Datebook: May 8 - Paramount Pictures Founded 100 Years Ago

May 8, 2012

Paramount Pictures, located at 5555 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, was founded 100 years ago today as Famous Players Studios. Currently owned by Viacom, it is the third oldest film studio in the world and the last major film studio headquartered in Hollywood. The studio was founded by Hungarian-born Adolph Zukor, who saw that movies appealed to working-class immigrants. He sought to offer feature-length films that would appeal to the middle class. Their first film was Les Amours de la Reine Elisabeth, about the love affair between Elizabeth 1 and the Earl of Essex, starring Sarah Bernhardt and Lou Tellegen. Some films coming soon from Paramount: The Dictator, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Star Trek sequel, World War Z, Ninja Turtles, Transformers 4, and an untitled Dumb and Dumber sequel.

It’s Tuesday, May 8

The Calloway County High School Speech Team has a Tip Night at Mugsy’s Hideout tonight from 4:30 until 7.  The speech team is raising funds to travel to the CFL Grand National Speech Tournament in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The Ride for the Refuge bicycle tour of Ballard County will be held on Saturday, May 19.  The 25- and 50- mile tours start at 8AM at the Ballard County Fairgrounds, and a family event will be held beginning at 9.  Registration before May 11th is $15 for individuals and $30 for families.  Find more information at the Ballard County Ride for the Refuge Facebook page.

Friday is the deadline to enter the Paducah Photo 2012 Juried International Photography Exhibition.  All artists working in digital or film photography may submit their work for consideration.  $2000 in prizes will be awarded.  The entry fee is $10 per photo.  Find guidelines at

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