Hollywood 1927: You Must Remember This….Facts, Trends, Movies, Stars

Hollywood 1927: You Must Remember This….Facts, Trends, Movies, Stars


January 10: Fritz Lang’s sci-fi fantasy Metropolis premieres in Germany.

March 11: The world’s largest movie theatre, the Roxy Theatre, opens in New York City.

April 7: Abel Gance’s Napoleon his masterpiece, premieres, in shorter version, at the Paris Opéra and demonstrates techniques and equipment, such as hand-held cameras, and the first widescreen projection format Polyvision.

It would be more than three decades before widescreen format would again be used.

May 11: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is founded in Los Angeles by Douglas Fairbanks and others.

The first Academy Awards (Oscars) will be awarded in May 1929 to films released in 1927 or 1928.

August 12: Paramount’s film Wings, which would win the first Best Picture Oscar, opens at the Criterion Theater in New York, with a roadshow admission price of $2.00 per ticket.

September 5: Nicholas Schenck becomes president of Loews Inc. after the death of Marcus Loew.

October 6: The Jazz Singer, starring Al Jolson, premieres at Warner Theater in New York City. Although not the first ‘talkie,’ it becomes the first box-office hit to popularize sound pictures.

December 3: The silent short “Putting Pants on Philip,” the first official billing of comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, is released in the U.S.

Academy Awards

Best Production: Wings
Best Artistic Quality: Sunrise
Best Actor: Emil Jannings for 2 films: The Way of All Flesh and The Last Command
Best Actress: Janet Gaynor for 3 films: Seventh Heaven and Sunrise, and Street Angel
Best Director: Frank Borzage for Seventh Heaven

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