Former Walt Disney Animation Company in Los Feliz Now Houses Photocopy Shop, Skateboard Boutique

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The Kingswell Building in Los Feliz now houses a photocopy shop and a skateboard boutique, but it was once home to the original offices of Walt Disney’s fledgling animation company. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

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Marine Ter-Pogosyan often senses the presence of a Hollywood legend in her Los Feliz photocopy shop.

“My customers, they ask me, ‘Do you see the ghost of Walt Disney?’ And I say, ‘Yeah, every day I feel it,'” Ter-Pogosyan said. “He is always here. And he is very happy.”

If the Walt Disney Co. founder’s spirit were to surface in any locale, this spot makes sense: Ter-Pogosyan’s Extra Copy and a neighboring tattoo parlor and skateboard shop are housed in space that once served as the original offices of Disney’s fledgling animation company.

From 1923 to 1926, the Disney Bros. Studio was headquartered at the Kingswell Building at Vermont and Kingswell avenues. These modest storefronts, adjacent to a commercial strip lined with vintage clothing boutiques and ethnic restaurants, lay claim to being the birthplace of the world’s largest entertainment company.

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