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Unread post by Frederica » Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:59 pm

Brent Walker wrote:Well, a director not a star, but there's Cecil B. DeMille Middle School in Long Beach, California (I drive past it 2-3 times a week):

http://www2.lbusd.k12.ca.us/demille/index.htm
Wow. I can just imagine the school plays.
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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:15 pm

Oh man, I'd love to see them do Our Town or You're a Good Man Charlie Brown in the style of DeMille.
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Unread post by rollot24 » Fri Apr 30, 2010 3:25 pm

Mike Gebert wrote:Oh man, I'd love to see them do Our Town or You're a Good Man Charlie Brown in the style of DeMille.
Especially "Charlie Brown" , I would pay to see that.

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Unread post by Brent Walker » Mon May 03, 2010 1:20 pm

Frederica wrote:
Brent Walker wrote:Well, a director not a star, but there's Cecil B. DeMille Middle School in Long Beach, California (I drive past it 2-3 times a week):

http://www2.lbusd.k12.ca.us/demille/index.htm
Wow. I can just imagine the school plays.

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There are streets in Culver city

Unread post by Michael F. Blake » Mon May 03, 2010 3:38 pm

named after Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garlnd and other MGM stars. It is the housing development where old MGM Lot 2 was located.

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Unread post by silentfilm » Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:27 pm

In Yucca Valley, California, you can live on Tom Mix Road, Roy Rogers Road, William S. Hart Road, or Dale Evans Drive. There is even a Minna Gombell Lane.

http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&rl ... CBMQ8gEwAA

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Unread post by barry byrne » Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:54 pm

Flyin' A wrote:I wonder if there's any other schools or High Schools named after silent film stars?

I know of (W.S.) Hart High School in Newhall, CA.

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Streets named for stars

Unread post by moviepas » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:40 am

Somewhere in USA there was/or/is an intersection where the signpost names read Elmo one way and Lincoln the other. After the first Tarzan or a coincidence???

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Unread post by greta de groat » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:30 am

The main drag in Kingman Arizona is Andy Devine Avenue.

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Unread post by silentfilm » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:00 pm

Reviving an old thread, there's a Tom Mix Trail in Prescott, Arizona. It's close to Miracle Rider Road, too... :D

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=tom+mix+t ... CBoQ8gEwAA

And Pioneertown, California has Tom Mix Road, Roy Rogers Road, and William S. Hart Road. A little further south, is Dale Evans Drive, Red Ryder Road, and Minna Gombell Lane!

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=%22Willia ... =en&tab=wl

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Unread post by sepiatone » Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:33 pm

Fort Lee , New Jersey changed an intersection Main Street & Central Road to John Barrymore Way in 2009. Barrymore as a teenager had served on the local fire department of which his father also belonged.

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Unread post by Holmes » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:17 pm

There's also Harry Langdon Boulevard in his hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=harry+lan ... 07031&z=15" target="_blank
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Unread post by Jim Roots » Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:45 pm

sepiatone wrote:Fort Lee , New Jersey changed an intersection Main Street & Central Road to John Barrymore Way in 2009. Barrymore as a teenager had served on the local fire department of which his father also belonged.
Oh geez, can't you just see him in all the arrogance of his teenaged beauty, hanging on to the side of a careening fire-truck and making sure his profile is always turned to the ladies watching from the sidewalks?

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Jim Roots wrote:Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa up here in Canada, has a large neighbourhood where street names honour Canadian entertainers. The main throughfare is Pickford Drive. Frederica will be thrilled to know it intersects with, among many others, Shearer Crescent...
I notice that it also has Nanook Crescent and Nanook Court.


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Unread post by telical » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:26 pm

In West Islip, New York, on Long Island, there is a street called
Tallulah Lane. It's a pretty old part of Long Island, but not sure
when it was named. It may have been named after Tallulah Bankhead.
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Unread post by Goldedstar » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:50 pm

Holmes wrote:There's also Harry Langdon Boulevard in his hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=harry+lan ... 07031&z=15" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank

Oh wow, my first time seeing this!! Thank you so much Holmes for providing the link. I don't know why I haven't thought to look this up. I've looked up the last house he lived/died in but I never thought to look up Harry Langdon Boulevard. Thank you so sharing my friend. :D

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Unread post by Brooksie » Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:36 pm

Amazingly, I've just stumbled across an Australian equivalent to this, in North Sydney (http://goo.gl/maps/oujeV). There's a little pocket where the streets are all named after famous Australian performers of the 30s and 40s, mostly stage actors. Roy Rene, Gladys Moncrieff and Peter Finch are represented. I have no idea what the story is, but I think I'm the only person on earth who would have noticed!

