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Norman Studios Brings Documentary To Springfield
Norman Studios Brings Documentary To Springfield

Springfield Home Tour Screens Hollywood East

Screening of Hollywood East: Florida’s Silent Film Legacy, Norman Studios’ documentary, celebrating Jacksonville’s heyday as the “winter film capital of the world”, will kick off the annual Springfield Home Tour, May 14-15. The film begins at  7:00 PM, Friday, May 13, at the Springfield Woman's Club, 210 W. 7th St.  Norman Studios Community & Education Outreach Director Rita Reagan will lead a panel discussion.  Film buffs are invited to share information, memorabilia, and ideas.

Theda Bara, the original vamp in the film poster (created by local artist Virginia Andow), is featured prominently in the documentary. The documentary explores the “boom and bust” of Jacksonville’s film career, as well as the careers of actors, such as Lionel and Ethel Barrymore, Valentino, and Babe Hardy, who also succeeded in the talkies. Some of the local silent companies evolved into MGM, 20thCentury Fox, and other major studios.

This screening is a benefit for Norman Studios, SPAR, and SWC. Friends of Norman Studios are honoring Richard Norman’s origins on Laura Street in Springfield, before he purchased Eagle Film City on Arlington Rd. and become famous for his “race” films. This is one of the reasons that Norman Silent Film Studios is on track to become a National Park Service site.    

Tickets are $10 and include theater snacks and a beverage.   Get your tickets at or at the door.  For more information, call 904-353-7727.  


Copies of the documentary Hollywood East will be available for $15 or at  For information on Presentations and Screenings, call Rita at 633-7726.

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