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Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions, and Silents on the Islands


Photo: Moving Picture World, July 10, 1915

Perhaps because folks in Santa Barbara, California were growing weary of unannounced film stunts, such as cars driving in front of trains and "bank robberies" staged without prior notice, the "Flying A" studio held their first goodwill dance in January 1916.


For 50 cents, couples could dance on the studio's new maple floor under a glass ceiling three stories high. Nearly 1,000 attended "one of the most delightful affairs imaginable." (The glass studio is on the left in the photo.)

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