Norman Studios is proud to participate in Celebrate Arlington, our third community revitalization festival.
Some of our members were part of Old Arlington Inc., our parent group, which was founded in 1993. Community revitalization was one of their major goals. This remained a major goal for Norman Studios Silent Film Museum, Inc., when we incorporated in 2007, to concentrate on developing this important property. We believed that this 106 year old property could be a catalyst for developing an International Silent and Race Film Center. In 1916 Norman Studios was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.
The City purchased the badly deteriorated property in 2000 and completed the stabilization and exterior restoration in 2008. Since 2012, our all-volunteer NSSFM has been a partner with .
JAXPARKS. We have conducted more than 400 tours and presentations, and partnered in numerous community festivals, as we generated publicity and support for Norman Studios. Working with Jacksonville University Music Professor Tony Steve and Hotel Indigo’s Beth Chambers, we had five years of Silent Sundays, before the Pandemic closed the successful series.
In 2020, the City used a CIP to kick-off the renovation of the Production Building, to provide a space for NSSFM to install a museum. Many Covid-related obstacles have delayed the completion. We do not know if we will receive the required Certificate of Occupancy in time for the tours during Celebrate Arlington .However, we have two special events on campus. And there will be numerous events as soon as possible.
Please visit www.CelebrateArlington.org to discover all the activities that are happening from September 24 through October 2. Be sure to visit Norman Studios for our special events.
- We have a Community Bazaar with vendors, tours, and activities on September 24 from 10am to 3pm. This is the kickoff for a monthly event.
Get your Community Bazaar tickets here…
- Our other event is our second annual “Silent Movies under the Stars” sponsored by the Arlington Council of the Chamber on September 30 from 5pm to 9pm.
Get your “Silent Movies Under the Stars” tickets here…
We look forward to seeing you at Norman Studios. And hope you will continue your much appreciated support.