Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Los Angeles

From: Chris Routledge (
Date: 07 Sep 2001

At 07:48 AM 9/7/01 -0400, someone wrote:
>>Also the mob was
>>pretty much tied up in the industry from the beginning, wasn't it?

And Kevin replied:
>Um, was it? The film industry preceded Prohibition, so the Mob, if it
>existed at all, wouldn't have been this big powerful entity at the

It's my understanding that Hollywood as a centre for the film industry didn't really take off until the nineteen teens. Nestor Studios was first in 1910, ironically the same year movie theaters were banned in the town. If I remember right, there wasn't a (legal) movie theater in Hollywood until 1914. So with the Volstead Act coming in 1919, film and bootlegging in LA are close, historically. One theory might be that as Hollywood became a centre for debauchery, Prohibition couldn't have been far behind.


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