WAY BACK WHEN IN SB: The End of Our Silent Movie Days

Santa Barbara News-Press, April 4, 1943

Dateline: April 1943

The “Flying A” ceased operating in 1921. A few Hollywood studios came here to film on the studio’s property in the 1920s, but the end finally came in 1943 when the remaining studio property was demolished except for the studio building at the corner of Mission and Chapala streets, and a portion of the administration building that still stand. – Santa Barbara News-Press, April 4, 1943

Longtime Santa Barbara resident Mary Grimm told me that “During the war years in the 40s, the studios had been torn down and just the cement floors remained. The neighborhood kids used to go over there with our roller skates and brooms, sweep the trash aside, and have a grand time roller skating.”

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