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Movie Studios

by Anissa Di Vincente

Movie studios, including Thomas Ince Studios, Hal Roach Studios, MGM, Selznick Intl. and Sony Pictures, play a starring role in our local history.  The Archive contains multiple file drawers full of catalogued, historic studio 8×10 photos.  These include pressbooks, set photos, star photos and publicity/marketing photos.   In addition, important events are pictured, such as “key-to-the-city presentation awards with studio heads and entertainment celebrities.

Also on exhibit is a sterling silver serving tray presented to Thomas Ince by grateful employees as a Christmas present in 1922 and used at his private events.  Displays of memorable movie icons who created their reputations in our city include Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy.

Section from the museum