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Unread post by silentfilm » Sun Sep 21, 2008 5:30 am

Harry Langdon Way, in Council Bluffs, Iowa
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=%22 ... iwloc=addr

The Fort Lee (New Jersey) Film Commission dedicated Main Street and Linwood Avenue in Fort Lee, New Jersey, as "Theda Bara Way" in May of 2006 to honor Ms. Bara who made many films and shot to stardom at the Fox Studio on Linwood and Main. It does not show up on a Google map.

There's Rue de Valle, where apparently Rudy Valee lived.
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=S+R ... iwloc=addr

There's (Ben) Turpin Way in Fremont (formerly Niles) California. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... yer=x&z=17

Fremont also has Chaplin Drive. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... iwloc=addr

Fremont's Anderson Avenue was named after Broncho Billy Anderson. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... =UTF8&z=17

There's Lillian Gish Boulevard in Massillion, Ohio. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... iwloc=addr

There's Pickford Street in Los Angeles, California http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... iwloc=addr

There's Fairbanks Way and Pickford Way in Culver City, California. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... 32959&z=16

Los Angeles also has De Mille Drive http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... iwloc=addr

There's (Jean) Hersholt Ave in Lakewood, California. Notice that it is one block away from (Gene) Autry Avenue. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... =UTF8&z=15 Just north-east notice that the streets Amos and Andy intersect. All of these streets were named after radio performers, but Hersholt had appeared in silent films, and the others of course were in sound films.

Farrell drive in Palm Springs, California was named after silent-film actor and later mayor Charles Farrell. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... iwloc=addr

Selig Place, Los Angeles is where the (William) Selig Studio Zoo used to be.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... iwloc=addr

Across from Paramount Studios is (Rudy) Valentino Place in Los Angeles http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... 04597&z=18

In Port Richey, Florida there is a (Thomas) Meighan Court, where Meighan used to have a house. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... iwloc=addr

In Encino, California, Chaplin Avenue is next to Tara Drive and Ashley Oak, which is where Clark Gable's old ranch used to be. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... =UTF8&z=17

Also in Encino is Edward E. Horton Lane. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... iwloc=addr

In Berkeley, California, there are Wheeler and Woolsey streets, which intersect, of course. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... 16479&z=17

Rochester Circle in Los Angeles as named after Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, of sound film and Jack Benny Show fame. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... iwloc=addr

Akron, Ohio has (John) Barrymore Avenue, (Mickey) Rooney Avenue, (Ronald) Coleman (sic) Drive, (Shirley) Temple Avenue, and (Gene) Autry Avenue. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... =UTF8&z=17

The winner for the most street names has to be Sun City / Ruskin, Florida with the following names: (John) Barrymore Drive, (Betty) Blythe Avenue, (Lon) Chaney Drive, (Betty) Compson Circle, (Thomas) Ince Drive, (Pauline) Garon Avenue, (D.W.) Griffith Avenue, (Harold) Lloyd Drive, (Thomas) Meighan Drive, Nazimova Avenue, (Marshall) Neilan Drive, (Olga) Petrova Circle, (Mary) Pickford Avenue, (Norma) Shearer Avenue, (Constance and Norma) Talmadge Avenue (Alice) Terry Drive, and (King and Florence) Vidor Avenue. Also, Christie Drive, First National Drive, Fox Place, Goldwyn Drive, Metro Drive, Paramount Place, Studio Boulevard, Pathe Place, Universal Drive. And finally, Paramount Park! http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... iwloc=addr

Know of any others?
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Unread post by Rodney » Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:18 am

We have a Griffith street here in Louisville Colorado, but that's probably just a coincidence. (However, I'm pretty sure that Lincoln Avenue, between Grant and Garfield, must be named after Elmo Lincoln.)

We do have a Rex Street, and there used to be a Rex Theater. The street was named after the Rex Theater, but only in the temporal sense. Both were named after a local coal mine, as I understand.

According to mapquest, Denver does not have a Fairbanks Street, nor does Colorado Springs have a Chaney Street, so some work is to be done on recognizing famous sons (Colorado Springs does at least have a Lon Chaney Theater).

Dinosaur Colorado has a better record of naming streets after stars of THE LOST WORLD, with Brontosaurus Boulevard, Triceratops Terrace, Plateosaurus Place, Brachiosaurus Bypass, etc. But my favorite business there is the automobile recovery yard called Tyrannosaurus Wrecks.
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Unread post by greta de groat » Sun Sep 21, 2008 11:34 pm

The Talmadge district of San Diego was named after the Talmadges, and duly has Norma, Constance and Natalie Streets, as seen on this map

http://www.talmadge.org/maps.htm

There's also a Talmadge St. in LA

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Unread post by Jim Roots » Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:55 am

Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa up here in Canada, has a large neighbourhood where street names honour Canadian entertainers. The main throughfare is Pickford Drive. Frederica will be thrilled to know it intersects with, among many others, Shearer Crescent.

