Compiled by Eric S.
Logo Pictures by Eric S.
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First National was an association of independent theater owners in the United States that expanded from exhibiting movies to distributing them, and eventually to producing them as a movie studio. It later merged with Warner Bros. In July 1936, stockholders of First National Pictures, Inc. (primarily Warner Bros.) voted to dissolve the corporation and distribute its assets among the stockholders, in line with a new tax law which provided for tax-free consolidations between corporations. From 1941 to 1958, most Warner Bros. films bore the combined trademarks "A Warner Bros.- First National Picture". In 2002, Warner Bros. sold the name's rights to Ryan Kugler of Distribution Video & Audio (DV&A), a company specializing in acquiring excess inventory and close-out properties. The resurrected First National Pictures name will be used to brand no-frills digital releases of children's, documentary, and special interest titles.
1st logo (1921-1924)
Nickname: "The Silent Chained World"
Logo: We see, on a black/dark brown background, the words "The End" in yellowish-white, and below it is the First National Pictures logo, consisting of a chained globe. Underneath is the words "A FIRST NATIONAL ATTRACTION", also in yellowish-white.
Availability: Beyond rare.
Scare Factor: Low.
2nd logo (1924-1926)Nicknames: "The Chained Globe", "First National Chains"
Logo: On a dark gold background, we see a dark yellow chained globe design, and over it is the words "THE END" in an ugly light gold Copperplate font. Then the words "THE END" fades to "A FIRST NATIONAL PICTURE" in a light gold Times New Roman font.
FX/SFX: The words "THE END" fading into the company name.
Availability: Rare. It was seen on The Lost World (1925).
Scare Factor: Low.