TV Production in Los Angeles, 1940s – 1980s

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The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) Photo Collection and Photo Friends are co-sponsoring a new exhibition titled The Industry In Our Backyard: Television Production In Los Angeles, 1940s -1980s. Featuring images from the vast LAPL photo collection, this new exhibit “…showcases five decades in the life of the medium that dominated American culture, yet for Angelenos, was just another part of daily life in L.A.” 

CBS Prime Time Lineup 1965

From left, Clint Eastwood and Paul Brinegar of “Rawhide”, Tina Louise of “Gilligan’s Island” and Robert Conrad and Ross Martin of “The Wild, Wild West” help promote the CBS prime-time lineup for 1965. Valley Times Collection

In conjunction with the exhibit itself, the library is hosting four special events, which will take place in the Central Library’s Taper Auditorium. They include:

Sat. Feb. 10, 2018 @ 2 pm
The Golden Age of Local Los Angeles Television

Sat. March 10 @ 2 pm
The Television Academy presents: The Interviews

Sat. May 12 @ 2 pm
GALECA Presents: LGBTQs and Television from the 1950s to Now

Sat. June 9 @ 2 pm
The UCLA Film & Television Archive Presents: On the Go!


When: January 18 through July 15, 2018

Where: Los Angeles Central Library, located at 630 W. 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90071

Exhibit Opening

Thursday, January 18 at 6 p.m. with remarks at 7 p.m. In the History Department (LL4).

Get the first look at The Industry In Our Backyard and hear “…special guest speakers who will provide their own perspectives on what makes television produced in L.A. so unique.” Light refreshments will be served. Companion catalog available for purchase.