The City of Long Beach Film Office issues an average of 500 permits a year with an average of 700 production days. We are a full-service operation dedicated to promoting Long Beach as a film-friendly region, coordinating and facilitating the permission process and serving as a liaison with local government, the community and the production industry. The role of the film staff is to provide service and assistance to film, television, music, commercial production and still photography businesses to promote economic prosperity. One example of our commitment to you and the success of your production is our one-stop permitting process and your ability to access the permitting office via the Internet. This will give you the ability to access permit applications, insurance requirements and other pertinent information regarding filming within the City of Long Beach.
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In the early 1900’s Long Beach offered an ideal setting for the motion picture industry. The city was already a theater town, enjoying a sunny seaside climate, with a steady pool of talented actors, directors and technicians. Along the Pike in Long Beach, there were eight film houses and two stock company theaters. As early as 1908, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle had been singing in Long Beach and even got married on stage that same year at the successful Byde A Whyle Theater.
In 1913, Long Beach’s history was changed forever with the creation of the Balboa Amusement Producing Company, also known as Balboa Studios. Balboa Studios was comprised of 20 buildings on 8 acres downtown, with 11 additional acres for outdoor shooting in Signal Hill, a separate township enclosed within the city of Long Beach.
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