Third Thursday Lectures are presented by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society in partnership with and held at the Mandarin Community Club, located at 12447 Mandarin Rd. Refreshments begin at 6:30 pm with the lecture at 7 pm. It is free and all are invited and encouraged to attend.

Mandarin Community Club, 7 pm
February 15, 2018: Rita Reagan on Norman Studios

In honor of Black History Month, our February program will feature a lecture by Rita Reagan, Executive Director of Norman Studios. Rita will inform of us about the history of this wonderful treasure and share some short film clips from their archives. We are so pleased to welcome this historic place as Northeast Florida’s second National Historic Landmark site.

“Founded in 1916 Jacksonville, FL as Eagle Film City and purchased by Richard E. Norman in 1921, the Norman Studios was among the nation’s first to produce ‘race films’ starring African American characters in positive, non-stereotypical roles.

On the Norman Studios site, some of the first films featuring all African-American casts were produced more than a century ago. This five-building complex is the sole studio remnant of Jacksonville’s heyday as the Winter Film Capital of the World…” (