A treasure trove of movie props may disappear, and here's why

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

It may be just a pile of useless junk to the untrained eye, but to the film fanatic, it's a treasure trove.

It is the warehouse full of movie props, furniture and other memorabilia that constitutes 20th Century Props in North Hollywood, Calif. And it's going out of business next month, The New York Times reported.

The prop shop—the victim of the economic downturn, the demise of scripted programming on TV and the move of TV and film production out of Los Angeles—will have to dump or sell off such props as the futuristic shower Tom Cruise used in Minority Report, the Air Force One model from Independence Day and a piece of Arnold Schwarzenegger's chest from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

Harvey Schwartz, the owner of 20th Century Props, told the Times:

"I ran out of money three months ago, and I don't know what else to do," he said softly. "It's terrifying. I've devoted my entire life to something that is over."

The prop shop's inventory of more than 93,000 items includes the former holdings of 20th Century Fox.