Thursday, October 6, 2011

Florida History: South Florida's Studio City a Hollywood rival?

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By Jane Feehan

During the 1920s, the film industry flourished in Hollywood, California while South Florida land sales boomed. Some thought movies and Florida would make a good match. In 1922 Miami-based Barkdull Investment Company advertised lots in the Fort Lauderdale Herald at left (October 3, 1922) for a development that would house Screen Talent Studios. A ten-acre piece of land was purportedly bought for $3,000,000 where a “Greenwich Village” was to house a production crew. Lots sold but the movie studio didn’t materialize in Oakland Park, now bordered by Fort Lauderdale. South Florida may have rivaled Hollywood in film making … or maybe not.

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Tags: film industry Florida, Florida film industry research, early film makers in Florida, film research

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