of this space. It shared its shopping footprint with two other niche merchandise experiences, one of which is still represented in the park, but could easily be mistaken as another false storefronts.

Of the two other shops to live in or around Keystone Clothiers, the first was Lakeside News which featured “Hollywood’s best selection of comic books.” It would eventually transition into a stand for magazines, candy, and small souvenirs in the early 1990s before closing entirely after a few short years. The space it occupied eventually became Peevy’s Polar Pipeline.

The other establishment to occupy this corner of Disney-MGM Studios in 1989 was Sights and Sounds. Sponsored by the music production company, Selah Productions, this souvenir experience gave guests the opportunity to put themselves on film. At Sights and Sounds guests had to opportunity to star in and record their own music video. The videotaped could be taken home and shown to all of your family and friends, or buried in your backyard never to see the light of day again.

Sights and Sounds only last a couple of years before being taken over by Keystone Clothiers. The sign for the souvenir music video shop, however, still remains. Featuring a curvaceous redhead belting out the tagline, “You Oughta Be in Pictures,” the sign is tucked away around the corner of the building and can best be seen from Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner, as trees tend to obstruct the view from Hollywood Boulevard.


manx27 said...

I actually worked at both locations in the early 90s! Back when it was a comic book stand, I told my supervisors we should get more Marvel super hero merchandise...they said it wasn't popular enough.

Terri said...

Oh my goodness! I found this one because I was googling "Sights & Sounds" at MGM. I should've known all I'd have to do is ask Ryan and he would know what I was talking about. Recently, I've been converting all my old VHS tapes to DVD format and lo & behold we came across the video that I made at Sights & Sounds in Oct. 1989! I was trying to find what exactly the place was called. (I guess I didn't trust the "Sights & Sounds" stamp on my actual VHS box but I digress.) I'm so glad I found this article!! That video sent my kids and a bunch of others that are not mine into gales of laughter because I was really trying to look serious in this video. They laughed most because my hair was so classically huge (80s) and I had enough hairspray that when I threw my head back, my hair didn't move. Just glad I can look at your pic and remember where this momentous occasion happened!