Legendary actors kick off commemoration of Republic Pictures 75th Anniversary

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Anna Maria Alberghetti, Hugh O’Brian, Jane Withers and Marjorie Lord were among the 18 legendary Republic Pictures stars who unveiled the new Republic Pictures sign on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at CBS Studio Center on the Western Walk of Fame.

The event kicked off a month long commemoration of Republic Pictures 75th Anniversary coordinated by the Studio City Neighborhood Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee. The new Republic Pictures sign will be affixed to the CBS Studio Center building above the former gate entrance at Carpenter Avenue

Founded in 1935 by Herbert J. Yates, Republic Pictures is recognized for its westerns, movie serials and B-films emphasizing mystery and action, the staples of Saturday afternoon matinees. Throughout its 24-year history, Republic launched the careers of John Wayne, Gene Autry, Rex Allen, and Roy Rogers, and provided believable special effects for  The Adventures of Captain Marvel and Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe serials. The former Republic Pictures lot is now home to CBS Studio Center.

Front row (left to right): Anne Jeffreys, Ann Rutherford, Joan Leslie, Adrian Booth, Coleen Gray, Shirley Mitchell, Jane Withers. Back row (left to right): Hugh O’Brian, Ben Cooper, Marjorie Lord, Dick Jones, Tommy Cook, Donna Martell, Marsha Hunt, Eilene Janssen, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Jane Kean. Note: Peggy Stewart was at sign unveiling ceremony but not present for photograph. Photo credit Lee Davis, © 2010

Other local events planned for the 75th anniversary of Republic Pictures include:

• On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 the Egyptian Theatre presents Republic Pictures films and trailers with live “vaudeville” entertainment. 7:30 P.M. at 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. Ticket prices can be found at www.americancinematheque.com

• On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, the Studio City Branch Library welcomes Marc Wanamaker, Los Angeles and Motion Picture historian, as he speaks to guests on the history of Studio City and Republic Pictures. 7 P.M. at 12511 Moorpark St., Studio City, CA 91604. Free admission.

• And, finally, on Saturday, September 25, 2010, free of charge to the public, a grand Republic Pictures 75th Anniversary Event takes place from 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. at the former Republic Studios lot, CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave, Studio City, CA. 91604. The day will include celebrity speakers’ forums, memorabilia and merchant stands, live music and entertainment, Republic Pictures movies, serials and trailers, children’s activity center, food and drink…and more!

For more information, go to www.republicpictures75th.com

Lisa Cahan Davis is the Studio City Neighborhood Council Outreach Chairperson

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