Beacon Pictures (originally known as "Beacon Communications, LLC") is a movie production company that was established in 1990 by Armyan Bernstein to produce movies for important Hollywood studios.
(1991-1997, 2009- )
Nicknames: "Beacon Tower", "Dismembered City"
Logo: On a black background, we see several 1940's-like buildings, all arranged haphazardly and titled at various angles. A much taller building emerges from the center, as the rest of them align to become upright. The tallest one's top flashes and a beacon's light emerges from it, as a box draws itself around the buildings. "B E A C O N" zooms out to the under the box, and flashes itself.
- On The Baby-Sitters Club, the logo is slightly shorter beginning when the center building emerges.
- On the soundtrack promo for The Baby-Sitter's Club, the logo is nearly-formed beginning with the light of the Beacon.
- On the TV Series Castle, the logo is abridged.
FX/SFX: The tilting buildings and beacon lighting, all in animation that's pretty cool for the time.
Music/Sounds: A rising synth note not unlike THX's Deep Note, followed by a "shining" sound effect when the beacon lights up, then, when "B E A C O N" appears, a piano chord followed by the choir. Sometimes, the opening theme of the movie is heard.
Availability: Rare. It's known to exist on Princess Caraboo, The Road to Wellville and The Baby-Sitter's Club, among others.
- Low for the normal version. The zoomed-up buildings and abrupt noise at the beginning may startle more than a few.
- Minimal with the opening theme.
- None for the abridged version.
Nickname: "Beacon Tower II"
Logo: On a black background, we see a white border with an animated city inside with some mountains. The tallest building's top flashes and a beacon light lights up on the building and then dims. The word "B E A C O N" zooms out and is placed under the box, then flashes.
- On Bring It On, the logo explodes when it finishes animating to reveal a cheer squad performing.
- On Air Force One, a byline: "A Beacon Communications Group Company" (In the length of the logo) fades in underneath it. Surprisingly, other prints of the said film have a different byline: "An Ascene Entertainment Group Company" (In a same length).
- On Uncle P., the logo becomes a drawing and "FAMILY FILMS" appears below "BEACON".
FX/SFX: The building flashes. The word "B E A C O N" zooming out.
Music/Sounds: On Air Force One and the company's website, TBA. Usually, none. Sometimes the movie theme plays over this logo.
Availability: Pretty common. Appears on many movies including Raising Helen, Firewall, and The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, among others.
Scary Factor: None.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of movie.
Availability: Seen at the end of End of Days and For the Love of Game.
Scare Factor: None.
Logo: There is a white rectangular box with "B E A C O N" written inside near the top. The solid beam comes from the O's center to the down left corner of the box.
Variant: On The Emperor's Club, the logo was negative.
Music/Sounds: Same as the 1st closing logo.
Availability: Uncommon, seen on Ladder 49. Many films have the still version of the regular opening logos.
Scare Factor: None.