Metro Pictures

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This article is about the motion picture production company. For the contemporary art gallery, see Metro Pictures Gallery.
Metro Pictures
Industry Film studio
Fate Merged with Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Pictures
Successors Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Founded 1916
Defunct April 16, 1924
Headquarters Heidelberg Building, New York City
Key people Richard A. Rowland (President)
Louis B. Mayer (secretary)

Metro Pictures Corporation was a former American motion picture production company founded in early 1915 and was a forerunner of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The company produced its films in either New York or Los Angeles and some times at leased facilities in Fort Lee, NJ.[1]


Metro Pictures was founded a film distribution company in February 1915 by a number of "exchange men" with Richard A. Rowland as president, George Grombacker as vice-president and Louis B. Mayer as secretary.[2] Mayer left to form his own production unit in 1918.

Metro Pictures started out distributing films made by Solax Studios. After Mayer's departure, Rowland continued to produce a number of films in New York City, Fort Lee, New Jersey, and in Los Angeles. Metro's biggest stars during the World War I period were the romantic teams of Francis X. Bushman and Beverly Bayne and Harold Lockwood and May Allison. Also in top echelons of importance was popular actress Viola Dana.

In 1919, the company was purchased by Marcus Loew as a supplier of product for his theater chain. However, Loew was not satisfied with the amount or quality of Metro's output. A few years later in 1924, Loew merged it with his recently acquired Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Productions then renamed the new entity Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925 with Mayer in charge.[3]

Motion Picture Studios[edit]

Although the Metro film library and stars were merged into MGM in 1924, Rowland's Los Angeles film studio continued a life of its own. It was known simply as Motion Picture Studios through the 1940s, General Service Studios, and Desilu Studios through the 1950s and 1960s. It became Ren-Mar Studios in 1974. In January 2010, Ren-Mar Studios was bought by Red Digital Cinema Camera Company. The complex was renamed "Red Studios – Hollywood" It is located on Cahuenga Blvd. north of Melrose Avenue in Hollywood (directly behind the Musicians AFM Local 47 on Vine Street).

David E. Kelley filmed several of his TV series there, including Picket Fences, Ally McBeal, and The Practice.


Filmed at in Fort Lee, NJ
  • The Eternal Question (1916) Olga Petrova
  • The Divorceé (1919) Ethel Barrymore
  • What People Will Say? (1915) directed by Alice Guy Blache[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Studios and Films". Fort Lee Fort Lee Film Commission. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Metro Corporation", Motography XIII (8), February 20, 1915: 278, retrieved December 5, 2013 
  3. ^ International Directory of Company Histories, , Vol. 25. St. James Press. 1999. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 

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