The Thanhouser Company at 100

Monday, October 26, 2009

Ned Thanhouser, grandson of the founder of the Thanhouser Company, discusses the film company's 100th anniversary. The Thanhouser Company was an independent film studio that operated from 1909 to 1918 in New Rochelle, New York. It produced a variety of films in the decade before most of the industry migrated permanently to California. The company is marking the anniversary with the release of volumes 10, 11, and 12 of "The Thanouser Collection" DVDs (available now at, as well as commemorative programs in New Rochelle and at MoMA.

"Thanhouser: 100 Years," is playing at MoMA October 26.

There is a free lecture and screening at the Museum of Arts & Culture, titled "Silents Are Golden: A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Thanhouser Films"
Wednesday, October 28, at 7:30 pm
The Linda Kelly Theater at New Rochelle High School
North Avenue at Braemer, New Rochelle
More information here.


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Comments [4]

Mike C. from Tribeca

Excellent segment, Leonard. Love hearing about silent films.

Oct. 26 2009 01:33 PM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from McLean, VA

Great segment. Can't wait to see the DVDs.

Oct. 26 2009 01:00 PM
Phillip from NY

Q. for guest: What "changes in the public's taste" were responsible for the company's demise?

Oct. 26 2009 12:34 PM
Pam from NY

I just saw again on B'way. "Ragtime," which takes place mostly in New Rochelle. One of the characters is an early movie mogul who marries a wealthy New Rochelle matron before he takes his company to California. A MUST SEE SHOW FOR ALL AMERICANS. It sheds a great deal of light on American history of 100 years ago, ON N.Y. history in particular, and on social justice issues including the greatest one of all, American race relations.

Oct. 26 2009 12:11 PM

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