What's the big deal?

   If you live, work here, or have in the past, you know why Studio City is a GREAT community.  Sometimes U forget what started the whole thing.  Studio City -  A Mile of Style is what Mack Sennett called the community where he made his big move in the Entertainment Industry.  Studio City has always been important to California and U. S. history.

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​   It’s been an exciting journey to be able to trace the evolution of Studio City. It had a remarkable collection of local newspapers: The Girard; The Lankershim Press; The Laconic News, and The Star.  Surprisingly there are few copies remaining of these old newspapers. This story is pieced together from regional newspaper articles and ads which made reference to Studio City along with original public documents and interviews. Often there are several conflicting accounts of the same event. The discrepancies might have been a function of stories being changed or embellished in the re-telling. This is the first time this information has been assembled in one place where Studio City takes center stage. The 1800s was a busy time for the area.  Studio City was known as Lankershim, and later as part of North Hollywood.  Studio City served as the gateway and transformation point from Los Angeles as it began to blossom from pueblo to city. In the 1920s, with the arrival of Mack Sennett, Studio City was acknowledged as a community unto itself, separate from the mining, farming and agriculture in the San Fernando Valley.  

                                                                                                                                                                                          Joann R. Deutch, Studio City, California
                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

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Gaynor Peet and his Dad
Gaynor Peet and his Dad

The Peet family ran a plumbing business in Studio City for 3 generations.

Studio City Camera Exchange
Studio City Camera Exchange

Bernie Thorsch owned the shop which sold new and used camera equipmment. The store was originally located near Art's Deli. Bernie's dad invented the Thorsch camera lens. Bernie always bragged that he hadn't missed a Chamber of Commerce meeting in 35 years.

President Obama/Carpenter Ave.
President Obama/Carpenter Ave.

President Obama secretly landed in Marine One on the football field at Campbell Hall School, then drove to a fundraiser at George Clooney's house

Local Black Cowboys
Local Black Cowboys

Local Black cowboys rode into Laurel Canyon to free a black slave and her children from a Mormon slave owner who claimed he was traveling from and to slaves states so the family remained slaves even while living, albeit temporarily, in a Free State. California joined the Union as a Free State.

Endeavor flies overhead
Endeavor flies overhead

The space shuttle the Endeavor flew over Studio City making 3 separate passes. People rushed out into the street to gawk, traffic stopped. Where you your that day?

The West for Rent
The West for Rent

Republic Studios advertising offering the west for Rent. The studios had outdoor sets, and would rent you everything you need to film your western in Studio City

Blatherwick's Saddery on Ventura Blv
Blatherwick's Saddery on Ventura Blv

This shop was probably located somewhere near today's Trader Joe's. The Blatherwick were a cowboy movie stunt double family, eventually joining the famous Rodeo 101.

Studio City Fair, naming the King
Studio City Fair, naming the King

Studio City had an annual fair where Queen and Kings were crowned. The presenters were often stars who lived or worked in Studio City