Movies! Moguls! Monkeys! and Murder!

This screening of early motion pictures shot in Los Angeles between 1909 and 1914 highlighted the various studios, filmmakers and locations that quickly made filmmaking in Los Angeles such a boom industry.

After shooting some location footage at a Los Angeles-area beach to insert into an otherwise stagebound “Monte Cristo” (1908), producer William Selig and director Frances Boggs realized the potential of filming in Los Angeles and opened the first permanent film studio in the Los Angeles suburb of Edendale in 1909. Their early works, along with those of several other companies that moved westward shortly thereafter, would culminate in the 1914 releases of Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Squaw Man” and Selig’s “The Spoilers,” early feature-length productions which would launch the “Hollywood” legend.

This unique evening featured archival prints representing the earliest surviving glimpses of Los Angeles as a filming location.

In conjunction with “The Los Angeles Motion Picture Studio Centennial Exhibition.”

Event Information

Wednesday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
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