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Unread post by silentfilm » Wed Dec 04, 2013 7:31 am

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2013/12/s ... _names.php

Selig Polyscope Development In Echo Park Getting Adorable Film History Street Names
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, by Neal Broverman

Before Hollywood was Hollywood!, one of LA's first movie factories, the Selig Polyscope studio, set up shop in Edendale, around the border between Echo Park and Silver Lake. More than a century later, developer Trumark is building a project called SL70 on the now-empty parcel; the collection of 70 little houses is being built under the city's small lot subdivision ordinance and units are expected to go for about $600k each. In an attempt to honor the site's history, Trumark is giving the tiny streets in the new development names like Silent Era Drive and Silent Era Road (confusing), Selig Drive, and Tom Mix Road, named after the famous Western star minted at Selig Polyscope. The studio, by the way, changed hands several times and at one time was taken over by Fox. The area now straddles crazy Glendale Boulevard and the 2 Freeway, so buyers may want air purifiers.

http://www.theeastsiderla.com/2013/11/w ... -mix-road/

Would you pay $600,000 to live on Tom Mix Road?

November 27, 2013

The site of the city’s first permanent movie studio that opened more than a century ago on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake will soon be covered with 70 homes. While the Selig Polyscope studio is long gone, the developer of what is know as SL70 project has decided to honor the place where the studios of Edendale – as the area was once known – began churning out silent films and minting some of the industry’s first movie stars. ”We worked hard to create a subtle, but substantive way to pay homage to this properties history,” Mark Higgins, Senior Vice President at Trumark. But instead of a plaque, Trumark decided to honor Selig-Polyscope with street names in the small-lot development:

Edendale Lane
Fox Lane (named after William Fox, who purchased the selig-Polyscope studio)
Polyscope Place
Silent Era Drive
Silent Era Road
Selig Drive
Tom Mix Road (named after the actor who became a star in movie Westerns produced by Selig-Polyscope)

Higgins said it took some convincing but city officials finally signed off on the studio-related names.

The first batch of homes, priced in the $600,000-range, are expected to be completed early next year.

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Unread post by Brooksie » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:23 pm

Just because I haven't seen it noted elsewhere in this thread, I'll add the fact that the road alongside the old Thomas Ince studio in Culver City is Ince Boulevard.

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Unread post by silentfilm » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:07 pm

Here's a new one, Laura La Plante Drive in Agoura Hills, California.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Laura ... 97842b6096

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:37 pm

I forgot about this thread when I mentioned this factoid recently, but Chateau Marmont, the scandalous Hollywood playpen where John Belushi died, is named for Marmont street that it's on, and that is named for Percy Marmont.
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Unread post by elliothearst » Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:56 am

LaBrea should be renamed Chaplin Avenue.

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Unread post by Frederica » Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:49 am

elliothearst wrote:LaBrea should be renamed Chaplin Avenue.
It's kinda long and then there's those tar pits. There is a Charlie Chaplin Avenue in Las Vegas.
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Unread post by sepiatone » Fri Mar 20, 2015 11:20 am

Wallace Beery has a whole island named after him, a small island where he used to go fishing at Silver Lake California.

Jack Barrymore, a street or highway in New Jersey. Isn't everything a turnpike in NJ? :lol: (*mentioned previously)
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Unread post by silentfilm » Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:09 am

Here's a new one I found accidentally, Billie Dove Court, in Sparks, Nevada:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Billi ... 19.6899132

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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:32 pm

Of course there is Bow Street in London, unless my history's up the creek...

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Unread post by silentfilm » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:51 am

On the Saint-Priest map that you linked, there are streets named for Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Alice Guy Blaché, plus French sound actors Jean Carmet, Louis de Funès Annie Giradot, and Bernadette LaFont, and "Modern Times Avenue"!

The second map has "Rue John Ford", "Rue Georges Méliès", "Rue Charlie Chaplin" and "Allée Buster Keaton". (Plus Rue Louis Malle and Avenue Roberto Rossollini).

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:41 pm

So I wondered where Saint-Priest was. Turns out is about two miles from the hotel in Lyon we will be in, in July. (It's a suburb of Lyon.)

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