By Mateusz Kudła (Own work)
By Jane Feehan
During the early days of filmmaking, Florida held a place in the collective mind of the industry. A few studios were established during the early 1900s in Miami and Hialeah (see index). But they closed as California evolved into a movie making epicenter with the founding of Warner Bros* in 1923 and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1924. Other studio giants followed: Fox, RKO, 20th Century Pictures.
Let’s hope Florida's incentives for filmmaking are renewed.
*Albert Warner owned an estate on Miami Beach; it was later sold to make way for the Eden Roc Hotel.
Film History: An International Journal: Vol. 22 (2010) Number 1