SAVE CHAMPION STUDIO , THE OLDEST STANDING STUDIO IN THE USA!

Donna Brennan
Donna Brennan Fort Lee, New Jersey
247 Signatures Goal: 1,000

The Fort Lee Film Commission asks you to sign our online petition to save the Champion Studio, which is the oldest standing studio building left in the United States. Built in 1910, it was purchased by movie pioneer Carl Laemmle in 12 and became the first home to Universal Studios when that studio was born in 1912. Universal owned and operated the studio until 1923 when it was sold for use as a printing plant, which it was until mid 2013. Since then the building has been sold and is before the Englewood Cliffs, NJ Zoning Board as the new owner plans to demolish the building and replace it with a new building.
Though the building sits a few feet from the Fort Lee border in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, all primary source material from the time the studio plant was in operation indicate it was considered located in the Coytesville section of Fort Lee. The Fort Lee Film Commission has won a Bergen County History Grant to produce a documentary of the history of this studio and the work is presently in post production. We are working with the Englewood Cliffs Historical Committee to bring greater awareness to the history of this site.
Please sign and pass along this petition. The Fort Lee Film Commission will present the petition to the Englewood Cliffs Mayor & Council and we would like the deadline for signatures to be January 1, 2014 as our time is limited as the building may come down anytime if the Englewood Cliffs Zoning Board grants the variance.
Please help us save this most important piece of world cinema history.|See the link below for a recent article about this fight to save our history:
http://www.northjersey.com/community/history/more_history_news/In_Englewood_Cliffs_a_part_of_movie_history_is_facing_destruction_.html

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December 9
We are now live!
  • Debra Brokman
    Debra Brokman United States, Fort Lee
    Sep 22, 2016
    Sep 22, 2016
    save The Oldest Standing Studio In The USA!!!
  • Valerie Algranati Móllard
    Valerie Algranati Móllard United States, Piedmont
    May 15, 2015
    May 15, 2015
    For a while right across the road from this. While in his youth my grandpa was an extra working at this studio as a "Keystone Cop" extra before they moved the studio to CA for better weather conditions.
  • Roseann DeLuca
    Nov 19, 2014
    Nov 19, 2014
    What if Italy did the same? There would be no Colliseum, Apian Way, Other countries preserve and protect their Heritage sites. It's embarassing how this country embraces "DISPOSABILITY" both of our Historical buildings. The NY Public Library is also under threat of the wrecking ball. Take pride, celebrate our heritage. Help preserve the bits left.
  • Roseann DeLuca
    Roseann DeLuca United States, Lyndhurst
    Nov 19, 2014
    Nov 19, 2014
    What if Italy did the same? There would be no Colliseum, Apian Way, Other countries preserve and protect their Heritage sites. It's embarassing how this country embraces "DISPOSABILITY" both of our Historical buildings. The NY Public Library is also under threat of the wrecking ball. Take pride, celebrate our heritage. Help preserve the bits left.
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    melissa scollan-koliopoulos United States
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    Rene Chakmakian United States
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    Debra Brokman United States
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    geroge bush Canada
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    Michiko Matsumoto United States
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    Neon Toaster Trinidad and Tobago
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    Valerie Algranati Móllard
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    Roseann DeLuca
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    David Robinson
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    James Roser
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    Katie Chi United States
    4 years ago
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