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Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions, Behind the Scenes at the "Flying A," & Silents on the Islands


Image: Picture-Play, May 1916

The Amazing Big Glass Studio

In 1919, a reporter from the movie magazine Camera visited the "Flying A" studio in Santa Barbara, CA. The writer marveled at the studio's grounds. "One of the largest glass-covered studios in the world. Carried by trussed steel, the ground-glass rooves cover thousands of feet of spacious stages where there are often as many as 10 large sets constructed . . . The sets built on the stages are said by visitors from other film companies to be the equal of those used by any of the producing companies.

"Truly Santa Barbara may well feel proud of the beautiful "Flying A" studios, both as an industrial asset to the business life of the city and as a wonderful showplace of interest to its thousands of visitors from every corner of the globe."

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