Category: Entertainment

Cartoon censorship


Image: January 17, 1939 Look magazine article from .

See the full magazine article at the link. It shows what animated cartoon images and sounds were acceptable and what were not. Hollywood adhered to the Motion Picture Production Code which was self-censorship adopted as an alternative to possibly more stringent federal government controls. Learn more about it at .


Drive-in movies


1938 image: University of Southern California. Libraries and California Historical Society. Digitally reproduced by the USC Digital Library; From the California Historical Society Collection at the University of Southern California. Detail shows Gary Cooper poster for “The Adventures of Marco Polo” movie.

“The Pico Drive-in [shown above in 1938] opened on September 9, 1934, at 10850 Pico Boulevard and Westwood Blvd… [I]t was California’s first, as well as the fourth in the entire USA.”

“It also turns out that L.A. was home to California’s second drive-in theater, the San Val. (Back then, Southern California land was cheap and plentiful enough to build these massive open-air theaters—and the mostly dry and temperate climate meant almost year-round outdoor movie viewing.)

“The San Val (here the name is an abbreviated spin-off of it’s location in the “San Fernando Valley”) opened in 1938 at 2720 Winona Street and San Fernando Road in the city of Burbank.”

Excerpts from .

Encino movie studio lot


The RKO location ranch was located in Encino. It sported a complete western town with intersecting streets and a New York street. The Hunchback of Notre Dame set was there as well as a Hacienda set. A rail line ran through the property and was occasionally used for filming…

“The ranch was located approximately between Louise Avenue on the west, Balboa Blvd. on the east, Burbank Blvd. on the south, and Oxnard on the north, all in the city of Encino.”

Excerpt and undated* image from .

*likely from 1938 or 1939 as it looks like the cathedral from The Hunchback of Notre Dame is at the center right of the image.



First twin movie theatre in U.S.


1940 image from .

Two sources say that the Alhambra Theatre and Annex (shown above) dates from 1939:

“Edwards did just about everything at the theater from selling tickets and popcorn to running the projector. In 1939, he built what is believed to be the first multiscreen theater in the country the Edwards Alhambra Twin Cinema. There is a plaque commemorating it at the Atlantic and Main location, where the company now operates a 10-screen theater.” .

First in the world was in England in 1930. “The first in the United States was the Alhambra Twin in Alhambra, Calif. in 1939 .” Robertson’s Book of Firsts: Who Did What for the First Time by Patrick Robertson.

However, other authoritative sources say it was 1940. The photo above shows the movie Maryland on the marquee that premiered in 1940 but that doesn’t mean that the twin theatre hadn’t opened in the year before.

Read all about it at the links.