20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox’s story begins in a tiny theater on New York’s Lower East Side. In 1904, fresh from Hungary, 25-year-old William Fox amazed audiences with his magical hand-cranked films. The beginnings were humble – folding chairs, a painted wall for a screen — but the desire to entertain and move people has been at the core of what 20th Century Fox has been doing ever since. By 1915 Fox’s five-cent movie shows were wildly popular and his single screen grew first into a chain of 25 theaters around New York City and then into a movie making business.
Fox left New York in 1915 for the sunny skies of Los Angeles. There he discovered and shaped the screen’s first movie stars including the cowboy Tom Mix, the movies first sex symbol, Theda Bara, and boxing champ turned actor George O’Brien. Fox was attuned to the latest trends and technologies of the industry, pioneering the use of sound with the development of the Movietone sound system. Merging with rising movie powerhouse Twentieth Century Pictures, founded in 1935 by Darryl F. Zanuck and Joseph M. Schenck, the renamed 20th Century Fox began an unprecedented run of unforgettable movies that continue to this day.
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