Jacksonville Film History Tour

Before there was a Hollywood, there was a Jacksonville! "The World’s Winter Film Capital".

In the early 1900s, Jacksonville became known as “the World’s Winter Film Capital”. The city's moderate climate and diverse scenery made it a gem for filming with more than 30 film companies calling Jacksonville home. Studios and film manufacturing companies were built in Springfield, Riverside, Arlington and along the Downtown Southbank.

In 1908, Kalem Studio out of New York City was the first to set up shop in the Tallyrand area. Shortly after, MGM Studios opened a subsidiary called Metro Studio. Before long there was an influx of film production companies. Eagle Film Studios built in 1916 and later became Norman Studios, a historical redevelopment staple in the Arlington community making African-American movies Jacksonville, the first of its kind.

Follow the map tour for descriptions of each film studio, movie house & theatre. Download our app and follow along 16 stops on the Film Fun Fact tour.