I emerged from my Batcave today long enough to experience something truly memorable. I visited the old Essanay Studios at 1333 W. Argyle St. in Uptown as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago.
From 1907 - 1917, Essanay was home to such stars as Charlie Chaplin, Wallace Beery, Ben Turpin, Broncho Billy Anderson, Francis X. Bushman, and Gloria Swanson (who made her film debut there); as the promotional video for a crowdfunding project to restore this treasure of early cinema puts it: "Before there was Hollywood, there was Chicago."
CLICK HERE for more information or to contribute to the campaign to restore Essanay, "one of the world's first and last silent film studios."
|A special treat for Open House Chicago was the showing|
of His New Job (1915), in the very same studio where it
was shot. The comedy starred Charlie Chaplin,
along with Ben Turpin and a very young
|Mural over the studio door shows Chaplin as the Little Tramp, |
along with child star, and Jackie Coogan,
in their beloved roles from The Kid (1921).