San Fernando

Our L.A. Studio

Beatles records were once made here...

If you find an asterisk about the size of a pencil eraser stamped on your Capitol Records vinyl, it was pressed in our building on San Fernando sometime between 1947 and 1960. Each of Capitol's pressing plants used a custom stamp, and anything once pressed within our walls - said to include the Beatles, Beach Boys, Nat King Cole, and other artists - got a six-pointed star.

Originally the building was a c. 1923 lumber shed, expanded with a streamline moderne addition by the Hemphill Diesel Engineering School in 1936. The front of the building still features an Art Deco frieze that pays homage to diesel engines.