Warner Brothers Studios
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., also known as Warner Bros. Pictures
or simply Warner Bros. (though the name was occasionally given in full
form as Warner Brothers during the company's early years) is an American
producer of film and television entertainment.
One of the major film studios, it is a subsidiary of Time Warner,
with its headquarters in Burbank, California and New York, New York.
Warner Bros. has several subsidiary companies, including Warner Bros.
Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment,
Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Home Video, New
Line Cinema, TheWB.com, and DC Comics. Warner owns half of The CW
The corporate name honors the four founding Warner brothers (born
Wonskolaser)—Harry (born Hirsch), Albert (born Aaron), Sam (born Szmul),
and Jack (born Jacob), whose parents had emigrated to North America from
Poland, which was at that time part of the Russian Empire. The three
elder brothers began in the movie theatre business, having acquired a
movie projector with which they showed films in the mining towns of
Pennsylvania and Ohio. They opened their first theater, the Cascade, in
New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1903. (The site of the Cascade later became
the Cascade Center, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex
honoring its Warner Bros. heritage, though in late 2010 all of the
businesses have closed and the complex is currently for sale.)
When this original theatre building in New Castle was in danger of
being demolished, the modern Warner Bros. called the modern building
owners, and arranged a 3 way even splitting of the cost of saving it,
between the state, Warner Bros, and the modern owners. The owners noted
the fact that they were taking phone calls from all over the country in
reference to the historical significance of the humble building that
should be saved historically.