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The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival

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The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival

TCM Classic Film Festival

The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival

As far as matters of its own history goes, Los Angeles has a reputation for having one eye set to the rear-view mirror, the other eye focused more intently on what’s happening in the trendy, modern now. Districts like Bunker Hill and neighborhoods like Chavez Ravine remain sobering monuments to aggressive urban development (and residential displacement), though groups like the Los Angeles Conservancy and other organizations dedicated to social responsiveness and representation of the citizenry have been aggressively and successfully raising funds, awareness, and levels of appreciation for Los Angeles history and the city’s landmarks for several decades now. But in the city that once almost exclusively signified the heart of movie production in less globally focused times, while some original studio sites are still in use or at least recognizable, many others have been lost: The historic Pickfair Studios in West Hollywood, where Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks first formed United Artists, the first artist-run movie studio, during the silent era, fell victim to “progress” just three years ago.