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Logo descriptions by Tlogos and WizardDuck
Logo captures by V of Doom and EnormousRat
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Background: Beacon Pictures (originally known as "Beacon Communications, LLC") is a movie production company that was established in 1990 by Armyan Bernstein to produce movies for important Hollywood studios.


1st Logo
(1991-1997, 2009- )

Beacon Pictures (1992)

Nicknames: "Beacon Tower", "Dismembered City"

Logo: On a black background, we see several 1940's-like buildings, all arranged haphazardly and titled at various angles. A much taller building emerges from the center, as the rest of them align to become upright. The tallest one's top flashes and a beacon's light emerges from it, as a box draws itself around the buildings. "BEACON" zooms out and flashes under the box, then dims.

FX/SFX: The tilting buildings and beacon lighting. The first part displays some pretty cool animation for logos at the time.

Music/Sounds: A rising synth note not unlike THX's Deep Note, followed by a "shining" sound effect when the beacon lights, then a piano chord. Sometimes, the opening theme of the movie is heard.

Availability: The company was not making very many (well-known) movies during the period, though it's known to exist on Princess Caraboo, The Road to Wellville and The Baby-Sitter's Club, among others. Strangely, the still version of this logo is currently seen on the TV series Castle.

Scare Factor: Low to medium. The zoomed-up buildings and abrupt noise at the beginning may startle more than a few.



2nd Logo
(1997- )

Beacon Pictures (1997)Beacon Pictures (1997)

Nickname: "Beacon Tower II"

Logo: On a black background, we see a white border with an animated city inside with some mountains. The tallest building's top flashes and a beacon light lights up on the
building and then dims. The word "B E A C O N" zooms out and is placed under the box, then flashes. The word "PICTURES" fades underneath it.

Variants:
  • On Bring It On, the logo explodes when it finishes animating to reveal a cheer squad performing.
  • On Air Force One, a byline is underneath the logo saying "A Beacon Communications Group Company". Surprisingly other prints of the said film have a byline saying "An Ascene Entertainment Group Company".
  • On Uncle P., the logo becomes a drawing and "FAMILY FILMS" appears below "BEACON".
  • Usually, "PICTURES" doesn't appear.

FX/SFX: The building flashes. The word "B E A C O N" zooming out.

Music/Sounds: None. Sometimes the movie theme plays over this logo.

Availability: Pretty common. Appears on many movies including Raising Helen, Firewall, and The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, among others.

Scary Factor: None.



Closing Variants


1st Logo
(1990s-2000s)

Beacon Pictures (1999)

Logo: TBA

FX/SFX: TBA

Music/Sounds: The closing theme of movie.

Availability: Seen at the end of End of Days and For the Love of Game.

Scare Factor: None.




2nd Logo
(2000's)
Beacon Pictures (Closing)Beacon Pictures (2002)

Logo
: There is a white rectangular
box with "B E A C O N" written inside near the top. The solid beam comes from the O's center to the down left corner of the box.

Variant: On The Emperor's Club, the logo was negative.

Music/Sounds: Same as the 1st closing logo
.

Availability: Uncommon, seen on Ladder 49. Many films have the still version of the regular opening logos.

Scare Factor: None.


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