Hollywood Studios (CA) (Postcard History Series)
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Just after the turn of the 20th century, the motion picture industry moved to the West Coast, and the largest land of make-believe was created in Hollywood, California. From the silent-era beginnings of primitive, open-air stages to the fabled back lots of the studios' heyday, Hollywood Studios presents a bygone era of magical moviemaking in rare postcards. Assembled from the author's private collection, these images from the Chaplin Studios to Metro-Goldwyn Mayer depict an insider's look back at the dream factories known as the Hollywood studios.
constant is the Hollywood studio mind-set. Hollywood is not only a geographical place on the map of the world, but an idea and frame of mind. There is something that happens in a Hollywood studio that evokes brilliance, serendipity, and nostalgia all at once. It’s been a magic carpet ride for me, and I’ve been working in this town and all over the world for the last 17 years. No other place has as much talent and as many technicians dedicated to the entertainment industry as Hollywood. It is here
that film, television, and radio studios thrive at the highest level of expertise. There isn’t another place on earth with as many studios for radio, television, and film concentrated in one place as Hollywood and Los Angeles County. The precise year of the first movie set in Los Angeles has been in question for decades, but many believe that it was in Downtown Los Angeles in 1908 behind a Chinese laundry shop for Selig Polyscope. The movie studios in the San Fernando Valley and Culver City
production because a handful of studios were all within a few blocks of each other. (Published by C. T. Art-Colortone.) NBC RADIO CITY, HOLLYWOOD. Here is a view looking east at the newly built NBC Radio City Building. North of the building is the Otto K. Olesen Company Limited, located where Paramount Pictures once had stages and production offices. Olesen was founded in 1905 and has provided theatrical equipment and supplies since 1906. (Published by Frashers Inc.) SUNSET AND VINE. This is an
factories roll off my tongue quickly: Carl Laemmle, Irving Thalberg, Louis B. Mayer, William Fox, Jack Warner, Harry Cohn, David O. Selznick, Darryl F. Zanuck, Adolph Zukor, Jesse Lasky, and countless others. The same thing could be said for television and radio studios where countless hours of programming were created in studios that were at one point a few blocks away from each other in the 1930s. ABC was located on Vine Street, and one block south was NBC on Sunset Boulevard. CBS was built on
Western Costume Company was down the block. Today this street is inside the Paramount lot, and the Western Costume Company building has been torn down to make room for more parking and structures at the studio. (Published by Pacific Novelty Company.) PARAMOUNT’S STUDIOS AERIAL. This early-1930s view of Paramount Studios shows the 14 soundstages and exterior sets in the back lot. Paramount covered 26 acres and eventually expanded the lot at a cost of $1 million. (Published by E. C. Kropp.)