Monday, July 1, 2019

The Studio Chapter Summer Movie Time

Hello Studio Chapter Family and Friends – looks like warmer weather is finally on the immediate horizon. This may be a good or bad thing depending on your preferences. Regardless, we hope you are enjoying your summer. And since summer is here it’s time for a movie night! Our 'resident' film historian, Annick, will be presenting some films preceded by an always informative and interesting presentation. Although the July date is our only ‘official’ get together for the chapter, everyone is invited to attend both dates. And the price is right – FREE! Just bring your own folding/lawn chair. For July we will first meet at Coco’s for a late lunch early dinner. Information can be found below. We hope to see you soon. Stay cool!

July Film and Dinner at Coco’s:

July 13, 7:30pm- From Annick:  “A Tribute to Hal Roach- I’ll be exploring Hal Roach's contributions to both Hollywood and Arcadia history and the stars he helped create. At his Culver City studio, he produced some of the most popular comedy shorts starring Laurel and Hardy and the Our Gang kids (aka The Little Rascals). We'll be seeing 3 films: "Ask Grandma," an Our Gang short from the silent era, and then Roach's 2 Oscar winners: Laurel and Hardy's "The Music Box" and Our Gang's "Bored of Education." And, of course, since this is a club meeting, there will be some Disney connections!”

First Stop – Arcadia Coco’s for dinner. Meet at 4:30. We usually try to get a table in the back room. Regular menu prices apply. Please try to bring cash. Coco’s is located at 1150 Colorado St, Arcadia, CA 91007
Second Stop - Arcadia Heritage Museum. Meet at 7:00. Museum is located at 380 W Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007 (Museum is less than 10 min from Coco’s and there is free parking.) Movie takes place in the patio area around the back. Walk the pathway on either side of the building to reach the patio. You can enter the museum from the patio to use restrooms or visit the museum. Don’t forget your lawn chair and water/soda. Popcorn provided by the museum.

August Film – not a club outing but everyone is invited!

August 10, 7:30pm-From Annick: "Hell's Angels"- Directed and produced by billionaire Howard Hughes, this World War I drama was partially filmed at the Army's Ross Field balloon school in Arcadia. The aerial footage is still considered some of the best every filmed. And, this was the movie that made Jean Harlow a sex symbol star!


Saturday, April 6, 2019

Studio Chapter April Field Trip!

We have another field trip coming up this coming Saturday April 13th. This time in South Eastern Los Angeles County – historic home of The Carpenters, LA County Dairy Farms, Orange Groves and classic 1950’s architecture and culture (not-to-mention the world’s oldest operating McDonalds). All the information you need is below along with some links to some interesting articles. We hope you can join us. As always no need to RSVP but if you are going to join us and want us to look out for you feel free to RSVP at our email address at the bottom of this post. See you real soon!

Saturday April 13th – starting at 10:30 AM

Los Angeles County Fire Museum, 16400 Bellflower Boulevard, Bellflower, CA 90706
$5 Donation Requested at the Museum
Parking: Parking is available behind the Museum’s 16400 Bellflower Blvd location. Access this lot via Oak Street.

Second StopLUNCH at Bob’s Big Boy Broiler
7447 Firestone Boulevard, Downey, Ca 90241 (parking lot at the restaurant)
This is about a 5-10 min drive from the Fire Museum. Take Bellflower Blvd north until it ends at Lakewood and veer right. Get in the left land and make a left at Firestone Blvd. Bob’s will be on the right hand side about ½ mile. You can’t miss it!
For a short but interesting history on this place visit the LA Conservancy here:

Third and Final Stop - Columbia Memorial Space Center
12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
$3 - $5 admission – free parking
This small museum sits on what was a massive Aerospace campus that closed in 1999 after 70 years in business. At its height it employed over 25,000 people. It now houses two very large outdoor dining and shopping centers and a large Kaiser hospital/campus. (And for a short time a movie studio!) For an interesting read on this, please visit:

Studio Chapter Info:

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Hello Studio Chapter Family and Friends – Info is below for our first activity this month. We sent out a full PDF listing of our 2019 activities. If you are not on our email distribution list please contact us at our email and we'll include you! Hope to see you this month and throughout 2019!

Ready for a road trip? Let's Go!

