Norman Studios

  Thursday on “First Coast Connect,” we were joined by Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche to talk about her proposal to catalogue all Confederate memorials in Jacksonville and remove them from public places (1:32). History professor and author Thomas Graham told us about his new book, “Silent Films in St. Augustine,” (36:17) and organizer Chadwick Harris and Jacksonville Moms Blog co-founder Megan Kilis gave us a preview of Saturday’s Losco BLUE Back 2 School Bash (46:02).  


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Norman Studios, an old silent film studio in Arlington, has been named a national landmark by the National Park Service.

It’s the second ever to be designated in Jacksonville and one of about 2,500 in the nation.


Anthony Hodge / Norman Studios

Norman Studios in Arlington is going to be nominated next week in Washington D.C. to become a National Landmark. Jacksonville historian and Norman Studios Spokeswoman Rita Reagan made an appearance on WJCT’s “First Coast Connect” on Thursday to share the history of the studio and what people can do to help the cause.

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Norman Studios' monthly silent film screening, “Silent Sunday,” celebrates Northeast Florida’s early film industry.

The events include live musical accompaniment by Jacksonville University music professor Tony Steve and his group, the Silver Synchro Sounds.

​We stopped by Steve's classroom for a lesson in the sound of silent movies.

Norman Studios

One of the most controversial films of 1914 was shot in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

Kevin Meerschaert

  The crew of the popular PBS program Antiques Roadshow is in Jacksonville this weekend for a taping of the show at the Prime Osborn Center.

Host Mark Walberg says the great part about hosting the show is you never know what will the be the next great piece coming into the door.     

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

Decades before a certain span in Alaska won the dubious honor, a bridge project in Jacksonville was  tagged a "bridge to nowhere."

The Mathews Bridge, which opened to traffic in the spring of 1953, was initially derided by skeptics, who said no one would use it.

Before the bridge was built, the Arlington neighborhood was accessible to many only by ferry.