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Hollywood Photos - Republic Studios

Republic Studios History

In 1927, Mack Sennett, owner of the Sennett studio in Edendale, purchased property on Ventura Blvd. and built a new studio.  It operated until 1934.  The studio was taken over by Republic Studios in 1935.

Republic Pictures doesn’t have the same stature as MGM, Paramount or Warner Brothers, but for kids who grew up watching Westerns in the 1930s and ‘40s, the Republic logo, the eagle perched on a mountaintop, was as good as gold.

One of the celebrities who will be in attendance athe 75thanniversary, is the wonderful Adrian Booth (a.k.a. Lorna Gray a.k.a. Virginia Pound). Booth played opposite everyone from the Three Stooges to John Wayne. Today she’s best remembered as the evil Arab queen Vultura who made life tough for Nyoka in the first-rate, 1942 Republic serial Perils of Nyoka.

Early Republic Studios

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Vintage Hollywood Photos - Chaplin Studios

CHAPLIN STUDIOS

Charles Spencer Chaplin began his illustrious American movie career in 1914 with the Keystone Film Company in Edendale, California.  After making several films there, he left in 1914 to accept an offer with G.M. Anderson of the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company.  He made his first three films at the Chicago Essanay studio but didn’t like it there.  He moved to Essanay’s studio in Niles, California and stayed for almost three months.  Here he made “A Night Out”, “The Champion”, “In The Park”, “A Jitney Elopement” and “The Tramp.”  He then went to Los Angeles in April to finish out his Essanay contract. The following year, in 1916, Chaplin started his own company by building the Lone Star Studio at Lillian Way and Eleanor Ave in...