Answer: The first pie-in-the-face scene was filmed at what later became the Mack Sennett Studios on Glendale Boulevard
near Effie Street. The complex, which is now part of a storage facility, dates back to 1909 and includes one of the area’s
first permanent sound stages, the factories where movies are made. The former studio, 1712 Glendale Blvd.,
is City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument No. 256.
The 1913 movie “A Noise from the
Deep” (1913) was filmed on the site and included a scene where screen star Mabel Normand tossed a pie into the face
of Fatty Arbuckle. The pie toss later became a standard routine in slap stick
movie comedies for years to come.
Mack Sennett Studios was part of a thriving movie-making
colony called Edendale that predated Hollywood by several years. Click here to read more about Edendale.