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Old Posted Nov 5, 2014, 8:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ethereal_reality View Post
There is only vague information for this photograph from

After a little research: The photo is of 5152 La Vista Court looking west toward Clune Studios (now Raleigh Studios)
on Van Ness Avenue just south of Melrose.


Clune Studios, a little history.

1914 Fiction Players company built the first studios on this spot where they fabricated nondescript films.

1915 Fiction Players purchased by Famous Players, the New York-based film company helmed by Adolph Zukor. Zukor made the studios his western headquarters, dispatching to the studio Mary Pickford who was already in Los Angeles to star in “A Girl from Yesterday.” In making this aviation picture, airplanes landed in a field at Bronson and Melrose.

1915 The sinking of the Lusitania, taking with it Charles Froman, a major theatrical backer as well as a backer of Famous Players. At this point, Zukor returned all production from the West Coast to New York.

Clune Studio 1916
Enter William H. Clune, owner of theaters and Philharmonic Auditorium downtown. Clune purchased the studio, renaming it as Clune Studio. On that site Clune produced the second “Ramona” filmed in 1915.

1917 War in in Europe. Clune starts to lease to Paralta, independent producers creating movies related to WWI. Other production companies doing serials there.

1919 After the war, Doug Fairbanks formed United Artists, he moved in and took it over as Douglas Fairbanks studio, there shooting The Three Musketeers and the Mark of Zorro among others.

1922 Fairbanks asks Clune to purchase studio; Clune refuses, Fairbanks departs amicably with Mary Pickford, together purchasing studio at LaBrea and Santa Monica, which became Pickford-Fairbanks Studios.

1925 Tec Art, from New York shows up and makes deal to build enclosed stages and operate for Mr. Clune.

1926 Sound revolution has begun, by 1927, after The Jazz Singer, Tec Art decides to build sound stages and outfit entire studio for sound, to the delight of Clune.The first tenant to build a sound department, maintaining and sound theater, sound equipment was Roy Disney. Disney studio was in East Hollywood but brought one of their inking units to Clune Studio. Early Mickey Mouse movies inked there.

1927 Tec Art brings in Inspiration Pictures and builds them an administration bulding on Clinton street on the south side of the studio. A Spanish-style building was built with the reverse side a hacienda set, the other side of the office building used in the second Ramona (they just found this film).

1929 Clune dies at 58. His family makes a deal with USC, who administrator the Clune Memorial Trust all the way until 1979 when it was sold to Raleigh Enterprises.

Available on Blueray and Beta?

1915 - Clune Studios, shooting "Ramona."

1916 - Ramona, Get your tickets early!

1916 - Clune

Another Iowa picnic?

1918 - Clune co. (Unclear that Clune is in this photo. Possibly at far left? Is that a left fist or a shrunken head? )

Clune in 1930

1927 Tec Art/ Clune

1915 - J. Clune residence 1424 W. 8th Street

1930 - J.Walter Clune

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