Wednesday, February 5, 2014
First National Studio -- February 5, 2014
First National started as a theater chain in 1917. They began to finance and release movies made by stars like Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. They began producing movies in 1924 and built a modern studio in Burbank in 1928. Warner Brothers took control of the company in 1928, but operated it separately until 1936, when they dissolved the company and merged it into Warner Brothers.
This aerial view of the First National lot is from the February, 1932 New Movie magazine.