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Jacksonville’s Norman Studios: Movie Posters from the Permanent Collection

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August 5, 2011 - November 2, 2011

Jacksonville’s Norman Studios: Movie Posters from the Permanent CollectionBefore Hollywood dominated the film industry, Florida was the hot spot for movie executives.  With our warm weather, sunny skies, convenient location, cheap labor, and diverse scenery, Jacksonville quickly became a frontrunner in the early film business in the first part of the 20th century. However, the heyday was short-lived. By 1920, Hollywood had already gained preeminence as the nation’s film capital. This shift westward allowed First Coast native and silent filmmaker, Richard Norman, the opportunity to purchase the bankrupt Eagle Studios complex in Arlington in 1920. Norman produced at least eight feature films in eight years and gained national attention by producing films with African American casts for African American audiences.  Although his films were popular with audiences across the country, especially the emerging black middle class, he was forced to close his business at the onset of the Great Depression.

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