RKO Pictures

  • American

RKO Pictures is a notable American film production and distribution company. - AsNotedIn

Notable Position Person From To
Owner Howard Hughes 1948 1955


Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1929/01/25 Radio Corporation of America creates RKO Radio Pictures Inc after the merging Keith-Albee-Orpheum theater chain and Joseph P Kennedy's Film Booking Offices of America studio. The globe on top of Stage 21 originally supported a radio tower with RKO in neon Studio RKO Pictures Studio Los Angeles
1934/00/00 "The Lost Patrol " is released. Studio The Lost Patrol (film)
1935/00/00 The "Top Hat" Venice canal set is filmed on RKO stages 11, 12 and 14 on the Gower Street Hollywood lot. Interconnected to form a single area and the 300 ft long set is 135 ft wide. The stages are now Paramount Studios 19, 20 and 21. Studio Top Hat Paramount Studios Los Angeles
1935/00/00 "The Informer " is released. Studio The Informer
1935/03/08 RKO Pictures releases their film version of "Roberta" starring Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Randolph Scott. Studio Roberta (1935 film)
1936/00/00 "Mary of Scotland " is released. Studio Mary of Scotland
1936/00/00 "The Plough and the Stars " is released. Studio The Plough and the Stars
1940/06/29 On a Saturday morning with few RKO studio executives watching, Orson Welles begins filming Citizen Kane. "The first day I ever walked onto a set was my first day as a director." OW Studio Citizen Kane RKO Pictures Studio Los Angeles
1941/05/08 "Kane" opening night in LA sells out, luminaries who attend include Bob Hope, John Barrymore, Gloria Swanson, King Vidor, Busby Berkeley, Mickey Rooney, Olivia De Havilland, Charles Laughton and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Studio Citizen Kane El Capitan Theatre Los Angeles
1942/08/13 Disney's 5th full-length animated feature, Bambi, has its US debut at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Distributor Bambi Radio City Music Hall New York City
1943/08/21 Directed by Mark Robson, "The Seventh Victim" is released through RKO Radio Pictures. Distributor The Seventh Victim
1947/00/00 "The Fugitive " is released. Studio The Fugitive
1947/09/27 "Fun and Fancy Free" is released by RKO Radio Pictures. Walt Disney includes "Bongo", read by Dinah Shore, and "Mickey and the Beanstalk" in the feature film. Studio Little Bear Bongo
1948/00/00 Hughes acquires RKO. The globe on top of Stage 21 at Gower St and Melrose Ave originally supported a radio tower with RKO in neon lettering beaming out a Morse code signal "An RKO Radio Picture" (or in the studio's earliest releases, A Radio Picture). Owner RKO Pictures Studio Los Angeles
1948/00/00 "Fort Apache " is released. Studio Fort Apache
1949/00/00 "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon " is released. Studio She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
1950/00/00 "Wagon Master " is released. Studio Wagon Master
1950/12/27 In US District Court W D Oklahoma, Griffith Amusement Companies and hollywood film distributors are charged with monopolizing the exhibition of feature pictures and the operation of first and second run theatres in violation of the Sherman Act. Defendant United States v. Griffith Amusement Co
1951/04/27 "The Thing from Another World" is released in the United States. Studio The Thing from Another World
1955/00/00 Hughes sells RKO to General Tire's broadcasting subsidiary, General Teleradio (which would be renamed RKO General). General Tire aired RKO films on the company's TV stations. Owner
1974/09/17 RKO closes the Albee Theatre. The last film is "Big Bad Mama". Directed by Steve Carver, the feature stars Angie Dickinson, William Shatner, Tom Skerritt and Susan Sennett. Owners Albee Theatre Facade, Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
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