Silent film-making an historic event

Posted on January 13, 2016 by emalone in Active Lifestyles, Art, Baby Boomers, Blog, Community Resources, Eldercare Resources, Entertainment, Environment, Events for Women, History Events, Hobbies, Independent Living, Local Events, Theater

St. Augustine Historical Society at Flagler College, 74 King St., St. Augustine,  presents “Valentino in the Oldest City: Silent Film-making in St. Augustine” on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.

From 1906 to 1926, more than 100 silent films were made in St. Augustine. Movie companies  located in the New York City area would send movie crews to Florida in winter to take advantage of the  warm weather and  ready-made scenes which could stand in for European or  exotic subjects. Anastasia Island’s beach could stand in for the Sahara desert. Theda Bara became an overnight sensation for her “vamp” movie, “A Fool There Was,” the first of four films she would make in St. Augustine. Other stars such as Tom Mix, Ethel Barrymore, Oliver Hardy, and Rudolph Valentino also appeared there.
When the movie industry moved to California, St. Augustine’s days as a film
center ended.

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