Rediscovering Lost Movie Sites

Filming sites of early silent movies survive in New York and New Jersey and many dedicated researchers are rediscovering them and documenting their existence.

Surveying Silent Film Sites


Photo source: New York Times, Fort Lee Film Commission. “Theda Bara, left, filmed in “Carmen” in about 1915 in Fort Lee, N.J., vamping on a rock still visible at an apartment complex on Main Street.”


British officers examine the Petty’s Run exhibit

Historical reenactors/staff from the Old Barracks. Steel from the furnace at Petty’s Run was used in the fight against the British during the American Revolution.

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