The Studio That Capital Built

With financing from the Crédit Lyonnaise bank and investment from existing corporations, the company that was to become Pathé-Frères was incorporated in 1897 as a firm whose main income would derive from the manufacture and sale of cinema and phonograph machinery. Because it would take several years to develop marketable cameras and projectors, Charles Pathé plunged ahead with film production. Within a year, he was able to surpass Georges Méliès’ output of negative film, and he ensured expanded capacity with the construction of a massive “glass house” studio at Vincennes in 1902.

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