Peek Inside Frank Sinatra’s Ultimate Hollywood Bungalow / by Ilana Spiegel

Hollywood bungalows—immortalized in The Doors’ rock anthem “L.A. Woman”—have long been the kind of exclusive hideaways the A-List favor. With their open and airy feel, bungalows colonized the Southern California landscape in the 1900s, around the same time that the concept of the movie star was invented. The first film studio even set up shop in a five-room version on Sunset Boulevard, leaving the history of cinema and bungalows forever intertwined. Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh lived together in a bungalow while filming the epic love story Gone With the Wind, while Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy attempted to keep their affair discreet by rendezvousing in one at The Beverly Hills Hotel. And then there’s another type of bungalow, perhaps not as obviously romantic, but just as legendary: the kind that houses a film production company on a studio backlot. These ultimate bungalows signal the greenlight power of their habitués—like director and producer Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment, located in building 95 at Warner Bros. studio.

In this video, Ratner gives Vanity Fair an intimate look inside what is arguably one of the preeminent Hollywood bungalows, guaranteed to excite fanboys and cinephiles alike. While a backlot’s massive soundstages and fake streets are often mythicized, production offices are the creative hubs where scripts are tweaked and the impossible task of getting a movie made is actually realized. Take RatPac. Ratner moved into his bungalow four years ago, when producerJoel Silver (The Matrix Trilogy) moved out. The company he co-founded with billionaire James Packer has developed an impressive slate of films, includingThe Revenant—last year’s Best Motion Picture Drama winner at the Golden Globes—and this fall’s Rules Don’t Apply, directed by Warren Beatty. Upcoming releases under the RatPac Documentary Films banner include By Sidney Lumetand One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich and the Lost American Film,among others.

A self-described film buff, Ratner keeps the forever-Hollywood theme going in his office décor, where he pays homage to the bungalow’s first chairman of the board and original Rat Packer: Frank Sinatra. Built by Warner Bros. for Sinatra in 1963 on what was once a plot of farmland, the bungalow remains a mid-century modern gem with swank touches like a stocked bar that could quench Dean Martin’s thirst for years, and a display of Ol’ Blue Eyes’s bulging typewritten phone book. Past occupants of the bungalow include a red-carpet’s worth of Hollywood royalty—Sidney Poitier, Barbra Streisand, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, and producer Richard Donner(best known for 1978’s Superman).

There’s an indelible charm in this cinematic hallowed ground, from the cavernous bathroom where Sinatra likely shvitzed (and maybe crooned a saloon song or two) to the proximity of Ratner’s backlot neighbors—actor Bradley Cooper and director Todd Phillip’s company is also on the lot. Take a look around, as Jim Morrison sang, and see which way the wind blows in this Hollywood bungalow.