1920 – First National Pictures

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First National Pictures was an American motion picture exhibitor and producer. The company, founded in 1917 as First National Exhibitors Circuit, Inc., was formed by the merger of 27 independent motion picture exhibitors. First National was the idea of Thomas Tally. In 1917 they made million dollar contracts with major starts of the day such as Mary Pickford and Charles Chaplain they were the distribution company for Rudolph Valentino’s picture “Alimony”.. In 1919, First National was reincorporated as Associated First National Pictures Inc. In 1922 it opened a studio in Burbank, California, and began producing its own films. Between 1920 and 1925 the company was known as Associated First National Pictures. In 1926, they built a 62 acre studio lot in Burbank. In 1928 Warner Bros. absorbed First National by acquiring the Stanley Company, First National’s majority stockholder. Shortly thereafter, Warner Bros. moved its principal production facility to First National’s Burbank lot. Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, First National was still considered a separate production entity and remained so at least until the early 1930s.

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