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‘The Clansman’ Comes to Los Angeles – Part 2

A photo from an ad for “The Clansman” in the Los Angeles Herald, 1908. Several weeks ago, I stumbled across a program from the Mason Opera House, announcing the upcoming production of “The Clansman,” the play by Thomas Dixon Jr. … Continue reading

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‘The Clansman’ Comes to Los Angeles – 1908

A 1908 program from the Mason Opera House has been listed on EBay with an ad for an upcoming production of “The Clansman,” a play adapted from  Thomas  Dixon’s novels “The Leopard’s Spots” and “The Clansman” and turned into D.W. … Continue reading

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Over Protests of Racism, ‘The Clansman’ Opens in Los Angeles

Feb. 9, 1915: The Los Angeles premiere of D.W. Griffith’s “The Clansman” (later retitled “The Birth of a Nation”) provokes protests and an attempt to prevent Clune’s Auditorium from showing the film, which was based on Thomas Dixon’s “The Clansman.” … Continue reading

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June 20, 1938

609 E. 2nd St. in 1938, above, and the neighborhood via Google street view, below. At left, thugs vandalizing Jewish businesses in Berlin observe a day of rest. Above, D.W. Griffith’s "Birth of a Nation" at the Criterion, 7th and … Continue reading

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