August 1, 2011
Contact: Wade Douglas, Flying A Committee Chair
619-980-3932 or firstname.lastname@example.org
La Mesa’s Tinseltown Roots Honored August 12
La Mesa Historical Society Honors 100th Anniversary of Flying A Movie Studio
(La Mesa, California) – Hollywood’s long-forgotten roots in La Mesa will be commemorated on the 100th anniversary of San Diego County’s first movie studio with two events honoring the Flying A Movie Company studios, hosted by the La Mesa Historical Society.
WHAT: Dedication of the “Flying A” Movie Company Centennial Plaque
WHEN: Friday, August 12, 10 a.m.
WHERE: Historic Wolf Building (current home of Mostly Mission Store)
8360 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa
The dedication will be held outside the historic home of the Flying A Studio on La Mesa Boulevard (across from Third). The date coincides with the 100th anniversary of the day the Flying A Movie Studio opened its doors in La Mesa on August 12, 1911. The Flying A Movie Company produced 100 films until it moved to Santa Barbara in July 1912.
Saturday, August 13, at 10 a.m., UC Santa Barbara film professor Dr. Dana Driskel will present a lecture and show excerpts from some films made at the Flying A Studio. Dr. Driskel is an expert on early filmmaking in California and the “Flying A.”
The presentation will take place at the Grossmont Health Care District Auditorium, 9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa. It is open to the public.
NOTE TO EDITORS/REPORTERS: B-roll video featuring film footage from the Flying A Studios is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TDR9xcLgyI
For background information on the films and access to historic photos and graphics, contact Jim Newland, Historian, La Mesa Historical Society, 619-204-0051.