Welcome To The Norman Studios ~ Jacksonville’s Only Surviving Silent Film Studio Complex

Founded in 1916 Jacksonville, FL as Eagle Film City and purchased by Richard E.Norman in 1921, the  Norman Studios was among the nation’s first to produce “race films” starring African American characters in positive, non-stereotypical roles. Today, Norman’s five-building studio complex survives in Jacksonville’s Old Arlington neighborhood. Our 501(c)3 organization is working to reunify, restore and reopen this historic complex as a thriving community, learning, research and tourism center. Want to play a supporting role in the Norman Studios’ epic comeback? There are lots of ways to get involved. Please join our cast!

90th Anniversary of The Flying Ace

See it where it started!

Richard Norman’s 1926 silent thriller, The Flying Ace, was his most successful – And we’re celebrating its 90th anniversary! Inspired by Bessie Coleman, America’s first black female aviator, the film proved an inspiration to the next generation of history-making aviators, as many of the young boys who saw the film in theaters grew up to become Tuskegee Airmen. Now, you can see the “six smashing reels” of “thrills, love, laughs and mystery” on the very spot where it was filmed – the Norman Studios property and the adjacent Circle of Faith Ministries in historic Old Arlington. Get your tickets now to The Norman Studios’ Prevew & Reunification Campaign Kickoff August 25 to see the film and tour the site. Seating is limited and spots are going fast, so reserve yours today.


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