The Gaumont-British Picture Corporation was originally the British arm of the French film company Gaumont. The company became independent of its French parent in 1922, when Isidore Ostrer acquired control of Gaumont-British. In 1927, Ideal, one of the leading British silent studios, merged with Gaumont.
In the United States, Gaumont-British had its own distribution operation for its films until December 1938, when it folded that operation and outsourced distribution to 20th Century-Fox.
Many of the theatres had a theatre organ, for entertainment before the show, during the intervals, or after the show. The name 'Gaumont' was adopted to describe the style of the 'flat top' organ console case (originally for the Pavilion Theatre, Shepherds Bush), for some organs built from October 1931 to 1934 by the John Compton Organ Company of London.
- Patricia Warren British Film Studios: An Illustrated History, London: B.T. Batsford, 2001, p.109
- The Compton List - Organ cases and illuminated surrounds, accessed 6 December 2008
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