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Poverty Row & Gower Gulch

Poverty Row and Gower Gulch History and Photos

Early Movie Studios

Poverty Row was a slang term used in Hollywood from the late 1920s and  referred to a variety of small (and mostly short-lived movie studios. While many of them were on  Sunset Blvd., near Gower St. in Hollywood, the term did not necessarily refer to any specific physical location, but was rather a figurative catch-all for low-budget films produced by these lesser-tier studios.

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By the mid-twenties, scores of small, independent studios were operating in Hollywood, primarily on Sunset Boulevard near Gower Street.  These studios struggled to exist by making one and two reel comedies, westerns, comedies and dramas.  Because of the fierce competition, the uncertainty of having their films distributed and the difficulty of making a profit, these...

POVERTY ROW & GOWER GULCH

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POVERTY ROW & GOWER GULCH

By the mid-Twenties, scores of small independent studios were operating in Hollywood, primariiy on Sunset Boulevard near Gower Street. These studios struggled to exist by making one and two reel comedies, westerns and dramas. Because of the fierce competition, uncertainty of having their films distributed, and the difficulty of making a profit, the small stuclios went out of businaas as quickly as they were conceived. The high mortality" rate of the independent studios caused this area of Hollywood to become...