Biography of 'Green’s Film Service / Green’s Topical Productions'
Films associated with 'Green’s Film Service / Green’s Topical Productions'
- BOYS' BRIGADE RALLY IN ABERDEEN
- BOYS' BRIGADE RECRUITING MARCHES, LEITH
- BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS GREEN'S NEWSREEL: Marriage of Green / McMahon
- BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS NO 127 and UNIVERSITY NEWS
- BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS No 166, OPENING OF DRUMPELLIER MOSS
- BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS No. 156, FUNERAL OF THE EARL OF EGLINTON AND WINTON
- BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS NO. 165, ROTHESAY PEACE CELEBRATIONS
- BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS, ARDROSSAN SHIPYARD
- BRITISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS: Wedding of Alys Couper and Douglas Lindsay
- BUYING A HORSE
- COUNCIL'S ENTERPRISE
- GLASGOW'S HOUSING PROBLEM AND ITS SOLUTION
- GREAT GLASGOW FIRES
- HOLIDAY SCENES AT ROTHESAY
- LOCHGELLY AT WORK AND PLAY
- LOST INDEPENDENCE?
- OPENING OF GREEN'S PLAYHOUSE, DUNDEE
- OPENING OF HAMILTON LA SCALA PICTURE HOUSE
- PATRIOTIC PORKERS
- PRINCE AT COCONUT SHY
- PRINCESS ROYAL OPENING NEW HARBOUR AT MACDUFF
- REMEMBRANCE DAY
- ROTHESAY 1918
- SCOTTISH CUP FINAL - ABERDEEN v CELTIC AT HAMPDEN PARK, 24th APRIL, 1937
- SCOTTISH CUP TIES
- SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS NO. 120, SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL
- SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS NO. 32
- SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS No. 46
- SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS, RETURN OF THE INTERNED
- SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS, ROUTE MARCH 1st BATTALION LANARKSHIRE VOLUNTEER REGIMENT
- SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS: FUNERAL OF LIEUTENANT GEORGE DINWOODIE
- SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS: TANK BANK ABERDEEN, AERIAL DISPLAY EDINBURGH
- SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS: Royal Visit to Edinburgh
- SCOTTISH MOVING PICTURE NEWS: Wedding of John Glaister and Isobel Lindsay
- UNVEILING OF WAR MEMORIAL, SALTCOATS
- VOTE FOR HARRY KEMP
Exhibitor, production company and newsreel company
Green’s Film Service was established around the beginning of the First World War by George Green, showman/exhibitor in Glasgow, as an adjunct to his cinema owning business. As the number of cinemas in his circuit increased, Green’s volume of film hires was also increasing. He decided that a more cost-effective process was required, and he began to buy the reels outright. His selection of purchases were so successful with the public that he started to select and supply programmes to other showmen growing into what was to become the renting operation Greens Film Service.
By 1915 Green’s circuit consisted of 10 cinemas with Greens Film Service, having offices in Glasgow and London. By 1917 Greens had a thriving enterprise, renting comedies, serials and dramas, they also launched their own magazine ‘Greens Kinema Tatler’. They had a mechanical department selling projectors, their own printing division for programmes and publicity materials and a musical department.
Investing in Samson Films, and buying out their rival JJ Bennell’s producing plant the Greens acquired an interest in film production. They began producing local topicals for independent exhibitors and their own circuit of screens under the name ‘Green’s Topical Productions’. In October 1917 this topical production activity was further developed with the introduction of the first Scottish newsreel The Scottish Moving Picture News. In May 1919, the name was changed to British Moving Picture News suggesting an attempt to break in to a wider UK market. However the newsreel revered back to its original name in 1921 and by the end of 1922 newsreel making had ceased.
Green’s Topical Productions continued in business until about 1925.
Researcher: Joan Allan