How can you go wrong with a place called the Hand Prop Room? Even if you’re that rare individual who doesn’t need a hand prop every now and then, this 30,000-square-foot warehouse and rental facility in Venice delivers on all the items you could possibly hold … in your hands The Hand Prop Room has helped stage films such as The Last Samurai (2003), The Aviator (2004), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and the Pirates of the Caribbean series. And with more than a million items “on hand,” it’s not just about the small stuff. Here, you can find midcentury props, baby strollers, parasols, books, medical antiques, bones, currency and prop food. In addition, the store has a research library as well as graphics and custom-manufacturing departments, and since the place is a federally licensed firearms dealer, there’s even an arsenal. 5700 Venice Blvd., Mid-City. (323) 931-1534, —Tanja M. Laden

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