Scranton Business Park from”The Office”Apr 22nd, 2010 | By Lindsay | Category: The Office Filming Locations
The one filming location that fellow stalker Lavonna was absolutely NOT getting on a plane back to Cincinnati without stalking last week was the Van Nuys building which stands in for Scranton Business Park, where the Pennsylvania branch of Dunder Mifflin, Inc. Paper Company is located, each week on the hit television series The Office. And, even though, I have yet to watch even one episode of the show, because I know how popular The Office is with my fellow stalkers, I jumped at the chance to tag along with her to see the location for myself. I should explain here that Lavonna is an absolute MASTER STALKER! Honestly, Lindsay Blake has got nothing on her! In fact, she’s even taught me a thing or two! Lavonna comes out to Hollywood at least once a year for a stalking vacation and her trips are centered solely around visiting filming locations, touring movie studios, and attending television and talk show tapings. A typical L.A. vacation day for her begins at around 8 a.m. with the taping of a television show, which is followed up with the taping of yet another show at around 2 p.m., with a few stops in between at various filming locations and movie studios. She starts stalking at the crack of dawn and doesn’t stop until night falls. A woman after my own heart, I swear! She really should be a Hollywood travel agent, cause, let me tell you, she knows how to do this city right!
Back in January, Lavonna posted a challenge on my site asking readers to track down the Scranton Business Park building where Dwight (aka Rainn Wilson), Jim (aka John Krasinksi) and Pam (aka Jenna Fischer) report to work each morning. And, lo and behold, just a few days later, a fellow stalker identifying himself as “Snidley Whiplash” – which just so happens to be the name of the villain in the Dudley Do-Right cartoon series – responded with a list of numerous Office locations, including the building Lavonna so badly wanted to see. As it turns out the building is actually a part of Chandler Valley Center Studios, the very studio where The Office is filmed. So, bright and early this past Friday morning, Lavonna, her daughter, Melissa, her friend, Debbie, and I headed out to Van Nuys to do a little “Scranton” stalking. Randomly enough, a few fellow stalkers had actually emailed me prior to Lavonna’s visit to let me know about their experiences stalking The Office set. Most of them had been extremely lucky during their stalk and not only met some of the cast members, but got to take photographs with them, as well. I was hoping we might have the same sort of luck, but, sadly, the series’ had wrapped its Sixth Season two weeks prior and no cast member were on the lot while we were there.
There was a security guard on duty manning the front gate while we were there, though, and she TRULY could NOT have been nicer to us! Not only did she let us take all of the pictures of the studio that we wanted, but she also spent a good twenty minutes speaking with us and answering all of our silly questions about the cast and the filming of The Office. And, best of all, she even pointed us in the direction of the bar/arcade which appeared in the Season 6 episode of the show entitled “Happy Hour” – a location which Lavonna had feverishly been searching for before her visit. But I’ll save that story for tomorrow’s post. (Please excuse the craptastic screen captures pictured above – I downloaded one episode of The Office off of iTunes and, wouldn’t you know, it was an episode which only featured nighttime shots of Scranton Business Park. Ugh!)
I had also heard from a few fellow stalkers that several “Dunder Mifflin, Inc.” and “Vance Refrigeration” signs were posted on the exterior of the Chandler Valley Center Studios building, but, sadly, they had all been removed two weeks prior when filming wrapped. The only Office decor left over from the filming that we could see while we were stalking the place were the parking signs for Bob Vance(aka Robert R. Shafer), president of Vance Refrigeration, and Michael Scott (aka Steve Carell), regional manager of Dunder Mifflin, Inc. Paper Company. And, even though I don’t watch the show, it was incredibly exciting to see those two signs! I can’t tell you how cool I think it is that they are visible to the public!
When I told fellow stalker Owen about Friday’s Office stalking adventures, he sent me a bunch of photographs of the studio that he had taken back in September of 2008 while he was visiting the Los Angeles area with his brother. As you can see in the above pictures, when the show is not on hiatus, the “Scranton Business Park” and “Dunder Mifflin, Inc.” signs are out in full force! So darn cool! I’m so going to have to go back to stalk the studio again once The Office starts filming next season!
Owen also snapped some pictures of Michael’s office window, which is shown quite frequently on the series . . .
. . . and Dwight’s Trans-Am, which he spotted right out in front of the Scranton Business Park building.
The interior of the Scranton Business Park building actually houses The Office production offices. The soundstage where the interior Office scenes are filmed can be found directly next door and just due west of Scranton Business Park.
I honestly can’t recommend stalking Chandler Valley Center Studios enough! I don’t even watch The Office and I was still incredibly excited to be seeing Scranton Business Park in person. But what made our experience extra-special was the super friendly security guard. I can’t tell you how much fun stalking can be when the people working on the set are nice! Love it!
Big THANK YOU to Owen for letting me post his Office stalking pictures on my site and to “Snidley Whiplash” for telling me the location of the Scranton Business Center!
Until next time, Happy Stalking!
Stalk It: Scranton Business Park from The Office, aka Chandler Valley Center Studios, is located at 13927 Saticoy Street in Van Nuys.