A Fresh Start

Brian Taves

in Thomas Ince

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134222
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135939 | DOI:
 A Fresh Start

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On June 26, 1917, Ince signed a distribution contract with Paramount that stipulated he was to produce one to four “special features,” at least 6,000 feet in length and at least four months apart, each year for two years beginning September 1, 1917. Moving Picture World announced in its July 7 issue that Ince would be building his own studio in Los Angeles, larger than the plant he had sold to Triangle. December brought word that he had decided to build again in Culver City, and after negotiations with Harry Culver, Ince purchased eleven acres on June 11, 1918. The cost of the buildings would be $200,000, with his six companies moving in as soon as the studio was complete at the end of the year. He would be able to double his present capacity, with eighteen buildings in the form of a quadrangle. Benefiting from all Ince had learned from constructing his previous studios, the new facility now included its own property buildings, electrical and technical departments, water, heating, sewage plant, and fire department.

Keywords: Thomas Ince; Paramount; motion picture studios; distribution contract

Chapter.  1816 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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