Norman Film Manufacturing Company (NRIS 16000857)
6337 Arlington Rd.,
Florida. County/parish: Duval.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places
October 31, 2016.
- Norman Studios
- Norman Studios was an American film studio in Jacksonville, Florida. Founded by Richard Edward Norman, the studio produced silent films featuring all-African-American casts from 1920 to 1928. The only surviving studio from the period of early filmmaking in Jacksonville, its facilities are now the Norman Studios Silent Film Museum.
One of the most prominent studios creating films for black audiences in the silent era, Norman's films featured all-black casts with protagonists in positive roles. During its run it produced eight feature length films and numerous shorts; its only surviving film, The Flying Ace, has been restored by the Library of Congress. The studio transitioned to distribution and promotion after the rise of talking pictures made its technology obsolete, and eventually closed. In the 21st century, the studio's facilities were restored and re-purposed as a museum.
On October 31, 2016, the location was designated a National Historic Landmark. (read more...)
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/16000857