Republic Pictures Celebrates 75 Years

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Republic Pictures, renowned for its westerns, movie serials, and B-films, turns 75 years old this year. In honor of this momentous anniversary, the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Studio City Neighborhood Council and Museum of the San Fernando Valley will host a series of events celebrating the studio.

The American Cinematheque hosts a Republic Pictures evening Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. Scheduled films include It’s a Grand Old Nag (1947); Republic’s only cartoon, Meet Roy Rogers (1941); Under Western Stars (1938), Roger’s first starring role; and South Of the Border (1939), starring Gene Autry. Tickets cost $7 for members, $9 for students and seniors, and $11 for general admission.

Please visit www.fandango.com to buy tickets.

Film historian Marc Wanamaker will highlight the history of the studio with a talk and slide presentation at the Studio City Library Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The anniversary culminates with a free celebration Saturday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CBS Studio Center, 4024 Radford Ave. in Studio City. Activities will include a Kids Art Corner, cancellation of the United States Postal Service’s Cowboys of the Silver Screen postage stamps, special entertainment, musical performances, film screenings, memorabilia and speakers’ forums. Celebrities such as Leonard Maltin, Adrian Booth, Diana Canova, Herb Jeffries, Anne Jeffreys, Joan Leslie, Hugh O’Brian, Peggy Stewart, Jane Withers, and others will appear, schedules permitting.

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