While the greater Miami area today is the nexus of Florida’s continuing motion picture industry, this was not always the case. Historically, Jacksonville, and to a lesser extent Tampa, were the leading film centers of the state prior to 1920. This reflected their early importance as commercial and transportation hubs, but these advantages began to be outweighed as other areas within Florida also began to develop as popular location sites.
Nelson, Richard Alan
"Palm Trees, Public Relations, and Promoters: Boosting Southeast Florida as a Motion Picture Empire, 1910-1930,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 61
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol61/iss4/3