Santa Cruz County History - Films

Early Film Studios in Santa Cruz County: Bibliography
by Ann Young

Newspaper Articles

Leonard, James P. 'The Lily of Poverty Flat: A Visit To Mimic Pioneer Village Where Movies Are Being Made.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", February 16, 1915, p. 8. [full text]

'Making Motion Pictures.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", January 13, 1916, p.2.

'Motion Picture Studio: LaVeaga Park Selected as a Location by a Film Company.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", January 25, 1916, p.8.

'The Movie Plant: Lease of Land in DeLaveaga Park, Swanton's Subsidy, Time Limits.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", February 15, 1916, p.1.

'First Santa Cruz Motion Picture Co.: Which Will Be Established at LaVeaga Heights.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", February 26, 1916, p.8.

'First Movie Shooting: Fer Dal Motion Picture Company Operates in City Today.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", March 6, 1916, p.8. [full text]

'First Santa Cruz Films: To Be Put on at the Princess Tomorrow Night.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", April 3, 1916, p.6.

O'Keeffe, John M. 'At the Fer-Dal Studio: Finishing the First Film Backed by Santa Cruz Scenery.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", April 4, 1916, p.3. [full text]

'The Local Movies.' "Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel", April 19, 1916, p. 5. [full text]

'The Movies in Santa Cruz.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", April 22, 1916, p.2.

Leonard, James P. ''Sea Urchin' Is Enacted at Park Studio.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", May 16, 1916, p. 7. [full text]

''The Sea Urchin' Has All the Elements of a Good Strong Two Reel Film.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", May 18, 1916, p. 4. [full text]

'Two More Local Films Accepted.' "Santa Cruz Morning Sentinel", June 4, 1916, p. 1. [full text]

''Sprite of the Breakers' Great.' "Santa Cruz Sentinel", June 13, 1916, p. 8. [full text]

'A Seashore Film Story.' "Santa Cruz Sentinel", June 23, 1916, p. 3. [full text]

'The New Title.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", June 26, 1916, p.4. [full text]

'First Production of La Petite Co.' "Santa Cruz Sentinel", August 15, 1916, p. 8. [full text]

'The Movies: Jewel Theater Program.' "Santa Cruz Sentinel", August 16, 1916, p. 8. [full text]

'Motion Picture Company to Locate Here: A Big Concern Will Take the Studio at DeLaveaga Park.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", January 29, 1917, p.8.

'Why the New Picture Company Located Here.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", January 30, 1917, p.3.

'Jack Pickford Here Tomorrow: The Rolard Company Arrives on Sunday.' "Santa Cruz Daily Surf", March 5, 1917, p.8.

'Film Company Finishes First Comedy Here.' "Santa Cruz Surf and Superior California Farmer", February 27, 1919, p.6. [full text]

'Actor Urges Santa Cruz To Build Studio; Promises That Industry Will Grow.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", January 24, 1920, p.8.

'Chamber of Commerce Workers Exchange Ideas at Meeting.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", April 15, 1920, p.7.

'Old Time Technical Director Joins Locals; Myrtle Lind is Lead.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", January 15, 1923 p.4. [full text]

'Santa Cruz Film Nearing Completion; Sea Stuff Great.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", February 17, 1923, p.10. [full text]

'Wind Further Damages South Sea Village.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", March 10, 1923, p.4. [full text]

'Paramount Stars in Ben Lomond; Filming Salomy Jane.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", April 6, 1923, p.1. [full text]

Sawyer, Preston. 'Capable Staff Producing Movie Comedies Here.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", August 25, 1923, p.2. [full text]

'Movie Men Look Over Site Here.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", September 18, 1925, p.1.

'Industrial Site Deal Rescinded by Directors.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", September 28, 1925, p.1.

'Wharton Film Company Takes 20 Acres in Barrett Tract; Have Novel Plan for Studio.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", October 24, 1925, p.10.

'Wharton Here Making Plans for a Studio.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", December 15, 1925, p.6.

'Wharton Takes Uptown Office.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", January 25, 1926, p.1.

'Wharton Film Men Busy in Organizing.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", February 9, 1926, p.2.

'Theodore Wharton Praised as Able Picture Director to Santa Cruz Committee.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", April 21, 1926, p.9.

'Motion Picture Contingent Here for Big Ball.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", June 1, 1926, p.6.

'Book Issued on Wharton Venture.' "Santa Cruz Evening News", May 3, 1927, p.2.

Sawyer, Preston. 'Santa Cruz Yesterdays.' "Santa Cruz Sentinel", April 21, 1957, p. 20.

Swift, Carolyn. 'This Was a Favorite Filming Spot in the Early Days of Movies.' "Cabrillo Times & Green Sheet", October 28, 1976, p.16.

Gibson, Ross Eric. 'Hollywood Came to Santa Cruz: Huge Redwoods Seen as Western Backdrops.' "San Jose Mercury News", February 1, 1994, p.1B.


Boorstin, Daniel J. The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination. New York: Random House, 1992.

Brownlow, Kevin, and John Kobal. Hollywood: The Pioneers. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979.

Griffith, Richard, and Arthur Mayer. The Movies: The Sixty-Year Story of Hollywood and its Effect on America, from Pre-Nickelodeon Days to the Present. New York: Bonanza Books, 1957.

Koszarski, Richard. An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915 - 1928. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990. Vol. 3 of History of the American Cinema.

Pratt, George C. Spellbound in Darkness: A History of the Silent Film. Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society Ltd., 1973.

Other Sources

Material from the Barbara Giffen collection in the History Archives, Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center, Santa Cruz, California.

"Why Santa Cruz Has Been Selected as the Location for the Studios of Wharton Film Classics, Inc." Santa Cruz, CA: no date of publication given. [full text]

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