FUN WITH MAPS ISSUE 2024-088

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 8, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we celebrate the founding of a film company in L.A. on this date 112 years ago.

Beam Me Up Scotty

The Famous Players Film Company was founded in Los Angeles on May 8, 1912 by Hungarian born Adolph Zukor.  It evolved to become Paramount Pictures.

The company survived reorganization, mergers, near bankruptcy, being sued by the US Government for owning movie theater chains, and for pre-selling movie rights prior to production.  Not bad for 40 years of existence.  Then more mergers and acquisitions followed, but Paramount survived.

Paramount is the second oldest surviving movie studio in the US after Universal, and is one of the five large studios headquartered in Los Angeles, along with Universal, Warner Brothers, Sony and Disney.

Some of Paramount Pictures’ releases are: Indiana Jones, Star Trek, The Godfather, Footloose, Top Gun, Naked Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, The War of the Worlds, Hopalong Cassidy, Grease, Love Story, etc.

This Freeway Planning Map of Los Angeles is from 1953.  Existing freeways are shown in orange.

Map of the Los Angeles Freeway system (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.