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Charles Christie




1880 - 1955

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Charles Christie

1880 - 1955



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Subject: Charles Christie

this man owned a motion picture studio. Surely he is entitled to SOME mention here. I had no idea who he was and made it a point of respect to find out! He made the dreams possible. Dreams not possible without dollars and he had plenty of both! May he and his rest in peace. He was born only a few miles from where my relatives live so he deserves some respect! Charles H. V. Christie (April 13, 1880 - October 1, 1955) was a motion picture studio owner. Born in London, Ontario, Canada, Charles and his brother Al left home to pursue a career in the fledgling motion picture industry. In Hollywood, California, they made enough money working in films to purchase a property 6724 Hollywood Boulevard and set up their own Christie Film Company to make comedy movies. Charles was primarily the business administrator, while brother AL made films. Before long, the Christie brothers were two of Hollywood's most powerful movie moguls. By 1922, the brothers were so successful that they built the Christie Hotel, Hollywood's first luxury hotel featuring such extravagances as private baths. However, the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression devastated business and in January of 1933, the Christie brothers companies went into receivership, the studio assets being acquired by another large film making company. While his brother remained with the new owners, producing comedy films, Charles went into the selling of real estate. Charles Christie died in Hollywood. He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1719 Vine Street.


2/3/2005 2:32:48 PM