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Founded in 1916 Jacksonville, FL as Eagle Film City and purchased by Richard E. Norman in 1921, the  Norman Studios was among the nation’s first to produce “race films” starring African American characters in positive, non-stereotypical roles. Today, Norman’s five-building studio complex survives in Jacksonville’s Old Arlington neighborhood. Our 501(c)3 organization is working to reunify, restore and reopen this historic complex as a thriving community, learning, research and tourism center. Want to play a supporting role in the Norman Studios’ epic comeback? There are lots of ways to get involved. Please join our cast!

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Babe Ruth is known, of course, as one of Major League Baseball's historic greats. But he also enjoyed the occasional turn off the diamond and on the silver screen. In fact, he's credited as an actor in nearly a dozen films between 1920 and 1942. 

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He's known as "The Magician in the Movie House" and credited as the father of the fantasy and sci-fi genres. Find out how Paris-born Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès began his creative work as a shoemaker and puppeteer - until a fateful invitation. 

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Italian-born Rodolfo Alfonso Rafaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina D’Antonguolla, better know as Rudolph Valentino remains one of cinema's most enduring heartthrobs. No one - including Valentino himself - was prepared.

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NORMAN STUDIOS - JACKSONVILLE'S SILENT HISTORY

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Upcoming Events

  1. Silent Sundays – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

    October 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

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Founders of Eagle Film City, predecessor to the Norman Studios, 1916