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Place of creation
No place, unknown, or undetermined
1,074 optical tracks.
421 magnetic tracks.
55 audio reels.
553 videocassettes (ca. 800 h).
Scope and content
Fonds consists of moving material produced or processed by Bellevue Pathe Ltd., subsidiaries of Bellevue Pathe Ltd., and companies acquired by Bellevue Pathe Ltd. Material has been divided into seven series as follows: Astral Bellevue Classics; Astral Bellevue Pathe, Film Production; Bellevue Pathe, Laboratories; Astral Films; Bellevue Home Entertainment; Associated Screen News; and Associated Screen Industries.
Moving images: Reproduction with written permission of copyright owner and donor.
Sound recordings: Reproduction with written permission of copyright owner and donor.
Moving images: Refer to MINISIS for item-level descriptions. (Electronic)
Sound recordings: Refer to MINISIS for item-level descriptions. (Electronic)
Moving images: Refer to AV Collection File for title lists and additional information. (Paper)
Sound recordings: Refer to AV Collection File for title lists and additional information. (Paper)
Biography / Administrative history
In 1961 Harvey, Sidney and Ian Greenberg, four brothers, founded Angreen Photo in Montreal, Quebec to operate the camera and film concessions in the Miracle Mart department stores. This evolved into the Astral Photo national chain. The company acquired the Bellevue Photo Laboratory in Montreal in 1963, and in 1969 acquired Associated Screen Industries (ASI), Canada's largest motion picture laboratory. The same year the company name was changed to Bellevue Pathe Ltd. In 1973 Astral was constituted under the name Astral Bellevue Pathe Limited, the result of the amalgamation of the Greenberg-controlled Bellevue Pathe Limited, and Astral Communications Limited, a public company involved in theatrical and television distribution. Astral Bellevue Pathe was involved in a "vast assortment of film production, post-production and distribution services, retail camera and photo finishing operations and videocassette duplication and distribution businesses." Production and distribution divisions of Astral Bellevue Pathe included Astral Films Limited, Astral Bellevue Classics, Pathe Video Incorporated, Bellevue Home Entertainment, and Bellevue Pathe Video among others. The corporate name of Astral Bellevue Pathe Limited was eventually changed to Astral Inc., Astral Communications Inc., AstralTech in 1993, and then Astral Media Inc. in 2000. In 1999 Astral acquired 63.3% interest in Covitec Group in exchange for its AstralTech service assets. In 2002 the controlling interest of Covitec Group was sold to Technicolour, in addition to Astral Media's video duplication and distribution business. In 2001 Astral Media obtained ownership of The Family Channel, and also Telemedia radio stations in Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. As of 2002, Astral Media Inc. was one of the largest media companies in Canada, active in specialized, pay-per-view and pay television, radio and outdoor advertising. "Astral Media at 40: Pure Play Media all the Way." Sep 3 2001, p. 1. Playback advertising supplement.
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