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Samuel Goldwyn Studio


Samuel Goldwyn Studio

Samuel Goldwyn Studio
Industry Film studio
Predecessor United Artists
Successor Warner Bros.
Headquarters West Hollywood, California
Key people
Mary Pickford
Douglas Fairbanks
Samuel Goldwyn
Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks hang the entrance signs for their Pickford-Fairbanks Studios in Hollywood

Samuel Goldwyn Studio was the name that Samuel Goldwyn used to refer to the lot located on the corner of Formosa Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, as well as the offices and stages that his company, Samuel Goldwyn Productions, rented there during the 1920s and 1930s. At various times, the location was also known as Pickford-Fairbanks Studios, the United Artists Studio, Warner Hollywood Studios, and its current name, The Lot.[1]

The site was acquired by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks and dubbed Pickford-Fairbanks Studios in 1919. It was later renamed the United Artists Studio in 1928, as it was being used by several independent producers, including Samuel Goldwyn, that distributed through United Artists. Although Goldwyn did not control the deed for the land, he and Joseph Schenck built many of the facilities on the lot.[2]

Schenck left United Artists in 1935, leaving his share of the deed to Goldwyn, and Fairbanks died in 1939, leaving his share to Pickford. When Goldwyn left United Artists in 1940, he sought to rename the lot Samuel Goldwyn Studio. Pickford and Goldwyn fought over the name and ownership of the property until a court ordered that the lot be auctioned in 1955.

James Mulvey, Goldwyn's most trusted business confidant and president of Samuel Goldwyn Inc., outbid Pickford for the property.[3] The lot officially became Samuel Goldwyn Studio and remained so until Warner Brothers purchased the site in 1980, naming it Warner Hollywood Studios.[4]

Warner Bros. sold the property in 1999 and the name was officially changed to its longtime unofficial nickname, The Lot.[5]

Across the street is the Formosa Cafe, a legendary Hollywood hangout.


The studio was awarded with the Academy Award for Best Sound in 1968 for the film In the Heat of the Night.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "The Lot ( formerly Warner Hollywood Studios)". Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Samuel Goldwyn: Hollywood's Lone Wolf". Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  3. ^ "The Lot: A legendary studio of independent production in classic Hollywood". Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  4. ^ "WARNER HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS GENERAL INFORMATION". 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Pickford-Fairbanks Studios". Retrieved 2011-04-01. 
  6. ^ "The 40th Academy Awards (1968) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
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