Other names in the same neighbourhood: De Carlo Drive, (Guy) Lombardo Drive, (Randy) Bachman Terrace, (director Paul) Almond Lane, (which of course intersects with Bujold Street), (broadcaster Foster) Hewitt Way, (Gordon) Lightfoot Place, (singer Jon) Vickers Way, and the inevitable Shatner Gate.

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Unread post by Jim Roots » Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:00 am

silentfilm wrote: There's Rue de Valle, where apparently Rudy Valee lived.

Funny, I thought he failed in his attempts to get his street renamed in honour of himself?

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Unread post by Brent Walker » Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:45 am

greta de groat wrote:The Talmadge district of San Diego was named after the Talmadges, and duly has Norma, Constance and Natalie Streets, as seen on this map

http://www.talmadge.org/maps.htm

There's also a Talmadge St. in LA

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Norma Talmadge has got to be the winner as far as number of streets specifically named for her. Talmadge St. in Hollywood bisects with what is now ABC, but it was originally the old West Coast Vitagraph lot (where Norma was one of the main stars). And in West Hollywood there's a Norma Place that is supposedly named for her (she and hubby Joe Schenck had a lot of real estate holdings). Supposedly the streets near it are also named for silent stars: Lloyd Pl. and Dicks St. (a spelling challenged version of Richard Dix allegedly).

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:02 am

So the Bronson Gate at Paramount-- is that just on Bronson street? Or is it, or the street, named for Betty Bronson? The timing seems like it would make sense, but I could be just making that up for all I know.
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Unread post by silentfilm » Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:29 am

I don't know, but actor Charles Dennis Buchinsky got the inspiration for his last name from the Bronson gate, and became Charles Bronson.

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Unread post by Frederica » Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:46 am

Mike Gebert wrote:So the Bronson Gate at Paramount-- is that just on Bronson street? Or is it, or the street, named for Betty Bronson? The timing seems like it would make sense, but I could be just making that up for all I know.
Nope. Bronson Street is named after a real estate poobah, as are the caves (the street deadends into the caves, or at least it did at one time). I keep forgetting the dude's name, dangit. But Bruce is right, Charles Buchinsky did change his name to Bronson, after the street.

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Unread post by Frederica » Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:53 pm

Frederica wrote:
Mike Gebert wrote:So the Bronson Gate at Paramount-- is that just on Bronson street? Or is it, or the street, named for Betty Bronson? The timing seems like it would make sense, but I could be just making that up for all I know.
Nope. Bronson Street is named after a real estate poobah, as are the caves (the street deadends into the caves, or at least it did at one time). I keep forgetting the dude's name, dangit. But Bruce is right, Charles Buchinsky did change his name to Bronson, after the street.

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Allan Ellenberger dug this out for me a few months ago, so I went back and found his response: Bronson Avenue is named for Marcus Alonzo Bronson, a Hollywood Realtor, who died in 1907.

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:37 pm

Little dreaming that someday, his name would be on The White Buffalo and Death Wish IV.
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Unread post by precode » Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:21 pm

Jim Roots wrote:
silentfilm wrote: There's Rue de Valle, where apparently Rudy Valee lived.

Funny, I thought he failed in his attempts to get his street renamed in honour of himself?

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He did. It's his driveway.

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Unread post by precode » Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:24 pm

In Berkeley, California, there are Wheeler and Woolsey streets, which intersect, of course. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... 16479&z=17

Some years back, I took a picture of the street sign and put it on T-shirts.

BTW, there's also an Ince St. in L.A.

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Unread post by Rob Farr » Sat Sep 27, 2008 6:06 pm

And then there's Charles St. and Chase St. in Baltimore:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... 13561&z=16

This is probably a case of a silent star naming himself after an intersection rather than the other way around.
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Unread post by Jim Roots » Sun Sep 28, 2008 9:56 am

precode wrote:
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silentfilm wrote: There's Rue de Valle, where apparently Rudy Valee lived.

Funny, I thought he failed in his attempts to get his street renamed in honour of himself?

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He did. It's his driveway.

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Unread post by precode » Sun Sep 28, 2008 6:43 pm

Jim Roots wrote:
precode wrote:
Jim Roots wrote:
Funny, I thought he failed in his attempts to get his street renamed in honour of himself?

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He did. It's his driveway.

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Unread post by Jim Roots » Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:02 am

precode wrote:
Jim Roots wrote:
precode wrote: He did. It's his driveway.

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Wow, that's unbelievable. He did have a humungous driveway, as I recall, probably long enough to deserve its own name, and in that case why not call it in honour of himself...


