As few but film and history buffs recall, between 1912 and 1917 Santa Barbara was home to one of the largest motion picture studios in the United States.
Stephen Lawton delves into the history of the film industry in Santa Barbara and analyzes lasting impact of the industry on Santa Barbara, even after it moved on. Including photographs of Santa Barbara and the stars of Flying A, this book is a must for anyone who thought they knew the history of Santa Barbara or the film industry.
Author: Stephen Lawton. Softcover, 125 pages.
"Stephen Lawton has done a superb job in telling the story of this little-known slice of cinematic history—the colorful tale of Santa Barbara's Flying A Studio." Specializing in westerns, which it cranked out at the rate of several a week, the studio for a time was one of the largest in the United States. The oral histories which the author includes at the end of the book add a personal flavor anf give the reader a real feel for what it was like in the film industry during its formative years. -Michael Redmon, Director of Research. Santa Barbara Historical Society
Love Santa Barbara history and want to know more about film in Santa Barbara? Also check out the image rich title Silent Era Filmmaking in Santa Barbara.