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Metro Pictures
Fate Merged with Goldwyn Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Pictures
Successor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Founded 1916
Defunct 1924
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Key people Richard A. Rowland (1880-1947)
Louis B. Mayer (1885-1957)
Industry Film studio
Metro Studios, Los Angeles, CA. in 1918

Metro Pictures Corporation was an American motion picture production company founded in late 1915 by Richard A. Rowland (1880-1947). Louis B. Mayer (1885-1957) worked for Metro Pictures Corporation early on. The company started out distributing films made by Solax Studios but Mayer left soon after operations began to form his own company in 1918. Richard Rowland would continue to produce a number of films in New York City, Fort Lee, New Jersey, and in Los Angeles.

In 1920, the company was purchased by Marcus Loew as a supplier of product for his theater chain. A few years later, Loew merged it with his recently acquired Goldwyn Picture Corporation to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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, and Desilu Studios through the 1950s and 1960s. Today it is called Ren-Mar studios. 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.


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