I've been keen to see that film since I first heard about it. But never have managed to do it.
FWIW there's a local studio "The Clubhouse" which started up around 30 years ago, way before the Sound City movie. Old but refurbished Neve console, 24 track Studer deck, lots of kool old outboard gear some of it tube driven, superb mic collection. Amongst other things they recorded Natalie Merchant's first solo album which became a hit. They started out in a ramshackle warehouse next to riverside railroad tracks. Many a vocal track was halted because the Amtrak came whizzing through... Since then they relocated to a purpose built building which includes a real echo chamber. And located well away from ambient noisemakers.
There's another similar studio, Dreamland, in an old church just west of Kingston. Early on some Joe Jackson albums were recorded there. They closed down but didn't sell off the gear in those years home studios started to become the norm. Reopened about 10 years ago, managed by no less than Jerry Marotta. So you know the drum sounds will be killer! A favorite spot for many pro musicians who live in the Woodstock area, and beyond.
Places like Sound City & these last 2 are still around, but you have to search for them. And... despite any "good vibes" and history of churning out gold/platinum records, the talent has to be there in the musos & producers & engineers too.
Thanks for the reminder loudthud! I'll see if maybe I can score a DVD.