RKO Studios …

First, let me begin by saying what a pefectly lovely day it was in Lala land today. Gray and cloudy with a crisp wind–the air was pregnant with autumn whispers and i loved every moment of it. We take what we can get here in Los Angeles, and I severely miss my seasons so today was a terrific treat for me.

Today on my walk back from the market, I passed Paramount Studios as usual. I normally take a smaller street, but it seemed easier to just walk down Melrose to my apartment. Passing Gower, my sight fixed upon the blue globe on the top of the building that hugs Gower and Melrose. I see it everyday. Only today did I actually take notice of it. Odd, it seemed, sitting there on the corner all by its lonesome as it has for God know’s how long.

And so I access USC’s inexplicably brilliant photo archive and find that it indeed was once a part of RKO stuios, as the entire east side of Paramount used to be. I am infinitely ashamed of myself for not having known … and still thrilled to know that at least some semblance of that fabulous past is still around … if only in the slightest of effigies.

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Film writer and social media marketing professional. 2019 Social Ambassador for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Previously: social media associate at Warner Archive and script writer for Turner Classic Movies. Working on a Montgomery Clift biography due late 2020.

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