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Note: For variations of these logos, see On-Screen Variations.


Contents

Columbiapictures1924 ColumbiaPictures1928 Columbia Pictures (1932) Columbia36 Columbia39 Columbia Pictures (1944)
1924–1928 1928–1932 1932–1936 1936–1942 1942–1952 1943–1953
 
Columbia40s Columbia1954 Columbia 1955 Columbia1968 Columbia1974 Columbia Pictures 1976 Na
1949–1957 1953–1969 1955–1968 1968–1973 1973–1976 1976–1981
 
Columbia Torch Lady 1981 Vlcsnap-2019-02-16-22h33m33s563 CPT Columbia logo 2006-2014 Columbia 2014 logo
1981–1993 1993–1999 1996–2007 2007–2014 2014–present


1924–1928

Columbiapictures1924

Columbia Pictures was founded on January 10, 1924 as Columbia Pictures Corporation. For their first films, the company used an illustration featuring a female Roman soldier holding a shield in her left hand and a stick of wheat in her right hand.

1928–1936

In 1928, the Roman soldier was replaced by Columbia (who is an early american personification of the United States) holding a torch on her right hand and wearing a draped US flag. Above her, the words "Columbia Pictures Corporation" (later "A Columbia Production") appear above in an arch.

1928–1932

ColumbiaPictures1928

1928–1936

Columbia Pictures (1932)

1936–1976

In 1936, the woman nicknamed as the Torch Lady now stands on a pedestal showing a giant Columbia text in chiseled letters behind her. The sky background was also added. This became the main design of the company for over 80 years.

1936–1942

Columbia36

1942–1952

Columbia39

In 1942, due to the United States Flag Code which considers illegal to wear the American flag as a costume,
the draped US flag was replaced with an ordinary cloth.

1943–1953

Columbia Pictures (1944)

Technicolor variation. The pedestal is more visible now and the sky background was changed.

1949–1957

Columbia40s

Black and white version.

1953–1969

Columbia1954

In 1953, since Technicolor films started to become more common, the entire logo was colored (although a Black and White variant was used in tandem with) and the ocean was added to the background to give the impression of a far horizon.

1955–1968

Columbia 1955

This was the CinemaScope version. The sky background was modified again to fill the screen.

1968–1973

Columbia1968

In 1968, the clothes of the Torch Lady were slightly modified.

1973–1976

Columbia1974

In 1974, the byline A Division Of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. was added on the bottom.

1976–1981

DESIGNER
Robert Abel and Associates (Animation)
TYPOGRAPHY
Unknown
USAGE
Official

From 1976 to 1981, Columbia Pictures replaced the classic logo with the one known as "Sunburst logo" which represented the beams from the torch. The Torch Lady was still seen without the "Columbia" text, but only in very few seconds at begenning of the animation sequence.

1981–1993

Columbia Torch Lady 1981

In 1981, Columbia discontinued the Sunburst logo and brought back Torch Lady, but now the full name of the company was and the clothes of the Torch Lady were colored orange. This logo is known for begin used in Ghostbusters and its sequel.

1993–present

1993–2007

1993–1999
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DESIGNER
Michael J. Deas (Artwork)
Jeff Kleiser and Diana Walczak (from Synthespian Studios; animation)
TYPOGRAPHY
Unknown
USAGE
Official

In 1993, the logo was repainted digitally by artist Michael Deas, giving it a more hyper-realistic look and the chiselled text was added again. The opening sequnce was also changed using a 3D animation made by Jeff Kleiser and Diana Walczak, in which the logo would zoom-out from torchlight to show the entire structure.
This became the most memorable logo of the company

Trivia:
  • Michael Deas hired Jennifer Joseph, a newspaper graphics artist, to model as the Torch Lady.
1996–2007
Columbia 'Fools Rush In' Opening

In 1996, the byline a Sony Pictures Entertainment company was added.

2007–present

2007–2014
Columbia logo 2006-2014
In 2007, the logo was updated with a more advanced CG animation.
2014–present
Columbia 2014 logo

The byline was changed to Sony Company in 2014.


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