BETZWOOD FILM FESTIVAL

In this, he seems to have been like Milton Hershey. Ida Breuninger, at 96, remembered lunching there with actress Marie Dressler. When renovations to the Brendlinger Library, currently underway, are completed and the new and expanded archive area is ready for use, remaining artifacts from the Betzwood Studio will be transferred from private ownership into the Betzwood Film Archive at the College. The former Pennsylvania Railroad tracks that connected Betzwood to Philadelphia are now a biking path. The site of this former station would be under the Betzwood Bridge today. In this view, the house at the far left became the office building with direct phone lines to the Philadelphia studio. Lubin, it turns out, was a bit of a socialist.

They skim over the Schuylkill River, nearing the terminus of where it connects with Routes and 76, the Schuylkill Expressway and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Kind of a sad ending – except that he was a ground-breaker for the US movie industry. And a teahouse stood along the trail that is now Route As always, the films will be shown at their original projection speed, with live organ accompaniment by Don Kinnier. Lubin imported cattle for his Western scenes, and also to provide milk for his free lunches. As the commuter train stopped at Betzwood Station it was ferociously attacked by a horde of Indians, and then Norris and his mom were rescued by the U. That got him started. Lubin was the first Jew in the film business.

To join the Betzwood mailing list, email jeckhard mc3. Betz had built along the Pennsylvania Railroad line that ran through his estate.

The Archive has recently been digitized and is now accessible online to the general public betzwoox http: As the commuter train stopped at Betzwood Station it was ferociously attacked by a horde of Indians, and then Norris and his mom were rescued by the U.

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For the past quarter-century, the College has screened films from its Betzwood collection for the public during its annual festival.

Edward Simons was my great grandfather. Joe Eckhardt moved flim this area in to teach history at Montco. Photo courtesy of the Betzwood archive.

With the assistance of his son-in-law, Ira M. The films are shown at their original projection speeds betzwoor organ accompaniment by Don Kinnier. This was one of the most technologically advanced film plants I the world in its day. In the bank foreclosed on Betzwood and forced Lubin into bankruptcy.

A major film studio was at Valley Forge

We also plan to round up a posse to find Big Bill the bandit, recreate a Civil War battle, and hop into some vintage cars to rescue the kidnapped detective before the bomb goes off.

While recently visiting Philadelphia, on a hike near Valley Forge I came upon the studio buildings. The Betzwood train station would be to the left of this building and out of the picture.

There was a Victorian mansion which was torn down in to make way for St. The Archive contains 19 copies of 16mm Betzwood films and video copies of three other film fragments, in addition to original photos, pieces of advertising, magazine articles, and pieces of movie sets.

His campus covered acres and included two enclosed dark studios, a glass studio, processing plants, stables, farms, woods, a train station and, of course, the Schuylkill river. I live in Los Angeles…and this kind of blew me away!

The Betzwood Studios – Betzwood Film Archive

I wouldn’t call him a Socialist but, rather, a smart Capitalist who recognized the importance of happy, valued employees. And a teahouse stood along the trail that is now Route Betzwood Film Studio press photo circa Comment on this article Cancel reply Enter your comment here Most recently, he digitized a manuscript, photo albums and a tape recording that were found at the former Woodstock N.

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Lubin had borrowed so much money to build Betzwood that he owed the Drexel Bank half a million dollars. Lubin, it turns out, was a bit of a socialist. Not many local residents today are aware that before Hollywood, there was Betzwood: It had a capacity of nearly five million feet of finished film per week.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. If you were making a movie about a train wreck inyou actually had to wreck a real train, which was what one director did. Also shot at Betzwood were a series of two-reel shorts based on the Toonerville Trolley cartoon strip.

Eckhardt is the author of the first Lubin biography, The King of the Movies: The causes of his collapse were several: When renovations to the Brendlinger Library, currently underway, are completed and the new and expanded archive area is ready for use, remaining artifacts from the Betzwood Studio will be transferred from private ownership into the Betzwood Film Archive at the College.

Zoom controls are in the upper left. The former Pennsylvania Railroad tracks that connected Betzwood frstival Philadelphia are now a biking path.

Griffith filmed the first movie ever shot in Hollywood inbut studios were not built there untillong after Lubin had established himself in the Philadelphia area.