The site of the city’s first permanent movie studio that opened more than a century ago on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake will soon be covered with 70 homes. While the Selig Polyscope studio is long gone, the developer of what is know as SL70 project has decided to honor the place where the studios of Edendale – as the area was once known – began churning out silent films and minting some of the industry’s first movie stars. “We worked hard to create a subtle, but substantive way to pay homage to this properties history,” Mark Higgins, Senior Vice President at Trumark. But instead of a plaque, Trumark decided to honor Selig-Polyscope with street names in the small-lot development:
- Edendale Lane
- Fox Lane (named after William Fox, who purchased the selig-Polyscope studio)
- Polyscope Place
- Silent Era Drive
- Silent Era Road
- Selig Drive
- Tom Mix Road (named after the actor who became a star in movie Westerns produced by Selig-Polyscope)
Higgins said it took some convincing but city officials finally signed off on the studio-related names.
The first batch of homes, priced in the $600,000-range, are expected to be completed early next year.