American Zoetrope

American Zoetrope
Production company
Industry Motion pictures
Founded December 12, 1969 (1969-12-12)
Headquarters San Francisco, California, United States
Key people
Francis Ford Coppola
George Lucas
Owner Roman Coppola
Sofia Coppola

American Zoetrope (also known as Zoetrope Studios from 1979 until 1990) is a privately run American film studio, centred in San Francisco and founded by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas.

Opened on December 12, 1969,[1] American Zoetrope was an early adopter of digital filmmaking, including some of the earliest uses of HDTV. The studio has produced not only the films of Coppola (including Apocalypse Now, Bram Stoker's Dracula and Tetro), but also George Lucas's pre-Star Wars films (THX 1138), as well as many others by avant-garde directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, Wim Wenders and Godfrey Reggio.

Four films produced by American Zoetrope are included in the American Film Institute's Top 100 Films. American Zoetrope-produced films have received 15 Academy Awards and 68 nominations.

American Zoetrope is located in the Sentinel Building


Initially located in a warehouse on Folsom Street, the company's headquarters have since 1972[2] been in the historic Sentinel Building, at 916 Kearny Street in San Francisco's North Beach neighbourhood.

Coppola named the studio after a zoetrope he was given in the late 1960s by the filmmaker and collector of early film devices, Mogens Skot-Hansen. "Zoetrope" is also the name by which Coppola's quarterly fiction magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, is often known.

American Zoetrope is now owned entirely by Coppola's son and daughter, directors Roman Coppola and Sofia Coppola.[3]

Zoetrope Virtual Studio

It also administers the Zoetrope Virtual Studio, a complete motion picture production studio for members only. Launched in June 2000 after more than four years work, it brings together departments for screenwriters, directors, producers and other filmmaker artists, plus new departments for other creative endeavours, offering e-collaborative tools. Filmmaker members can workshop a wide range of film arts, including music, graphics, design and film & video.


American Zoetrope / Zoetrope Studios filmography
Date Film Director Company Credit Notes
2017Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral Victor Salva American ZoetropeProduction Company
2016Joshy Jeff Baena American ZoetropeProduction Company
2014Life After Beth Jeff Baena American ZoetropeProduction Company
2013The Bling RingSofia CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company
2012A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan IIIRoman CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company
2012On the RoadWalter SallesAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company
2011TwixtFrancis Ford CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
2010SomewhereSofia CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company
2009TetroFrancis Ford CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
2007Youth Without YouthFrancis Ford CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
2006Marie AntoinetteSofia CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
2006The Good ShepherdRobert De NiroAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
2004KinseyBill CondonAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company (uncredited)[4]
2003Lost in TranslationSofia CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
2003Jeepers Creepers 2Victor SalvaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
2002PumpkinAnthony Abrams and Adam Larson BroderAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
2002Assassination TangoRobert DuvallAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
2001Jeepers CreepersVictor SalvaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
2001No Such ThingHal HartleyAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
2001SuriyothaiChatrichalerm YukolAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1999The FlorentineNick StaglianoAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company
1999The Virgin SuicidesSofia CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1999The Third MiracleAgnieszka HollandAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1999Sleepy HollowTim BurtonAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1998Moby DickFranc RoddamAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1997The RainmakerFrancis Ford CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1997BuddyCaroline ThompsonAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company (as An American Zoetrope Production)[4]
1997The OdysseyAndrei KonchalovskyAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company (as American Zoetrope San Francisco)[4]
1996JackFrancis Ford CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1995HauntedLewis GilbertAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company
1995My FamilyGregory NavaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1994Mary Shelley's FrankensteinKenneth BranaghAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1994Don Juan DeMarcoJeremy LevinAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1993The Secret GardenAgnieszka HollandAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1992Bram Stoker's DraculaFrancis Ford CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1992WindCarroll BallardAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1991Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's ApocalypseFax Bahr, Eleanor Coppola, and George HickenlooperAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1990The Godfather Part IIIFrancis Ford CoppolaZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1989Wait Until Spring, BandiniDominique DeruddereZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1987Tough Guys Don't DanceNorman MailerZoetrope StudiosProduction Company
1987Gardens of StoneFrancis Ford CoppolaZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1987BarflyBarbet SchroederZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1986Peggy Sue Got MarriedFrancis Ford CoppolaZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1985Seven Minutes in HeavenLinda FefermanZoetrope StudiosProduction Company
1985Mishima: A Life in Four ChaptersPaul SchraderZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1984The Cotton ClubFrancis Ford CoppolaZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1983The OutsidersFrancis Ford CoppolaZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1983Rumble FishFrancis Ford CoppolaZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1983The Black Stallion ReturnsRobert DalvaZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1982The Making of 'One from the Heart'Tony St. JohnZoetrope StudiosProduction Company
1982HammettWim WendersZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1982One from the HeartFrancis Ford CoppolaZoetrope StudiosProduction Company/Distributor[4]
1982The Grey FoxPhillip BorsosZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1982The Escape ArtistCaleb DeschanelZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1980KagemushaAkira KurosawaZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1980Sauve qui peut (la vie)Jean-Luc GodardZoetrope StudiosProduction Company[4]
1979Apocalypse NowFrancis Ford CoppolaOmni ZoetropeProduction Company[4][5]
1974The ConversationFrancis Ford CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1974The Godfather Part IIFrancis Ford CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Facilities Furnished Through (as American Zoetrope San Francisco)[4]
1973American GraffitiGeorge LucasAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1971THX 1138George LucasAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4]
1969The Rain PeopleFrancis Ford CoppolaAmerican ZoetropeProduction Company[4][6]
Cafe Zoetrope at ground level of the building

Cafe Zoetrope

In the building lobby Coppola operates a small Italian café, Cafe Zoetrope, featuring Inglenook Estate wine and memorabilia from his films.[7]

The neighborhood is well known for its cafes and its writers. Coppola wrote much of the screenplay for The Godfather in the nearby Caffe Trieste and Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Books is located across the street from the Sentinel Building.


  1. Fog City Mavericks. Starz, Englewood, CO, USA. June 15, 2011. Television.
  2. "American Zoetrope: Films". Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  3. Coppola stated this in an interview with Harry Knowles for Ain't It Cool News published on May 8, 2007.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 "American Zoetrope: Films", Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  5. Zoetrope Studios [us]
  6. American Zoetrope [us]
  7. Cafe Zoetrope

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