THE STUDIO ERA

The Majors ("big five" and "little three"): between 1930 and 1948, the 8 majors controlled 95% of films exhibited in US: a true oligopoly

Big Five

1. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

 

2. Paramount Picture Corp

 

3. Fox Film Corporation/20th Century Fox

 

4. Warner Brothers established in 1924 by Harry, Jack and Albert Warner

 

5. RKO Radio Pictures Incorporated

 

Little Three

1. Universal Pictures

 

2. United Artists (est. 1919)

 

3. Columbia (1924)

 

"Poverty Row" studios

1. Essanay (1907)

 2. Monogram Pictures (1930)/Allied Artists Picture Corp.(after 1953)

           

3. Republic Pictures (1935)

 

  

Theater Seating Capacity, 1945

Weekly Theater Attendance, 1925-1990

US Movie Theaters, 1925-2000

Features Released by the Majors, 1925-1985

Production costs, 1920-1990

The Unit Production System

Clearance and Zoning

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