|Founded||December 12, 1969|
|Francis Ford Coppola|
American Zoetrope (also known as Omni Zoetrope from 1977 to 1980 and Zoetrope Studios from 1980 until 1990) is a privately run American film production company, centered in San Francisco, California and founded by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.
Opened on December 12, 1969, the studio has produced not only the films of Coppola (including Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Tetro), but also George Lucas's pre-Star Wars film THX 1138, as well as many others by avant-garde directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, Wim Wenders and Godfrey Reggio. American Zoetrope was an early adopter of digital filmmaking, including some of the earliest uses of HDTV.
Four films produced by American Zoetrope are included in the American Film Institute's Top 100 Films. American Zoetrope-produced films have received 15 Academy Awards and 68 nominations.
Initially located in a warehouse at 827 Folsom Street on the second floor of The Automatt building, the company's headquarters have, since 1972, been in the historic Sentinel Building, at 916 Kearny Street in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.
Coppola named the studio after a zoetrope he was given in the late 1960s by the filmmaker and collector of early film devices, Mogens Skot-Hansen. "Zoetrope" is also the name by which Coppola's quarterly fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, is often known.
In 1980, the company bought General Service Studios in Hollywood, California, and became Zoetrope Studios, to produce and distribute films, as did later DreamWorks studio.
In 1999, it signed a deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for a first-look financing and production agreement. In 2000, it signed a 10-year financing pact with VCL Film + Meiden to handle foreign sales of their own titles.
By 2007, ownership of American Zoetrope had been passed to Coppola's son and daughter, directors Roman Coppola and Sofia Coppola.
In 2010, Lionsgate announced a deal to distribute American Zoetrope films, including classics like “The Conversation” and “Apocalypse Now,” in North America on DVD, Blu-ray, electronic-sell-through, VOD as well as broadcast distribution rights. The only movies from the Coppola canon that won’t be released as part of the pact are the “Godfather” trilogy, which is owned by Paramount.
Zoetrope.com, the Coppola family's website, was created around 1996 and became an online community for writers. In 2016, Francis Ford Coppola announced its relaunch as a "virtual studio".
|1969||The Rain People||Francis Ford Coppola||American Zoetrope||Production company|||
|1971||THX 1138||George Lucas|||
|1972||The Godfather||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King||Hans-Jürgen Syberberg||Distributor|||
|1973||American Graffiti||George Lucas||Production company|||
|1974||The Conversation||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|The Godfather Part II||Francis Ford Coppola||Production facilities furnished through (as American Zoetrope San Francisco)|||
|1977||Perfumed Nightmare||Kidlat Tahimik||Distributor|||
|Hitler: A Film from Germany||Hans-Jürgen Syberberg||Omni Zoetrope||Distributor|||
|1979||Apocalypse Now||Francis Ford Coppola||Production company|||
|The Black Stallion||Carroll Ballard|||
|1980||Sauve qui peut (la vie)||Jean-Luc Godard||Zoetrope Studios||Production company/distributor|||
|Kagemusha||Akira Kurosawa||Production company|||
|The Escape Artist||Caleb Deschanel||Production company|||
|Passion||Jean-Luc Godard||Production company/distributor|||
|The Grey Fox||Phillip Borsos||Production company|||
|The Making of 'One from the Heart'||Tony St. John|
|One from the Heart||Francis Ford Coppola||Production company/distributor|||
|1983||The Outsiders||Francis Ford Coppola||Production company|||
|Rumble Fish||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|The Black Stallion Returns||Robert Dalva|||
|1984||The Cotton Club||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|1985||Seven Minutes in Heaven||Linda Feferman|
|Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters||Paul Schrader|||
|1986||Peggy Sue Got Married||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|1987||Tough Guys Don't Dance||Norman Mailer|
|Gardens of Stone||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|1988||Tucker: The Man and His Dream||Francis Ford Coppola|
|1989||Wait Until Spring, Bandini||Dominique Deruddere|||
|1990||The Godfather Part III||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|1991||Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse||Fax Bahr, Eleanor Coppola, and George Hickenlooper||American Zoetrope|||
|1992||Bram Stoker's Dracula||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|1993||The Secret Garden||Agnieszka Holland|||
|1994||Mary Shelley's Frankenstein||Kenneth Branagh|||
|Don Juan DeMarco||Jeremy Leven|||
|My Family||Gregory Nava|||
|1996||Jack||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|1997||The Rainmaker||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|Buddy||Caroline Thompson||Production company (as An American Zoetrope Production)|||
|1999||The Florentine||Nick Stagliano||Production company|
|The Virgin Suicides||Sofia Coppola|||
|The Third Miracle||Agnieszka Holland|||
|Sleepy Hollow||Tim Burton|||
|2001||Jeepers Creepers||Victor Salva|||
|No Such Thing||Hal Hartley|||
|2002||Pumpkin||Anthony Abrams and Adam Larson Broder|||
|Assassination Tango||Robert Duvall|||
|2003||Lost in Translation||Sofia Coppola|||
|Jeepers Creepers 2||Victor Salva|||
|2004||Kinsey||Bill Condon||Production company (uncredited)|||
|2006||Marie Antoinette||Sofia Coppola||Production company|||
|The Good Shepherd||Robert De Niro|||
|2007||Youth Without Youth||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|2009||Tetro||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|2011||Twixt||Francis Ford Coppola|||
|2012||A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III||Roman Coppola|||
|On the Road||Walter Salles|||
|2013||Palo Alto||Gia Coppola|||
|The Bling Ring||Sofia Coppola|||
|2014||Life After Beth||Jeff Baena|||
|2015||A Very Murray Christmas||Sofia Coppola|||
|Last Days in the Desert||Rodrigo García|||
|2016||Paris Can Wait||Eleanor Coppola|||
|2017||The Beguiled||Sofia Coppola|||
|2020||Love Is Love Is Love||Eleanor Coppola|||
|On the Rocks||Sofia Coppola|||
|1990||The Outsiders||characters by:
|Zoetrope Studios||Production Company||Fox||co-production with Papazian-Hirsch Entertainment|
|1997||The Odyssey||Andrei Konchalovsky
based on Odyssey by:
|American Zoetrope||Production Company (as American Zoetrope San Francisco)||NBC||miniseries; co-production with Hallmark Entertainment|||
|1998||Moby Dick||Anton Diether
based on Moby-Dick by:
|Production Company||USA Network||miniseries; co-production with Hallmark Entertainment, Nine Network Australia and USA Pictures|||
|1998-2001||First Wave||Chris Brancato||Sci-Fi Channel||co-production with Sugar Entertainment|||
|UPN||co-production with The Greenblatt/Janollari Studio, International Famous Players Radio Picture Corporation and Eye Productions|||
|2004-2007||The 4400||René Echevarria
|USA Network||co-production with Renegade 83, Viacom Productions (season 1), Paramount Network Television (season 2) and CBS Paramount Network Television (seasons 3–4)|
|2014-2018||Mozart in the Jungle||based on Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music by:
|Amazon Video||co-production with Depth of Field, Picrow and Amazon Studios|||
In the building lobby, Coppola operates a small Italian café, Cafe Zoetrope, featuring Inglenook Estate wine and memorabilia from his films. Earlier, the building had been the location of Enrico Banducci's "hungry i" nightclub.
The neighborhood is well known for its cafes and its writers. Coppola wrote much of the screenplay for The Godfather in the nearby Caffe Trieste and Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books is located up Columbus Avenue from the Sentinel Building.