Chicago: The First Hollywood | Newberry

Chicago: The First Hollywood

Led by Dr. Annette Bochenek
Saturday, June 18, 2022
One session. Saturday, June 18



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Class Description

Before the film industry moved West, it was firmly rooted in Chicago. Some of its key players included Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, “Broncho Billy” Anderson, and many more.

Join film historian Dr. Annette Bochenek for a presentation about the film industry’s early days in Chicago, as she discusses former silent film studios in Chicago, film stars who worked in Chicago, and the legacies of these studios and stars today. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories.

Dr. Annette Bochenek is an archivist, professor, film historian, and avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the “Hometowns to Hollywood” blog, in which she profiles her trips to the hometowns of classic Hollywood stars.

This class will meet virtually on Zoom. Questions about the virtual learning experience? See our FAQ.

Materials List


  • No Required Materials

First Reading:

  • No first reading assignment

Cost and Registration Information 

One session. Registration: $50 ($45 for Newberry members, seniors, and students)

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