Republic Pictures: Studio at 75 (Hollywood History)

August 28, 2010 – Eighteen legendary Republic Pictures stars unveiled the new Republic Pictures sign on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at CBS Studio Center on the Western Walk of Fame. This event kicks-off a month long commemoration of Republic Pictures 75th Anniversary coordinated by the Studio City Neighborhood Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee. The new Republic Pictures sign will be affixed to the CBS Studio Center building above the former gate entrance at Carpenter Avenue.

Other local events planned for the 75th anniversary of Republic Pictures include:

· On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 the Egyptian Theatre presents Republic Pictures films and trailers with live “vaudeville” entertainment. 7:30 P.M. at 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

· On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, the Studio City Branch Library welcomes Marc Wanamaker, Los Angeles and Motion Picture historian, as he speaks to guests on the history of Studio City and Republic Pictures. 7 P.M. at 12511 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604.

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, free of charge to the public, a grand Republic Pictures 75th Anniversary Event takes place from 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. at the former Republic Studios lot, CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave, Studio City, CA 91604. The day will include celebrity speakers’ forums, memorabilia and merchant stands, live music and entertainment, Republic Pictures movies, serials and trailers, children’s activity center, and food and drink

Founded in 1935 by Herbert J. Yates, Republic Pictures was an independent film production-distribution corporation with studio facilities. Republic focused in westerns, movie serials and B-films emphasizing mystery and action, the staples of Saturday afternoon matinees. The studio launched the careers of future cowboy icons John Wayne, Gene Autry, Rex Allen, and Roy Rogers, and rocketed serials like The Adventures of Captain Marvel and Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe into the public imagination throughout its fabled 24-year history. Notable Republic Pictures include Under Western Stars (1938), Flying Tigers (1942), Macbeth (1948), Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), The Red Pony (1949), The Quiet Man (1952), and Johnny Guitar (1954).