Hollywood Blog

October 26, 1911 Hollywood's Having it's 110th Anniversary

On October 26, 1911 HJ Whitley allowed David Horsley to have a test run filming on his property. Not only did HJ Whitley bring the movie studios to Hollywood, he also left his personal footprint throughout the entire town. The first movie studio in the Hollywood area was Nestor Studios, opened October 27, 1911 by David Horsley and Al Christie. Nestor Studios leased the Blondeu Tavern for thirty dollars a month. The film studio was located on the northwest corner of Sunset and Gower.

In the same year, another 15 independents settled in Hollywood. Early movie producers relocated to Hollywood to escape Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company, which controlled almost all the patents relevant to movie production at the time. The first movie studio in the Hollywood run by David Horsley was fortunate enough to have invented his own camera so he was not dependent on Edison’s Patents.

Another reason the movie studios settled in Hollywood was HJ Whitley’s creation. The city of Hollywood rapidly developed into a 'movie colony'. The city had a distinctive carefree lifestyle for its film-makers and actors. It would soon become the film capital of the world. With few delays from bad weather, Nestor Studios impressively and steadily churned out dozens and dozens of films. They averaged three complete moving pictures a week. Nestor Studios merged to become Universal Film Company.

The first feature film in Hollywood was DeMille’s film The Squaw Man. It was considered a feature film because it was long enough to be the only or main item in a cinema program. It was a hit when released in March 1914 and was the beginning of the Hollywood boom. In 1915 they released 36 feature films. Hollywood continued to grow. • Universal Pictures founded: 1912. Highest Grossing Film: Jurassic World (2015). • Paramount Pictures founded: 1912. Highest Grossing Film: Titanic (1997) • Walt Disney Pictures founded: 1923 Highest Grossing Film: Star Wars: The force Awakens (2015)