March 30th - 11AM  - meet at the Hilbert Museum entrance at 11AM. After the museums we’ll find a place for lunch in Old Town Orange. RSVP if you want us to look out for you!
Chapman University Hilbert Museum of California Art, 167 N Atchison Street, Orange, CA 92866
Chapman University Leatherby Library - 222 University Drive, Orange, CA 92866

Studio Chapter Info:

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Studio Chapter October Field Trip

Happy Halloween Time! The October 20th field trip to the Garner Holt exhibits in San Bernardino County is still on! We just have not had a chance to get the details out until now. We’ll be visiting the Garner Holt “Mechanized Magic: 40 Years of Garner Holt Productions in San Bernardino County” first, then lunch at a local restaurant then we’ll visit the Lincoln Memorial Shrine afterwards to see the exhibit and the amazing Animatronic of Lincoln created by Garner Holt Productions. (Note the shrine does not open until 1PM.) Please meet promptly at 10AM. We’ll wait about 10 min before we head into the museum. If you know you can make it and would like to RSVP or have any questions please contact us at Please bring cash if you plan on eating at the restaurant. See you then!

Saturday October 20th. Cost and locations below…

First Stop – San Bernardino County Museum.
  • 10 AM at Museum Entrance
  • The San Bernardino County Museum is at 2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands 92374. (California Street Exit)
  • Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Parking is free.
  • “Mechanized Magic: 40 Years of Garner Holt Productions in San Bernardino County” is included with museum general admission. For more information, visit

Second Stop – Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Lunch at ‘The Eating Room’ which is close to the Lincoln Shrine at 107 East Citrus Ave, Redlands 92373
  • Website and menu:  
  • Estimated meet time for lunch is 12:30PM depending on how long we take at the museum.
  • Please bring cash to make paying the bill easier.

Third Stop – Lincoln Memorial Shrine.
  • Meet up time will depend on the first two stops but should be around 2PM.
  • Lincoln Memorial Shrine is at 125 West Vine Street, Redlands, CA. Cost is $5. They are open 1PM to 5PM.
  • ‘Reflections of the face of Lincoln’. For more info, visit

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Studio Chapter Meeting Update & More!

Today we have information on our March get-together and some other updates for you. First up is our March get-together on Saturday March 17th. We’ll be meeting up at Downtown Disney to see ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ with lunch afterwards at either Rainforest CafĂ© or ESPN Zone. We don’t have the exact show times yet but we’ll catch the first showing which is usually between 10 and 11 AM which would make lunch around 12:30 to 1:30 PM. We do not plan to go into the parks as a group so for those who don’t have AP’s--no worries. We can also arrange carpools with AP’s to avoid parking fees. Just let us know! As soon as they post show times we’ll send an update.
Next we have a few meeting and other activities for your calendar.

UPDATE 03/14/18:
Show Time for A Wrinkle in Time at AMC Downtown Disney this Saturday is 10:45 AM so we will keep our meet up time at 10 – 10:15 AM at AMC. Please allow time for parking, etc. For those who asked this is not a 3D showing. If you’re coming only for lunch please meet at the AMC around 1 PM. The movie should be done around that time give or take 15 min. We can decide as a group whether to eat at Rainforest or ESPN Zone. (We are opting for either of these as they will be torn down once hotel construction starts in a couple of years.) Don’t forget your umbrella! 

Upcoming Studio Chapter Meetings:
May Meeting – Hasn’t been determined yet but will most likely be Saturday May 19th.
July Meeting – Saturday July 21st. We’ll have a meeting and dinner at Coco’s in Arcadia then head over to the Arcadia Heritage Museum for movie night and a talk about the movie by chapter member and film historian Annick Downhower. (Movie is to be determined but always has a connection to or was partially filmed in the Arcadia area—often with some Disney connections too.)

Other Recommended Activities You May Be Interested In:
The Young Americans-Showstoppers – March 2nd through 4th La Mirada Theater.
DFC Road Rally – Saturday March 10th.
Huell Howser commemorative day at Paramount Ranch – Saturday May 12th.
Disney Newsies! – June 1st – 24th La Mirada Theater.

For Your Reading Pleasure:
In case you missed it. More write-ups on our December and January meetings to come soon.
Film reviews (Disney and other studios) by chapter member Annick Downhower:
A new book from chapter member Paula Hasler ‘Once Upon a Creative Path’ -