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Movies & Million-Dollar Mansions, Behind the Scenes at the "Flying A," Silents on the Islands, Way Back When: SB in 1924


Santa Barbara News-Press, April 4, 1943

The End of Silent Movie Days in Santa Barbara

Dateline: April 1943

The "Flying A" ceased operating in Santa Barbara in 1921. A few Hollywood studios came here to film on the studio's property in the 1920s, but the end finally came in 1943 when the remaining studio property was demolished except for the studio building at the corner of Mission and Chapala streets, and a portion of the administration building that still stand. – Santa Barbara News-Press, April 4, 1943


Longtime Santa Barbara resident Mary Grimm told me that "During the war years in the 40s, the studios had been torn down and just the cement floors remained. The neighborhood kids used to go over there with our roller skates and brooms, sweep the trash aside, and have a grand time roller skating."

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