Film Chest

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Film Chest
Industry Film, Home Video, Television
Founded New York, New York (2000)
Headquarters New York, New York, United States
Area served
North America, South America, Europe, Asia
Key people
Phil Hopkins, Ralph Stevens, Ian Stone (principals)

Film Chest, is a privately held media company that specializes in the archiving, restoring, licensing and distribution of films. It is headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Film Chest distributes consumer DVDs, and sells digital content via online outlets including Apple's iTunes Store,, and Hulu. It also licenses its movies to TV networks, including American Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies,[1] and for use as stock footage. According to the company’s website, it services "high-quality content for use in broadcast television, film projects, video streaming, distribution, public television, cable or other professional needs." [2]


The company was founded in 2000 by partners Phil Hopkins and Ralph Stevens, and has since amassed one of the largest privately owned film libraries, containing approximately 2,000 film and TV titles.[3] The titles comprise rare science-fiction, horror and action-adventure films (such as The Devil Bat), cartoons, and Oscar-winning classics like Orson Welles’ The Stranger, for which Film Chest completed the first-ever HD restoration.[4]

In 2010, the company purchased a 45,000-foot warehouse in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where it plans to store and digitize film collections.[5]

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