Cinerama Releasing Corporation
|Services||theatrical films distribution|
Cinerama Releasing Corporation, or CRC, is a defunct motion picture company established in 1967 that originally released films produced by its namesake parent company that was considered an "instant major".
In 1963, the owner of the Pacific Coast Theater chain, William R. Foreman, purchased Cinerama, Inc. In 1967, CRC was set up to be an independent distributor of widescreen motion pictures produced by Cinerama, various foreign films and ABC Pictures, the film production unit of the American Broadcasting Company. As an instant major by 1970, CRC reached a 10% market share. ABC Pictures ended operations in early 1973, thus CRC moved to primarily distributing non-financed films (acquisitions). By August 1974, CRC had released 125 acquired films at which time its productions and reissues were handled by American International Pictures. Cinerama, Inc., CRC's parent company, was liquidated in May 1978 with the Cinerama name ending up being owned by Pacific Coast Theater.
CRC was only a distributor of films, without retaining copyright stake over each production. Therefore, the rights to CRC releases rest with their respective production companies:
- Productions by ABC Pictures International, as well as the Palomar Pictures International productions that were created for ABC, and Selmur Pictures, are owned by The Walt Disney Company (as ABC is now a subsidiary of Disney), with home video rights going to MGM.
- Productions by Bing Crosby Productions are now owned by Paramount Pictures on behalf of Rysher Entertainment.
- Tales from the Crypt is owned by 20th Century Fox, successor-in-interest to Metromedia.
- Rights to The Mack are owned by New Line Cinema, which is now a subsidiary of Warner Bros..
|Release Date||Title||Production company(ies)||format|
|1968||Nobody Runs Forever (The High Commissioner)||Rank Organisation, Rodlor, Inc., Selmur Pictures|
|1968||Custer of the West||Cinerama Productions Corp. presents, Security Pictures||Super Technirama 70|
|December 18, 1968||Hell in the Pacific||Selmur Pictures||Panavision|
|1968||Krakatoa, East of Java||Cinerama Releasing Corporation||Super Panavision 70|
|1968||Charly||ABC Pictures International|
|1968||The Killing of Sister George|
|December 10, 1969||They Shoot Horses, Don't They?|
|November 4, 1970||Song of Norway|
|November 3, 1971||Straw Dogs|
|1972||Tales from the Crypt||Amicus Entertainment & Metromedia Producers Corporation|
|1973||The Mack||CRC & Harvey Bernhard Enterprises|
- p. 332 Harpole, Charles History of the American Cinema University of California Press
- "The High Commissioner(1968)". TCM. Turner Entertainment Networks, Inc. Retrieved November 12, 2014. From AFI catalog.
- Hell in the Pacific at the American Film Institute Catalog.
- "Tales From The Crypt (1972) Cast, Credits & Awards". New York Times Movies. New York Times. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
- "The Mack (1973) Production Credits". New York Times Movies. New York Times. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
- Cook, David A. (2000). Lost Illusions: American Cinema in the Shadow of Watergate and Vietnam, 1970-1979. University of California Press.
- Major film studios
- National General Pictures, another instant major
- Commonwealth United, a some times instant major