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What is the history of the Selig Polyscope Company's building at 3900 N Claremont?

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2006-09-13 14:02:51

From a previous FAQFARM post: There are buildings remaining from

the Selig Polyscope studios at the intersection of Byron and

Claremont. The Selig trademark "Diamond S" is still over the

doorway of the loft conversion on the N.W. corner. The structures

now part of the used car dealer at Byron and Western were also

studio buildings. A series of underground tunnels still connect

them. There is a decaying tower atop one of the buildings, probably

used for elevated shots of the outdoor movie sets. Also see

http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/3629.html For a

list of movies filmed there (and at Essanay) see

http://www.enjoyillinois.com/movies/IllinoisMovielist.pdf#search=%22selig%20polyscope%22

There are numerous references in "Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100

Years of Chicago & the Movies by Arnie Bernstein, Holly

Pluard". Selig bio at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0783152/bio


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