Independent Staff Report
HOLLYWOOD — The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and members of the film industry gathered together July 1 to mark the 100th anniversary of “The Squaw Man,” the first feature film to be made in Hollywood.
The event was held in the historic Lasky-DeMille Barn on North Highland Avenue near the Hollywood Bowl, where “The Squaw Man” was shot.
The barn and grounds were turned into a festival of fun with characters dressed in period pieces of the era, vintage cars on display, an antique fire truck, Sunset Ranch horses including a miniature horse, silent movie props where children could star in their own film, and a photo door station where people could have pictures taken against a scenic Hollywood background.
There was also a showcase of Hollywood history on display with props, memorabilia and Cecil B. DeMille’s first office recreated with authentic artifacts donated by his family.
“We are celebrating our roots — the dawn of filmmaking which launched Hollywood, a place that is now internationally renowned as the home of the entertainment industry,” said Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “It also marked the beginning of the influx of people and businesses that helped to form the greater community of Hollywood.”
The evening began with a lively presentation on the roots of filmmaking and the role of Jesse Lasky and DeMille in building the industry that is the foundation for today’s modern and diverse Hollywood community. Actors and past Screen Actors Guild board members Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna participated in the festivities, along with author
According to records, Cecil B. DeMille arrived in Los Angeles in 1913 to start shooting “The Squaw Man” on behalf of the Jesse Lasky Play Company. The company leased the barn for the production, making it the birthplace of Hollywood’s first feature film and what is now Paramount Pictures. Countless stars have walked through the barn and the building has appeared in many films and television shows. For more than 112 years, this small barn has held a special place in the evolution of Hollywood from sleepy village to filmmaking capital.
In 1983, Hollywood Heritage became the owners of the Lasky-DeMille Barn, which is officially a state historic landmark.
Hollywood Heritage, which was founded in 1980 to serve as Hollywood’s historical society to preserve the history, architecture and cultural significance of Hollywood, now operates the Barn as the Hollywood Heritage Museum, one of the longest operating film museums in the world.