Reel Farmers: Where Film in L.A. Was Born

The site of the Hollywood Heritage Museum—in 1926 and now

In 1913, Cecil B. De Mille made his directorial debut with The Squaw Man, the first feature-length film created in Hollywood. The movie company was operating out of a working barn on Selma and Vine—with horse and carriage—so isolated that studio owner Jesse Lasky was instructed to “follow the old pepper trees…there’s some movie folks working there.” The site soon became an industry hangout; silent picture star Louise Brooks posed for a 1926 publicity shot with actor Adolphe Menjou (inset, left) and screenwriter Luther Reed. Moved several times before settling at its present location in 1983, the building now houses the Hollywood Heritage Museum, which this month celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of film in L.A.