Inside the Chicago, IL studios and filming stage.
In 1909 he moved west to southern California and was the first motion picture studio to open in the Los Angeles area of Edendale. Moving to the Southern California area for expansion and the favorable filming conditions available in the Los Angeles area was a master stroke and his model for the modern motion picture studio still remains as the fundamental foundation upon which all of the studios of today were built upon.
It is at this point that we should look at the movie theaters which were being built to exhibit these early silent motion pictures. These motion picture palaces were built to compete with the live theater of the day. Going to a silent motion picture in these newly constructed "movie shows" was quite a moving experience. Sound was furnished with a live orchestra and the close up intimacy of the film drew the viewer into the story like never before in a theatrical presentation. The photo below is an excellent example of the silent era "movie palace". Well, you can see and imagine what an experience it must have been in the early 20th. century!
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Paramount Studios Melrose Ave. main gate. Of all the studios in Hollywood
Paramount is the classiest. Paramount has a lot going for itself and I feel it is
the most beautiful in more ways than one!
RKO studios as pictured in it's hay day of the 1940's.
The Culver City, CA main gates of MGM. It was hard to chose one exterior of
the studio. Shown here from top left to bottom right are the working gate entrance,
Administration Bldg., studio areal view and original main gate to the studio.
Although the studio no longer is operating a studio lot and has just emerged from Chapter 11 as of 2011, MGM is primarily a distributor and promoter for films released under the MGM brand. The company seems to be reinventing itself has diversified over the years with disastrous results into Airlines and Las Vegas Hotels and Casinos. The Culver City studio is now part of Sony Pictures Group.
The original United Artist studios in Hollywood
merge on the border of Beverly Hills.
20th Century Fox
Republic studios - Studio City, CA.