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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A quick spin through Echo Park film history

One of the landmarks of the silent film studios that once lined Glendale Boulevard in Echo Park was Mack Sennett’s Cyclorama, a towering drum of spinning scenery that served as  a backdrop for some of Sennett’s films.  The Cyclorama and most of the other signs of  the century-old Edendale film community disappeared long ago. But neighborhood historian Rory Mitchell created a video above to show what it would be like if that Cyclorama was still spinning in place a few feet from Glendale Boulevard and Effie Street. In a post on HistoricEchoPark.org,  Mitchell said:

The next time you’re stuck in traffic on Glendale Blvd, try picturing Mack Sennett’s Cyclorama in its original location just behind OJ Plumbing on the southwest corner of Glendale Blvd and Effie.

* The Eastsider is a board member of the Echo Park Historical Society, which owns HistoricEchoPark.org

8 comments

  1. How cool! I’ve never heard of a Cyclorama before. Did other studios also use them?

  2. That is so cool, I wish it was still there

  3. As neighborhoods change, it is important to not forget their illustrious past.

  4. Fantastic. Didn’t Tom Mix have one at his studio too?

  5. Great article from an Atwater baby whose family worked in films in the 1930s.

  6. I loved this article. Please do more. I am sending the link to my brother back east who loves this type of history maybe more than I do.

  7. No, only the Sennett studio had a cyclorama.

  8. yes, nice way to start the week
    Eastsider, more of this please

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