What Los Angeles Can Learn From the Warner Bros.

As Hollywood goes “on location” on a more regular basis, the bold spirit of the industry’s pioneers can translate to dollars in the LA economy

by Michael Kelly

With his brother Sam, Jack Warner (pictured) procured the technology for the film industry’s first talking picture.

In 1917, Jack Warner was summoned to Los Angeles by one of his older brothers, Sam, to create a foothold in the fledgling movie-making business. The Warner brothers – Albert, Harry, Sam, and Jack – were already well established in the movie exhibition business but saw the real opportunity in producing movies. By 1927, their studio was the first to produce a movie with both sound and dialogue, The Jazz Singer, which went on to set the new standard for the motion picture industry.

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