Studio Sets


The pilot episode of the show was filmed in Stage 8 of what is now Red Studios at 846 North Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles.


The majority of the show was filmed at CBS Studio Center at 4024 Radford Avenue in Studio City, CA. For the first three seasons of the show, the main sets (Jerry's apartment & Monk's Cafe) were filmed in Stage 19.


As the show grew, many more sets were added forcing them to relocate to the largest stage on the lot, Stage 9. This would be the home of Seinfeld for the rest of its 9-season run.


The sets for Jerry's apartment and Monk's Cafe were put in cold storage at the Warner Brothers Museum, and later brought out for the much talked about reunion show on season 7 of Curb Your Enthusiasm. After a long restoration process, the sets were reconstructed on Stage 9 once again, though many new changes were added to "modernize" them. Jerry's apartment in particular got all new furniture and a more modern fridge and cooktop. As for what happened to them after filming, one can only speculate that they are once again being stored at Warner Brothers for future use.


After watching many of the episodes consecutively, it becomes obvious that the same section of street is used over and over again. The "New York Street" set between Stages 14 & 15 at CBS Studio Center was this street, and it was used extensively in the show to represent New York City. The interiors of many of the stores in the show were also filmed here. Basically any of the shots of the actors on the street were filmed here. The set still stands and is in use by productions today such as How I Met Your Mother. The bad news? CBS Studio Center is closed to the public and does not offer tours. However, occasionally private events rent out this set.


All of the scenes of the actors in Central Park were shot in the "Central Park" portion of the CBS backlot, located behind the "My Three Sons Street."


The "New York Street" at Paramount Studios at 5555 Melrose Avenue was also used for the show, particularly in "The Rye," as the Ross' apartment. Unlike CBS, this studio provides an excellent 2-hour tour of its facilities, which I highly recommend.

 




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