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Tuesday December 11th 2018

The Jazz Singer | 1927

The legendary ‘first sound film’, with Al Jolson as Jakie Rabinowitz, the cantor’s son bent on a singing career in blackface.

The movie was filmed at Warner Bros’ old Hollywood facility before the company moved to its famous Burbank lot in 1929.

Built in 1919, the studio was, oddly, converted into a bowling alley in the 1940s. In the 1950s, it became home to KTLA Television and is still in use, now as the Sunset Bronson Studios, 5858 Sunset Boulevard between Bronson and Van Ness Avenue.

The site has been designated a Cultural Historic Landmark.

It's easy to forget nowadays what a huge star Jolson was – but just take a look at his extravagant monument in Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, with its pillars and waterfall.

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