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Dimension Pictures Inc.
IndustryMotion picture
PredecessorWoolner Brothers Pictures, Inc.
Founded1971; 53 years ago (1971)
FounderLawrence Woolner
Defunct1981; 43 years ago (1981)
Successor21st Century Film Corporation
Los Angeles, California

Dimension Pictures Inc. (DPI) was an American film studio founded in 1971, which primarily released exploitation and horror films.[1] The studio went defunct in 1981, after which many of its films were acquired by 21st Century Film Corporation.


Dimension was founded by Lawrence Woolner, an exhibitor who had made a number of films, including several with Roger Corman.[2] He hired the husband and wife team of Stephanie Rothman and Charles S. Swartz to run the filmmaking division.[2] Funds came from Sam Pulitzer, head of the Wembley Neckware Company who wanted to invest in movies.[3]

Rothman and Swartz left in 1975. She says that Pulitzer pulled out of the company by then and Wolmer did not want to renewed his contract with the filmmakers. Rothman:

That was just as well, in our opinion, because we could see that, the way he was managing the company, it wasn’t likely to be very successful, and that what was

happening is that a few pictures made money and the rest didn’t. A lot of it had to do with the kind of material that he was selecting. While he would ask our opinion of

these projects, he wouldn’t necessarily agree with it, and he tended, in our opinion, topick projects that were not as promising and were not as likely to be commercial.[3]

The company continued until about 1981.[4] After the company's bankruptcy, a majority of the films were acquired by 21st Century Film Corporation.[5]

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  1. ^ Konow, David (May 2008). "The First Dimension". Fangoria. p. 71.
  2. ^ a b Holmlund 2005, pp. 45–48.
  3. ^ a b "Interview of Stephanie Rothman" (PDF). UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research.
  4. ^ The New Poverty Row: Independent Filmmakers as Distributors, McFarland, 1991, p 149-173
  5. ^ Schlock, Temple Of (2009-04-29). "TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK: Dimension Pictures (1971-1981)". TEMPLE OF SCHLOCK. Retrieved 2021-01-01.