Vitagraph Studios


Before the film industry emerged supreme in Hollywood, Vitagraph was the first Motion Picture Production Company in the United States. It was founded by J. Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith in 1897 and they enjoyed much success. In 1906, a giant studio was built on East 14th St. and Locust Ave. in Brooklyn, NY, in the area known as Midwood.

After creating a long legacy in film and animation, the studio was sadly demolished in 2015, but the famous Smokestack with the Vitagraph Logo still stands. An online petition is in effect to make it a landmark. I believe it deserves to be. Brooklyn is fast losing its classic, gilded age identity.

Save Vitagraph History Facebook Page

Read an article about the demolition with some history of the studio:

Vitagraph Studios, An Early Pioneer of the Film Industry, Is Being Demolished in Midwood Brooklyn

Watch a short Youtube Documentary:

A Brief History of the Vitagraph Studios – A short Film from Tony Susnick

Watch a quirky Vitagraph Movie clip: The Thieving Hand



“A walk through Canarsie”

Found this article in the Brooklyn Courier Life Newspaper. (Too late to go and see it though.) There is a new local documentary about the long history of Canarsie from the 1880’s to its heyday in the 1950’s. It looks like it will be a charming watch with all the interviews and reminiscing.

Watch the interview trailer:

Luna Park, Coney Island in 1903

Posted by Ethel Malley on Youtube: Luna Park, one of the great amusement parks of Coney Island’s Heyday, in 1903. Footage is from “Rube and Mandy’s visit to Coney Island” (Edison Manufacturing Co., 1903). Music is “Meet Me Down at Luna, Lena”, sung by Billy Murray (1905).