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Vestron Pictures
TypeMotion pictures
DefunctLate 1992
FateParent company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, assets acquired by LIVE Entertainment
Key people
Austin O. Furst, Jr.
ProductsMotion pictures
OwnerVestron, Inc.
ParentVestron Video (1986-1992)
Marina Entertainment, Inc (1990-1992)

Vestron Pictures was an American film studio and distributor, and a former division of Austin O. Furst, Jr.'s Vestron Inc., best known for their 1987 release of Dirty Dancing.[1]

The company was a spin-off of the earlier video distributor, Vestron Video.[1] Vestron also had a genre film division, Lightning Pictures, a spin-off of Vestron's Lightning Video.

Vestron Pictures' parent company, Vestron, Inc., filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy and went out of business in 1991, with their assets being acquired by LIVE Entertainment. Today, Lionsgate owns the rights to the Vestron library after acquiring Artisan Entertainment in 2003.


Vestron Pictures

Release Date Title Notes
July 20, 1986 Malcolm US distribution only
November 14, 1986 Slaughter High
November 1986 Billy Galvin
February 20, 1987 Alpine Fire
May 1987 The Adventure of the Action Hunters
Nightforce Direct-to-video
August 21, 1987 Dirty Dancing
September 25, 1987 China Girl
September 25, 1987 The Princess Bride International distribution only; 20th Century Fox owned North American theatrical rights
October 2, 1987 Anna
November 6, 1987 Steel Dawn
1988 Dangerous Curves
January 22, 1988 Promised Land
March 4, 1988 And God Created Woman
April 8, 1988 The Pointsman
April 22, 1988 The Unholy
May 13, 1988 Midnight Crossing
May 20, 1988 Call Me
June 3, 1988 The Beat
June 17, 1988 Waxwork
June 1988 Paramedics
August 12, 1988 Young Guns International and video distribution only, 20th Century Fox owned North American theatrical rights
October 14, 1988 The Lair of the White Worm
November 25, 1988 Amsterdamned US distribution only
December 23, 1988 Burning Secret
January 27, 1989 Parents
March 3, 1989 Dream a Little Dream
March 1989 Big Man on Campus
May 5, 1989 The Rainbow
May 12, 1989 Earth Girls Are Easy US distribution only
June 29, 1989 Twister
August 25, 1989 Little Monsters Vestron produced the film but sold the film to United Artists due to financial problems
December 1, 1989 Hider in the House
December 8, 1989 Cat Chaser
1990 Spies on Ice
March 28, 1990 Paint It Black Direct-to-video
April 3, 1990 Catchfire
July 15, 1990 Fear
November 1990 Love Hurts
October 23, 1991 Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat Direct-to-video
January 29, 1992 Enid Is Sleeping
July 29, 1992 Spies Inc. released on VHS in 1992 by LIVE Home Video, under the name Code Name: Chaos

Lightning Pictures

Release Date Title Notes
July 10, 1987 Blood Diner
September 16, 1987 Street Trash
June 30, 1989 Far From Home
September 27, 1989 C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D.
March 16, 1990 Blue Steel eventually acquired and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer due to financial problems
May 11, 1990 Class of 1999 released by Taurus Entertainment Company
September 18, 1991 Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College released by Taurus Entertainment Company
January 17, 1992 A Gnome Named Gnorm


  1. ^ a b Special to The New York Times (February 17, 1990). "Talks on Vestron Reported". The New York Times.