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Whilst today a part of the ubiquitous Time Warner media and entertainments conglomerate, Warner Cinemas owes its origins to the seminal exhibition company formed by Abe and Sam Warner – shortly to be followed by brothers Jack and Harry – in Pennsylvania c.1903; and also to the ‘super’ cinema – one indirect outcome of the company’s successful experimentation with film soundtrack synchronisation. Of course, while there can be little doubting the very breadth of Warner’s film production-distribution input over the last century – and amongst which can be counted the musicals 42nd Street and the Gold Diggers series, together with such films as Don Juan, High Sierra, The Roaring Twenties, Casablanca and The Fugitive – it is in fact only as recently as 1988 that the company have begun quietly developing their own worldwide exhibition network – Warner Bros. International Theatres – whilst at the same time expanding further the eighties’ ‘multiplex concept’ in the wake of earlier pioneer work by the AMC/UCI and erstwhile British EMI/Cannon circuits. Today’s Warner multiplex theatres, frequently mocked by purists – although quite erroneously – for their supposed clinical, futuristic appearance; their close corporate similarity; and somewhat ‘factory-like’ methods of exhibition, are examined in this book, the second in the Brantwood Outline History series, which begins with a superficial look at the origins of the Warner Bros. empire, followed by an examination of the multiplex phenomenon in general; and then, more critically, at the rapid development of Warner’s UK and European/worldwide multiplex circuits, part of which culminated in their 1996 merger with Australia’s most powerful exhibitor, Village Roadshow, to form Warner-Village Cinemas. Additionally, Warner Cinemas examines several identifying features of the theatre circuit, evaluating specifically their architectural and amenity merits – quite often a triumph of human logistics over environment – in addition to their extremely high standards of fit-and-finish which has helped in making Warner one of the world’s more prestigious players in the field. Amongst others, Warner Cinemas takes a look at the cinemas at Croydon, Leicester, Acton, Harrow and Oberhausen, and also at the 1938-established Warner West End flagship. Warner Cinemas - An Outline History, which will be strictly limited to just 1000 copies worldwide, has been written by BFI/National Film Theatre and Cinema Theatre Association member, Philip Turner with the co-operation of US Warner MD Millard L Ochs; UK Warner MD Peter Dobson; and Warner VP and circuit architect, Ira B Steigler.
Warner Cinemas – An Outline History
Cinecenta Cinemas - An Outline History reviews this unusual, highly innovative. and much-misunderstood exhibitor, examining its aims and aspirations, whilst drawing attention to its [cinemas’] unique corporate styling. Included here is detailed coverage of the circuit's Panton Street flagship, in addition to surface consideration of some of the provincial Cinecentas, the Compton Cinema Club, and subsequent Jacey Group takeovers. Included, too. is an outline of the company’s Compton Group predecessor established in 1960 by executive producers, Michael Klinger and Tony Tenser.
Cinecenta Cinemas - An Outline History

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