The New York Motion Picture Company leased several thousand acres of land from the Santa Monica Water and Power Company in Santa Ynez Canyon, reaching down to the beach. After Thomas Ince became a part of the company, the studio/ranch became known as Inceville. Filming ceased at the property around 1922 and the buildings burned to the ground in 1924. The property was also known as Bisonville, Hartville, and Robertson-Coleville.

Inceville when it was known as Hartville

Inceville, looking out to the Pacific Ocean

Inceville, looking out to sea
Another shot of Inceville looking out to the ocean

Looking north at Inceville circa 1919
Inceville, circa 1919, in center of picture

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Another view of Inceville during the time of Hartville

Postcard view of a set at Inceville (thanks to Tommy Dangcil)

From the June 26, 1920, issue of Motion Picture News:

DIRECTIONS: From Los Angeles, take Interstate 10 west to Santa Monica. At the end of the freeway continue on until you turn right onto Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway). At Sunset Blvd, turn right. You are at the front of Inceville. At Palisades Drive, turn left. You are now in Santa Ynez Canyon where most of Inceville and its sets were located.


"War on the Plains" (Bison 1912) Directed by: Thomas H. Ince. Cast: William Eagle Shirt.

"Custer's Last Fight" (Quality Amusement Corp. 1912) Directed by: Francis Ford. Cast: Francis Ford, Grace Cunard, Charles K. French, Ann Little, William Eagle Shirt.

"Indian Massacre" (Bison 1912) Directed by: Thomas H. Ince. Cast: Francis Ford, Ann Little, Grace Cunard, William Eagle Shirt, J. Barney Sherry, Charles K. French, Lillian Christy, Art Acord.

"The Battle of the Red Men" (Bison 1912) Directed by: Thomas H. Ince. Cast: Jack Conway.

"The Lieutenant's Last Fight" (Bison 1912) Directed by: Thomas H. Ince.

"Peggy" (Kay-Bee 1916) Directed by: Charles Giblyn & Thomas H. Ince. Cast: Billie Burke, William H. Thompson, William Desmond, Charles Ray, Nona Thomas, Gertrude Claire, Truly Shattuck.

"A Corner in Colleens" (Kay-Bee 1916) Directed by: Charles Miller. Cast: Bessie Barriscale, Charles K. Franch, Aggie Herring, Alice Lawrence, Roy William Neill, Walter Perry, Charles Ray, Alice Terry, Margery Wilson.

"Civilization" (Triangle 1916) Directed by: Reginald Barker & Thomas H. Ince. Cast: Howard C. Hickman, Enid Markey, Lola May, Kate Bruce, J. Frank Burke, Charles K. French.

"Eye of the Night" (Kay-Bee 1916) Directed by: Walter Edwards. Cast: William H. Thompson, Margery Wilson, Thornton Edwards, J. P. Lockney, Aggie Herring.

"Civilization's Child" (Kay-Bee 1916) Directed by: Charles Giblyn. Cast: William H. Thompson, Anna Lehr, Jack Standing, Dorothy Dalton, Clyde Benson, J. P. Lockney, J. Barney Sherry.

"The Woman God Forgot" (Artcraft 1917) Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille. Cast: Wallace Reid, Raymond Hatton, Hobart Bosworth, Theodore Kosloff, Walter Long, Julia Faye, Olga Grey, Charles B. Rogers, Geraldine Farrar.

"Flame of the Yukon" (Triangle 1917) Directed by: Charles Miller. Cast: Dorothy Dalton, Melbourne MacDowell, Kenneth Harlan, Margaret Thompson, William Fairbanks, May Palmer.