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Speaker Series

  • Channel Islands Maritime Museum 3900 Bluefin Circle Oxnard, CA, 93035 United States (map)

A Film History of Hollywood-By-The-Sea


On September 20, the Channel Islands Maritime Museum presents “A Film History of Hollywood-By-The-Sea”, with writer and local historian Richard Senate. Hollywood by the Sea owes its existence to the movie industry of the early 20th Century. The first film shot at the sand dunes was a Romantic Action Adventure film called "Bound for Morocco" shot in 1918 and staring Douglas Fairbanks. Two years later a low budget film called the Sheik propelled Italian dancer Rudolph Valentino into super stardom. Made at the beach it was the reason the community came to be established here.  On the heels of the success if the Sheik, Comedy film maker Mack Senate quickly made a parody called "The Shriek of Araby" with Ben Turpin. other movies were made here as well--some scenes from King Vidors Classic "The Crowd" and the sexy "Queen of Sheba" with a scantily clad Betty Blythe. The tours came and so to the developers but the coming of sound a developementcaused the movie people to stay away--but the legend of Hollywood by the sea was firmly established. The talk will feature on the films made here and where Movie Stars walked the beach.

Speaker Series is a lecture series held every third Wednesday at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum. Refreshments are available at 6:30 pm and the lecture begins at 7:00 pm. Entry is free with membership, $7 for non-members, $5 for seniors. 

Earlier Event: August 19
3rd Annual Chowderfest
Later Event: September 23