New Line Cinema is a film studio owned by Time Warner, as a unit of Warner Bros.
The studio got its start in 1967, built by Robert Shaye to show foreign and art films to college campuses in America. The studio started off by releasing several classic foreign films, as well as the works of John Waters. Before long, it finally got to make its own film, Stunts
in 1976; it was released in 1977 to critical apathy but marginal financial success.The Eighties
started off as usual for New Line Cinema. It made a number of horror flicks (such as the original Evil Dead
), kept releasing foreign and art movies, and got hit hard with a financial dearth
. It finally managed to strike gold in 1984, when it distributed A Nightmare on Elm Street
, which managed to be an instant success, no doubt helped by its minuscule budget. In the following years, New Line Cinema kept hitting hard with horror films and other fare.
In 1994, New Line was purchased by Turner Broadcasting, itself bought out by Time Warner two years later. At first, it was kept separate from the company's other studio subsidiaries (sister studio Castle Rock Entertainment
was run as part of Warner Bros. starting in 1999). However, when The Golden Compass
tanked at the American box office, it was decided that it would merge with Warner Bros., which became official in 2008. However, WB still makes films under the New Line Cinema name.
The studio also ran arthouse division Fine Line Features from 1990 until 2005, when it was replaced by Picturehouse, a collaboration with sister company HBO
, but it didn't last long before the WB merger killed it off, along with WB's own arthouse division, Warner Independent Pictures.
Films distributed by New Line Cinema: