New from Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series is Early Universal City by local author Robert S. Birchard. In over 200 vintage photographs, Robert shares the history of the area dating back to the early 1900s.
Known as much today for its theme park, Universal City is also the largest and the longest continuously operating movie studio in “Hollywood.” The Universal Film Manufacturing Company was formed by a dozen independent producers in 1912, and Universal City was designed to provide a single facility in which to make their films.
Since its official opening on March 15, 1915, Universal City has served as a training ground for great directors such as John Ford, William Wyler, and James Whale and as home to stars like Hoot Gibson, Deanna Durbin, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Sr. and Jr., and Tom Mix. This evocative volume explores the studio that brought The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Dracula (1930), Frankenstein (1931), and 100 Men and a Girl (1936) to the screen.
Highlights of Early Universal City:
• Features over 200 rare photos, many never published before
• Reveals the little-known fact that there were two Universal Cities
• Explores the origins and rise to success of one of Hollywood’s great motion picture studios
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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