Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
American Éclair Studios
Linwood Avenue • Fort Lee, NJ
—Film History Was Made Here —
In 1911, the Société Francaise des Films et Cinematographs Éclair purchased land on the west side of Linwood Avenue for the construction of a motion picture studio in downtown Fort Lee. Éclair was a manufacturer of film and film apparatus founded in Paris in 1907. Their Fort Lee studio, a greenhouse-like structure with a 60 by 30 foot stage, was intended to produce short films for the growing American nickelodeon market. French technicians, including director Etienne Arnaud, cameraman Lucien Andriot, and set designer Ben Carré, communicated with their American employees through the aid of an interpreter.
Films made here in 1912 included “Robin Hood,” “The Raven,” and “Saved from the Titanic,” in which Éclair star Dorothy Gibson recreated her escape from the doomed liner immediately following her rescue. That same year Éclair sent pioneer film animator Emile Cohl to Fort Lee, where he produced the first animated cartoon series, “The Newlyweds,” featuring Baby Snookums. Poster artists employed by Éclair included the young Edward Hopper.
Éclair expanded their studio and film laboratory in 1913, but on March 19, 1914 the laboratory was destroyed by fire when the flammable nitrate film ignited.
Location. 40° 51.305′ N, 73° 58.433′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is on Linwood Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located in Constitution Park in Fort Lee. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lee NJ 07024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. F. F. Fred Cavaliere (within shouting distance of this marker); Willat/Fox & Triangle Studios (within shouting distance of this marker); World/Peerless & Metropolitan Studios (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (about 300 feet away); Washington’s Retreat to Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Washington’s Retreat to Victory (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Washington’s Retreat to Victory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Solax Studios (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Lee.
More about this marker. Several images appear on the marker,
Along the bottom of the marker are a series of pictures featuring Faces of American Éclair Studios. These include Robert Frazer (Actor), Francis Doublier (Cinematographer), Barbara Tennant (Actress), Muriel Ostriche (Actress), Dorothy Gibson (Actress), Emile Cohl (Animator), and Baby Snookums (Animation).
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