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Jacksonville, Florida - Last Silent Movie Studio in Jacksonville
In the early 1900s, Jacksonville was a busy spot for silent movie-making because it was too snowy in the northern states to work all year long. There is still one studio building standing from those days. The side and back of the lot is surrounded by a temporary chain link fence, but you can still walk up to the front door and pose for pictures or stand on the doorstep.
Norman Studios was the only one that filmed silent movies with all Black/African-American ("All-Colored" it was called) casts, in real-life-type roles instead of the stereotypical roles for Blacks that were filmed back then.
The Studios were recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places. A local support organization is raising money to restore the inside as well. There are fundraising silent movie public screenings with a live band accompanying the film, the way it used to be done in the 1920s, which is a really neat experience (The Norman Studios website tells when and where these showings are held). Folks like me have lived in Jacksonville for decades and never knew this building was even here, although we'd driven past it many times![Sue S., 02/26/2015]
- 6327 Arlington Rd, Jacksonville, FL
- East side of the city, about a mile east of the St. Johns River. On the north side of Arlington Rd just east of its intersection with Westdale Drive.
- Gardena, California - Big Doughnut, Donut King II
Better to go during daylight. They do not illuminate the giant doughnut at night.[Marty Smith, 02/26/2015]
Donut King II
- 15032 S. Western Ave, Gardena, CA
- Donut King II, corner of Marine Ave. and South Western Ave.
- Portland, Oregon - The Faux Museum
As of February, 2015, the Faux Museum is closed. Just some lettering on the window of an empty storefront...[Chris (CP) Powell, 02/26/2015]
- Downtown, west side of the river. On the southwest corner of NW 2nd Ave. and NW Davis St.
- Feb. 2015: Reported closed.
Cordele, Georgia - Confederate Nuclear Missile
This missile stands in a parking lot right next to the road.[Carolyn Earle, 02/26/2015]
The Confederate States of America ceased to exist in 1865, but that didn't stop "Confederate Air Force Pad No. 1" from receiving this missile in 1969. Yankees, beware!
Pahrump, Nevada - Seemoore's Ice Cream
Seemoore's Ice Cream claims to be the World's Tallest Ice Cream Stand. I don't know if it's open for business, but the building is still there.[Marie J., 02/26/2015]
- Hwy 372, Pahrump, NV
- Seemoore's. West side of town. On the northeast corner of Hwy 372 and S. Blagg Rd, across from the Shell gas station.