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.
space. Chaplin thought about the construction of this studio very much and was happy to include a swimming pool, located north of the property room. (Published by M. Kashower Company.) CHAPLIN GOLD. Here is a view of the lot looking east with the mountain set for The Gold Rush bursting out from the center of the studio in 1925. Chaplin wrote in his autobiography that he came up with the idea for the film while eating breakfast with Douglas Fairbanks at the home he shared with Mary Pickford,
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
Frank Capra directed his finest films on this lot, and Rita Hayworth never looked more beautiful than when she worked here. Eight RADIO AND TELEVISION KMTR. Two broadcast rooms for KMTR were located in the Hollywood Storage Company Building on Melrose Avenue in the 1920s. This is an interior view of the radio station owned and operated by C. C. Julian. KMTR later moved to a new facility, a Spanish hacienda-style building, on Cahuenga Boulevard. NBC BUILDING. The National Broadcasting Company
aren’t physically in the city of Hollywood. As stated earlier, Hollywood isn’t just a place, it’s anywhere where a high standard is represented; therefore, the movie studios in those areas are indeed Hollywood studios through and through. There is a filmmaking term lighting technicians and grips use to describe the act of hand-holding something while the camera is moving: to “Hollywood” something. It means to use finesse and try to obtain seamless perfection. If a line of rope is dropped out of
Burbank had 50 structures on the lot, including several more stages. Stage 21, completed in 1940 for Michael Curtiz’s The Sea Hawk, was called the “Maritime” stage because it held a huge tank and had a submersible floor. When it came time to move The Albatross, the main ship set, they had to drive it through the back lot to get it onto the stage. (Published by Longshaw Card Company.) WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES, INC. The roofs of the stages resemble terra-cotta tiling in this early-1950s card. In