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Film Booking Offices
of America, Incorporated
 
Type of Company Distribution company
Country of Origination United States of America
Years of Operation Formed 1922
Active 1922 through circa 1928
Company Principals Pat A. Powers (before October 1923)
Vice-president: H.C.S. Thompson (circa 1922), J.I. Schnitzer (circa 1922)
Treasurer: D.A. Poucher (circa 1922)
Secretary: E.I. Williams (circa 1922)
Assistant secretary: Lee Marcus (circa 1922)
Chief production executive: William Le Baron (1927 through ?)
Studio production chief: B.P. Fineman (1924-January 1926)
Joseph P. Kennedy (February 1926 through 1928?)
Company Offices 723 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York, USA (circa 1922)
Company Studios unknown

Film Booking Offices of America, Incorporated [FBO] was a reorganized company from the previous Robertson-Cole company. Later, Pat Powers became a de facto head of FBO and the company was sometimes unofficially known as Powers Studios. Powers left in October 1923. B.P. Fineman became studio production chief from 1924 through January 1926. The company was later purchased in February 1926 by Joseph P. Kennedy. William Le Baron became production head in 1927. Substantial FBO stock was purchased by RCA in January 1928. RCA then purchased control from Kennedy [?] (and others?) of FBO and the Keith-Albee-Orpheum theater circuit in October 1928 and formed the Radio-Keith-Orpheum Corporation [RKO].

References: FilmDaily-1923 p. 385.

 
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