Harry M. Warner
After frustrating attempts to run a movie theater in Pennsylvania, Harry Warner and his three brothers moved to California, convinced that they would have to make movies themselves if they were to ever have success at showing them. Though the brothers struggled initially, they were eventually able to secure financing from the east coast that allowed them to take a gamble on “talking movies.” Under Harry’s leadership, the company came to own and operate some 250 theatres in which to screen its films, and, more importantly, was a successful pioneer of the sound film industry.