Intermission Films

posted by barring on September 14, 2007 at 10:40 am

Hello everyone! I have a quick question for those of you with a historical background (that should include just about everybody!).

What was the name of the studio located in the State of Colorado (it is now closed and derelict)that did commercials, intermission films and coming attraction logos specifically for the drive-in market during the 40’s, 50’s and through the 70’s (I believe).

I think this studio was located in Denver, but I’m not sure.

Thanks much for any info!


Comments (9)

irvl on September 14, 2007 at 11:18 am

Alexander Films in Colorado Springs. I remember seeing many of its productions at the Saturday matinees.

KenLayton on September 14, 2007 at 12:57 pm

Here’s all you’d ever want to know:

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exit on September 14, 2007 at 3:57 pm

I always thought the most famous intermission trailers were done by Filmack, though I’m not sure where they’re located.

Vito on September 15, 2007 at 8:46 am

National Screen Service, which distributed all movie trailers from the 40s thru the early 90s, also produced many intermission trailers, snipes etc.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on September 15, 2007 at 2:07 pm

As a point of interest…the Associated British Cinema circuit always used Pearl & Dean for their intermission advertising.

barring on September 15, 2007 at 8:36 pm

Simon, who’s “Pearl & Dean” Do they have a website or any info. available on them?

Thanks everyone for your comments!!


Simon Overton
Simon Overton on September 17, 2007 at 3:01 pm

Brad, Pearl & Dean are probably located in London. I’m sure the fine chaps at the British Film Institute in Los Angeles can help with info and website. They’re in the British Embassy building.

ChrisB on September 18, 2007 at 2:20 am

This is a coincidence – a 1939 Graham automobile was just sold on eBay, and it had old window decals from the Alexander Film Company. Here’s the link:

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Scroll down through the photos and you’ll see the decal.

50sSNIPES on August 3, 2020 at 8:27 am

As Of The 1950’s, The Alexander Film Company Was Not As Popular Along With The United Film Services Of Kansas City, Missouri. Even Though When CinemaScope Continues To Build Up Theaters In The US, Filmack Of Chicago, Illinois Was Known To Be The Most Popular Local Advertisements And Merchant Snipe Films Of All Time As Of The Mid-1950’s And Continued Until The 1970’s. At The Time, It Completely Exploded The US And Was Extremely Popular For Its Music Tracks, The Backgrounds, The Bolded Futura And HGS Text, A Random Human Wiping The Words Downward To Reveal, The Upwards Text Scroll With 3 Stars Attaching To The Middle Of Every Sentence Or Local Company, Etc. Sometimes In The 1950s And 1960s, Filmack Will Show A Black-And-White Photo Of The Upcoming Movie With One Of The Company’s Music Tracks.

Filmack Though Had Very Good Pressing With Its Very Earlier Works, Including The Lighter Unknown Fonts During The Mid-1940’s Until 1954 (I Likely Called It The “Prototype”). But As Of The Modern Ones, There Are A Few Different Versions Of The Filmack Work Between 1955-1970. The Earlier Work Contains The Futura Font And Some Other Fonts, But Not The Boldest Futura Font As The Ones In Earlier Pressings. Some Theaters I Found Contain Not Amount Of Spacing Between The Lining. Later That Year, The Correction Was Solved.

Here’s Some Examples Of Filmack’s Very Earlier Works And Towards The End Of The Video Contains The First Version Of The Early Modern Technique Works From The Mid-1950s (1958 Dated) All Mixed In One:

Here’s An Example On Some Other Early Modern Filmack Work From The Mid-1950’s (1957 Dated):

When The Late 1950’s Roll Along, Filmack Upgraded A Little Bit On The Bolder Side On The Futura Work And As Of The Early 1960’s, Filmack Added More Music Tracks And The Fonting Became A Bit More Chunkier Side Of Bolding. The Mid-1960’s Roll-Along When Filmack Added More Fonts Such As The Gill Sans. The Late 1950’s/Early 1960’s Version Of The Filmack Work Ran For Most Of The Decade Until The 1970’s. Filmack Started To Slowly Reveal Other Unique Features. But As Of The Earlier 1970’s, Filmack Continued Their Early 1960’s Work In Half Of The Theaters. But New Extra Features To The Equipment Were Used In The 1970’s When Filmack Started To Die Down With Local Ads. As Of The Late 1970’s To The Early 1980’s, Filmack Died Down Their Local Ads And Had A Strong Focus On Sending Company Chains (Like Previously In The Late 1950’s To Early 1960’s On Some Local Chains, But Still Kept Its Main Popular Late 50s/Early 60s Texture).

Here’s An Example On The More Popular Later Modern Filmack Work From The Early 1960’s:

After Filmack Died Down With The Popular Fonting Technique In The Late 1970’s, There Are Mysteries. As Of Nowadays, A Hand-Load Of Theaters, Mainly In The Northeast, Did Gave Special Credit To The Popular Technique Of Filmack. Filmack Though Being A Strong Merchant Filmmaker, It Is Definitely A Powerful Message To Bring The Company Back To Life At The Time.

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