Thursday, September 12, 2013

Barn Door's Open

I've driven by the forlorn barn at the far end of the Hollywood Bowl parking lot on Highland for years but last month was the first time I visited the Hollywood Heritage Museum.

What a delight!  It's the actual horse barn where the first movie was filmed in Hollywood 100 years ago.  At the time the Lasky Barn, as it became known, was located near Vine and Fountain.  It was moved to the Paramount Studios Lot and ultimately relocated to a parking lot owned by Los Angeles County.

Inside there's a surprising array of memorabilia from the very early days of silent and sound pictures.  The staff on hand the day I visited was very friendly and happy to talk and answer questions.

It's fascinating to see how Hollywood as a place and Hollywood as a concept grew up together.

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