Did you know that before the golden statue named Oscar was first given to motion pictures in 1929, there was a film studio in Monrovia? Called the Monrovia Feature Film Company, it was started in the fall of 1915. Confidence was high that the venture would be a success and the many investors purchased 154 acres in the foothills of Monrovia on which to build studios, dining halls, dressing rooms, and administration buildings. The studio also used local houses and hired Monrovia citizens as actors and extras. The first film, named "The Argonauts of '49" was about early California settlers, as was the second film "A Daughter of the Dons."