Ask Chris: I’m Employed at Dreamworks Animation Glendale and Hear Rumors That the Land Was an Airport. Is That True?

Our in-house historian has the answer

It’s no dream: Grand Central Air Terminal took off during the 1920s and ’30s, becoming the center of California aviation. Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes were among the pilots who made the 113-acre airport their hub. An industrial park replaced the airstrip in 1961. Your cartoon rivals at the Walt Disney Company occupy most of the former airfield, including the beautiful main terminal, which is being restored as a meeting hall.