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Way Back When in Santa Barbara, Mesa Memories, & Silent Movies Made in Montecito

"WAY BACK WHEN" WEDNESDAY

Image: Santa Barbara Morning Press, September 13, 1914

Flu Closes the "Flying A" Studio

 

Just as the threat of the "Spanish flu" was being felt on the streets of Santa Barbara in October 1918, it was also having an effect at the film studio at Mission and Chapala streets.

 

On October 23, the local paper reported, "'Flying A' Shuts Studio for 30 Days . . . Because the government is desirous of having all moving picture studios suspend the distribution of releases for a period of 30 days . . . the American Film Co. decided to suspend operation here for one month."

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