Save The Vitagraph Smokestack!
The smokestack that stands on the former site of the Vitagraph Company silent film studios, established in 1907 in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, is the oldest still-standing monument to the American film industry on the east coast and, possibly, in the country.
Prodigious and proud, the smokestack stands beautifully emblazoned with inlaid brickwork spelling out Vitagraph (visible from the Q train as you approach the Avenue M subway station). Tragically, it is not currently protected with landmark status and is presently threatened with demolition.
We would like to make a plea for preserving it as a landmark for the the borough of Brooklyn and for cinema posterity.We pledge to rally our community and friends to assist with the preservation of this most important architectural monument to American movie past.
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