Echo Park drive-thru serves up Jumbo Jacks, fries and silent film history

A string of pioneering film studios once operated on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake a century ago. But it’s hard to find any evidence today of the film community known as Edendale, with the earliest studio now a weed-filled lot and the once prominent Mack Sennett studio now serving as a Public Storage warehouse on Glendale Boulevard. However, after comparing old photos and conducting some research, film buffs say they think they have located the spot where silent film great Charlie Chaplin – who worked at Sennett’s studio – filmed his first movie scene outside a tiny bungalow. Don’t go looking for that bungalow – it’s long gone – or a monument sign. Instead, just steer your car off Glendale Boulevard, pull into the drive-thru of the Jack in the Box in Echo Park and you will have arrived at the location where Chaplin filmed the opening scene for his first movie, a 1914 production called “Making A Living,” according to the Silent Locations blog:

Assuming they filmed Making a Living in sequence, this marks the very first scene of Chaplin’s entire career.  The site is now a driveway to a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant, while the main filming stage remains in use today as a Public Storage warehouse.


  1. So much wonderful history here!

  2. This post made me think of Nothing but flowers from the Talking Heads.

  3. I love this!
    It ‘s sad that Hollywood and the movie industry has forgotten it’s early days- Edendale and the rich history that surrounds it. Movie studios once lined all of Glendale Blvd. Not a plaque or sign anywhere, just a place to dump speeding cars from the 2 freeway. Luckily Edendale Grill has some great pictures.

  4. I love this too!

    Keep those Hollywood history pieces coming.

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