The four founding Warner brothers (born Wonskolaser) were Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack, they were Jews who emigrated from Poland.
They opened their first theater, the Cascade, in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1903.In 1904, the Warners founded the Pittsburgh-based Duquesne Amusement & Supply Company, the precursor to Warner Brothers Pictures (now the Warner Bros Pictures subsidiary of Warner Entertainment) to distribute films.
In 1918 the brothers opened the Warner Bros studio in Hollywood.This is then where Looney Tunes was produced.However before Looney Tunes, the Warner Brother's first original animated TV series was Tiny Toon Adventures from 1990 to 1992.Looney Tunes was then produced from 1933 to 1963.Looney Tunes is a long running series of cartoons which became a huge hit across the world.
Until later when Warner reestablished its own animation division in 1980 to produce Looney Tunes related work.
The first important deal for the company was the acquisition of the rights to Avery Hopwood's 1919 Broadway play, The Gold Diggers, from theatrical impresario David Belasco. However, what really put Warner Bros. on the Hollywood map was a dog, Rin Tin Tin, brought from France after World War I by an American soldier.
Colour, Sound and style.
Warner Bros. was a pioneer of films with synchronised sound which was then known as "talking pictures".In 1925, at the urging of Sam, the Warners agreed to expand their operations by adding this feature to their productions. Harry, however, opposed it, famously wondering, "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" By February 1926, the studio suffered a reported net loss of $333,413.
In February 1933, however, Warner Bros. produced 42nd Street, a very successful musical that saved the company from bankruptcy.