Movies weren’t yet talkies and the headquarters were located in New Jersey when Fox Film was founded in 1915. William Fox
couldn’t have imagined that his modest film company would get bulked up by merging with 20th Century, produce some of the highest-grossing movies of all time, and become a global empire. Here’s a look back at Fox’s long history as it prepares to merge with Disney.
Fox Studios’ East Lot on Western Avenue at Sunset in Hollywood
1915 Fox Film Corp. created by William Fox
. A key element was the Fox Theatres, which went into bankruptcy in 1933 and sold to National Theatres. The company moved from New Jersey to Echo Park and then Hollywood before settling in its present location west of Beverly Hills in 1926.
1935 On May 31, Fox merges with 20th Century, created by Joseph Schenck
and Darryl F. Zanuck
, and becomes the last of the “big six” studios to be established (though film historians