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Unread post by Elif » Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:59 pm

This is a funny thread. You could try going on google maps and typing in Buster Keatonstraat, Almere (in the Netherlands).
If you can find that street, you'll see there are many pthers around, like Oliver Hardystraat, or Comedy Capersstraat.

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Unread post by silentfilm » Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:18 pm

I tried it on Google Maps, right at http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UT ... atonstraat .

Almere, Netherlands has Buster Keatonstraat, Charlie Chaplinweg, Bud Abbottstraat, Lou Costellostraat, Ben Turpinpad, Marx Brothersplantsoen, Stan Laurelstraat, Oliver Hardystraat, George Formbystraat, as well as Comedy Caperstraat and Slapstickpad!

Just south of that are many more streets named after actors, plus Cinemadreef, Odeonstraat, Oscarlean, and Hollywoodiaan. There is Peter Sellershof, Marty Feldmanstraat, Lucille Ballstraat, Danny Kayestraat, Fernadelstraat, and Louis de Funesstraat. Just south of that are many more streets named after serious actors and actresses likd Orson Wellesstraat, Greta Garboplantsoen, Betty Davisstraat, Henry Fondastraat, Clark Gablestraat, James Stewartstraat, E.G. Robinsonstraat, James Deanhof, Humphrey Bogartstraat, Natalie Woodpad, Laurence Olivierstraat, David Nivenweg, Rex Harrisonstraat, John Gielgudpad, Richard Burtonstraat, and Peggy Ashcroftstraat.

Move the map down south and there's a whole French performer section: Simone Signoretstraat, Gerard Philipestraat, Jeanne Moreaustraat, Jean Gabinplantsoen, Charles Boyerstraat. There is also Marlene Dietrichstraat, Audrey hepburnstraat, Romy Schneiderweg, and some German names that must be German performers.

Keep going South, and there are a bunch of streets named after directors: Viscontistraat, Pasolinistraat, Jacques Tatilaan, David Leanstrat, Fassbinderstraat, Walt Disneyplantsoen, Fellinilaan, Minnellistraat, Jim Hensonstraat, Hitchcocklaan, John Fordstraat, Cecil B. de Millestraat, Caprastraat, Lubitschstraat, and finally Hal Roachstraat.

Elif, thanks for the tip!

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Unread post by Elif » Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:34 pm

This neighbourhood is called the Cinema district. Since Almere the city, is entirely built on reclaimed land not so long ago, they have made these artificial districts, and they are all thematically arranged. There is also a music district (with names of jazz musicians, etc) and others. I actually know two people; one living at the Rex Harrisonstraat and the other on Jacques Tatilaan.
I'd love to live on the Slapstickpad and have that as my postal adress, but I'm afraid the idea of living in Almere is not that exciting after all. :))

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Unread post by Brent Walker » Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:10 am

Elif wrote:This neighbourhood is called the Cinema district. Since Almere the city, is entirely built on reclaimed land not so long ago, they have made these artificial districts, and they are all thematically arranged. There is also a music district (with names of jazz musicians, etc) and others. I actually know two people; one living at the Rex Harrisonstraat and the other on Jacques Tatilaan.
I'd love to live on the Slapstickpad and have that as my postal adress, but I'm afraid the idea of living in Almere is not that exciting after all. :))

It sounds like Almere is the winner going away as far as movie street names go.

However, since Elif describes it as an "artificial district" in the Netherlands, I propose a new district named after "artificial Dutch" performers, which would include the following streets:

Ford Sterlingstraat; Max Asherstraat; Joe Weberstraat, which intersects with Lew Fieldstraat; and the adjoining Clarence Kolbstraat, which intersects with Max Dillstraat.

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Unread post by Elif » Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:41 pm

Brent, what does it really mean to be a 'dutch style comedian', I dont get it? [btw I'm not really dutch myself, so I may be missing something here to appreciate this denomination].
I read about Sterling: "He has been portrayed as a one-note Dutch-style comedian"" and have no idea what it means.
To me this sounds like many other things that are called dutch in the US (the dutch-oven, the dutch appel-pie) which are not very special over here. (Limburg cheese on the other hand, is quite special, not something that dutch people eat every day, for obvious reasons :)

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Elif wrote:Brent, what does it really mean to be a 'dutch style comedian', I dont get it? [btw I'm not really dutch myself, so I may be missing something here to appreciate this denomination].
I read about Sterling: "He has been portrayed as a one-note Dutch-style comedian"" and have no idea what it means.
To me this sounds like many other things that are called dutch in the US (the dutch-oven, the dutch appel-pie) which are not very special over here. (Limburg cheese on the other hand, is quite special, not something that dutch people eat every day, for obvious reasons :)
It's actually a mispronunciation of the word "Deutsch," so it originally refers to attributes (or stereotypes...or pies) of immigrants from Germany, rather than the Netherlands. Brent (or Wendy Warwick White) can tell you more about Ford Sterling and "Dutch" comics.

