Selig Polyscope week: The First Oz Movie

New Episode!Colonel Selig’sMoving Picture Plant Download mp3from archive.org More Podcasts Pictures and info on Selig Polyscope Selig Polyscope Week is a collaborative effort between Chicago Unbelievable and White City Cinema – their first post of the week, is right here: The Secret History of Chicago Movies: Selig Polyscope. It provides a great overview of the history Read More…

Podcast: Selig Polyscope Studios

New Episode!Colonel Selig’sMoving Picture Plant Download mp3from archive.org More Podcasts Selig Polyscope info and pictures While Essanay ruled Uptown, Selig Polyscope was operating the largest film studio ever built not far away, on a complex covering an entire block at Irving and Western from 1907 until about 1920. Colonel Selig was a fascinating guy. He Read More…

PODCAST: Inside Charlie Chaplin’s Vault

It’s one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets: we invented Hollywood. Full length movies, color movies, mockumentaries, the ratings systems, the first paid movie theatre, and a whole lot more all came out of Chicago between 1893 and the the 1910s. Heck, the first studio in Hollywood was even started by Chicago outfit. For a brief period Read More…

First film footage of Chicago – 1896

Remember that Simpsons episode where Homer refers to a gay pride parade as “that mustache parade?” Well, back in 1896, Chicago had a police parade that featured more mustaches-per-row than any other parade! Filmed by the Lumiere brothers (who invented a projector that many American inventors copied), Policemen’s Parade is thought to be the first Read More…

Like going back in time

Last night, we had something on the tour that sure doesn’t happen every day: A Johnny Depp sighting. One of the blocks down which we often travel has been rebuilt to look about as it did in 1934 for the filming of Public Enemies, a movie about John Dillinger, who was shot and killed on Read More…