“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” was a childhood favourite of mine. Regardless of how it has aged, the show will always be special to me for its nostalgic value. I have a particular fascination with seeing places used in movies and TV shows in person, and the show’s Command Center has been on my radar for years. During a road trip through western United States, I visited the filming location of the exteriors of the fictional hub on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
The building is called House of the Book. It’s located on the American Jewish University’s Brandeis-Bardin Campus. This trip detour was slightly unplanned. When I got there, I found out that the campus was on private property. I called the university and asked — more like pleaded — to be allowed to enter to take a few photos for a short time. The person I spoke with on the phone said tourists ask to visit the building all of the time. Eventually, I was allowed in, though I think I was rather lucky. I don’t know what the school’s policy is, but I’m sure the university requires similar requests be made far earlier in advance.
The drive up to the building took about four minutes passed the main gates. The campus was well-maintained and picturesque. Stepping out of my car and walking up to the building was surreal. The rush of memories flooding back into mental view is a feeling like no other.
I took dozens of photos and also made sure to take a few minutes to simply stare it and take it all in.
The building was closed at the time of my visit, so I cannot verify if Alpha 5 and Zordon actually exist and were inside.
If I recall correctly, there is no way to see the building from public land. Hiking a few hills at Sage Ranch Park might provide a view similar the one below but on the other side, though I’m not sure.
The building has also been featured in one of Marilyn Manson’s music videos [potentially NSFW]:
A hill on the north side of the road beside the building offered a lovely view of east Simi Valley.