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Frederica wrote:
Elif wrote:Brent, what does it really mean to be a 'dutch style comedian', I dont get it? [btw I'm not really dutch myself, so I may be missing something here to appreciate this denomination].
I read about Sterling: "He has been portrayed as a one-note Dutch-style comedian"" and have no idea what it means.
To me this sounds like many other things that are called dutch in the US (the dutch-oven, the dutch appel-pie) which are not very special over here. (Limburg cheese on the other hand, is quite special, not something that dutch people eat every day, for obvious reasons :)
It's actually a mispronunciation of the word "Deutsch," so it originally refers to attributes (or stereotypes...or pies) of immigrants from Germany, rather than the Netherlands. Brent (or Wendy Warwick White) can tell you more about Ford Sterling and "Dutch" comics.

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At the turn of the last century, american vaudeville teeming with "ethnic" comedians, serving and lampooning the multiple immigrant groups in the country at the time. Dutch-style comedians worked side-by-side yiddish comedians and black-face and irish, etc.

Oftentimes, the performers were not to the immigrant group born. In addition to folks like Jolson and Sophie Tucker blacking up, Fannie Brice, for instance was *not* yiddish (jewish yes, yiddish, no) and learned less than 100 yiddish words in her lifetime. But she studied character and mimicked and skewered on stage with masterful skill.

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Unread post by silent-partner » Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:48 pm

silentfilm wrote:Harry Langdon Way, in Council Bluffs, Iowa
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=%22 ... iwloc=addr
I took this road once, the speed limit is 3 miles an hour and you better have a real slow reaction time. :roll:

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Unread post by Brent Walker » Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:18 pm

Frederica wrote:
Elif wrote:Brent, what does it really mean to be a 'dutch style comedian', I dont get it? [btw I'm not really dutch myself, so I may be missing something here to appreciate this denomination].
I read about Sterling: "He has been portrayed as a one-note Dutch-style comedian"" and have no idea what it means.
To me this sounds like many other things that are called dutch in the US (the dutch-oven, the dutch appel-pie) which are not very special over here. (Limburg cheese on the other hand, is quite special, not something that dutch people eat every day, for obvious reasons :)
It's actually a mispronunciation of the word "Deutsch," so it originally refers to attributes (or stereotypes...or pies) of immigrants from Germany, rather than the Netherlands. Brent (or Wendy Warwick White) can tell you more about Ford Sterling and "Dutch" comics.

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So-called "Dutch" comedy started in the late 1800's in vaudeville in the presentation of characters based on German immigrants to the U.S. (largely Jewish), and as Frederica says the "Dutch" came from the mispronunciation of "Deutsch" (the same reason the German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania were called "Pennsylvania Dutch"). This is why I said "artificial Dutch."

Joe Weber and Lew Fields were the big stars of "Dutch comedy", coming from New York's Lower East Side where the German immigrants settled and who they were initially playing to. They introduced a lot of the characteristics of "Dutch" comedy: chin goatee whiskers, loud striped and plaid suits, guys named Meyer, Mike, Schultz and Schnitzel, and Weber wore a padded suit that made him look rounder than he really was and had a bladder inside that would emit a noise when he was slapped with a stick. Also the exaggerated accents with the round glottal sounds.

The popularity of Weber & Fields led to other Dutch teams such as Kolb & Dill, and later Smith & Dale. Ford Sterling came out of this tradition. In some of his talkie two-reelers, he does his "dutch" accent and you can get an idea of what his Keystone character would have sounded like. Vernon Dent also utilized the "Dutch" accent in talkie shorts into the late 40's at least. In MY FAVORITE SPY (1951), Bob Hope plays a "Dutch" vaudevillian and his skit is rife with the cliches of "Dutch" comedy. Hope's own signature grrrrowl he did for years was kind of a variation on a Dutch comedy accent.

And of course none of this has anything to do with the Nederlands!

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Unread post by silentfilm » Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:42 am

Here's a new one, Tom Mix Drive in DuBois (Clearfield) Pennsylvania...

http://maps.google.com/maps?num=20&hl=e ... iwloc=addr

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Unread post by silentfilm » Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:44 pm

Ressurecting an old thread, here's a Tom Mix Drive in Westfield, North Carolina.

http://maps.google.com/maps?rlz=1T4GGLL ... =en&tab=wl

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Unread post by Flyin' A » Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:28 pm

I wonder if there's any other schools or High Schools named after silent film stars?

I know of (W.S.) Hart High School in Newhall, CA.

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Unread post by Brent Walker » Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:50 pm

Well, a director not a star, but there's Cecil B. DeMille Middle School in Long Beach, California (I drive past it 2-3 times a week):

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