Vitagraph smokestack and site of original entrance to Vitagraph Company studio to on Locust and

Midwood Before Hollywood

Vitagraph smokestack and site of original entrance to Vitagraph Company studio to on Locust and

New York, Brooklyn, New York 11211, United States

Created By: Slouch Productions

Point of Interest Details

Here is the where the original Locust Ave enrance was.

By 1908, Vitagraph directors were producing eight films a week, mostly one and two-reelers cast from the studio's stock company of four hundred players. Major stars included Florence Turner (the "Vitagraph Girl", one of the world's first movie stars), Maurice Costello (the first of the matinee idols), Jean (the "Vitagraph Dog" and the first animal star of the Silent Era) and John Bunny, who became one of the most popular comedians in the world, predating Charlie Chaplin. In 1910 a number of movie houses showed the five parts of the Vitagraph serial The Life of Moses consecutively (a total length of almost 90 minutes), making it one of many to claim the title of "the first feature film." In 1911, Vitagraph produced the first aviation film, The Military Air-Scout with stunt fliers. Smith sold the company to Warner Brothers in 1925.


The original 1906 Vitagraph smokestack is still standing 110 years later! Look up!! VITAGRAPH is inlaid in bricks on the side facing the elevated train line.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Midwood Before Hollywood


 

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