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1st Logo (July 18, 1967-April 18, 1987)[]




New Line Cinema- Original Logo with Fanfare


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Nicknames: "The (Creepy) Red Line", "A Nightmare on the New Line Street", "Flashes of Doom"

Logo: On a black background, a red line stretches out across the screen. It then "flashes" rapidly, seeming to vibrate and form more lines above. The lines eventually form the words "NEW LINE CINEMA", and when the text is completed the screen begins to flash red. When the flashing is finished, the logo is now red with black segmenting (á la the CBS/Fox logo), and the word "FROM" can be seen above and to the left of the logo. The logo is "wiped" away at the end.


  • New Line used a different logo in print and at the end of trailers and movies from 1967 to 1987; it is the letters "NL" connected together. As far as we know, that was never used as an actual New Line logo.
  • There is also a high-contrast version with a dark blue background and "FROM NEW LINE CINEMA" in pink.
  • A black and white version can be found on Reefer Madness (A.K.A. Tell Your Children).

Closing Variant:

  • There is an ending variant with just the print logo, which says: "FROM NEW LINE CINEMA" and the "NL" combination. That appears at the end of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge.

FX/SFX: The "flashing" and the line effects.

Music/Sounds: None, which vary depending on the film.

  • On Toei productions (such as The Streetfighter and Bronson Lee, Champion), it would use the second half of the specialized theme that played over the Toei logo.
  • Actually, The Streetfighter's Last Revenge (at least the Wizard Video release) uses an edited version of the second half of the specialized jingle from The Streetfighter.
  • On some films if they used the print logo from Late August at the Hotel Ozone to Pink Flamingos, the buzzing and flickering sounds can be heard.
  • On Reefer Madness, Emil Kosa says "We can all be planks. God! Glunkakakakah!"
  • On The Cocaine Friends, a cartoonish synth theme is heard.
  • On some films from The Seduction of Mimi to Stay as You Are, the logo begins with a thunder sound effect while the weird atonal music plays over the logo.
  • On some films from Hurray for Betty Boop to The Evil Dead, the opening theme of the movie plays over the logo.
  • On Copkiller, Warriors of the Wasteland, Dear Maestro, Cave Dwellers, Big Meat Eater, Ferestadeh, Blind Date, Half a Life and The Ninja Mission, Rocky Longo says "Everywhere they go, pre-paring to, Pearse Q Ton Ton Luid Gee ah reeve!"
  • On Alone in the Dark, the "da-ding-ding" is heard that go "a-dinga-da-dinga-da-dinga-da-ding".
  • On Xtro, the "da-ding-dong" is heard that go "a-dinga-da-dinga-da-dong".
  • On the first two Nightmare on Elm Street movies, a weird atonal song is heard that go "wang-dong, dang-dong".
  • On Quiet Cool, Rocky Longo says "Remember when it is revived for a new series immediately after? DADADADADADADADA-DING!"

Availability: Rare.

  • Can be seen on the first two Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Strangely, that is seen on the 1999 and 2005 DVDs of A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (which originally used the next logo).
  • That was also used on the first Critters movie, as well as Xtro. Early prints of Alone in the Dark didn't have any logo.
  • The 1980 MGM/CBS release of The Streetfighter and the 1982 Wizard Video release of The Streetfighter's Last Revenge use that logo, but not the 1981 MGM/CBS release of Return of the Streetfighter. It is also featured on the 1987 HBO/Cannon Video release of The Evil Dead, though is completely absent on recent releases of said film; it is unknown if it's intact on the original Thorn EMI Video release or the Congress Video reprint.
  • It is also unknown if that appears at the start of the 1978 Media Home Entertainment releases of Tell Your Children (under the title Reefer Madness), and Night of the Living Dead (which was in the public domain), as well as the 1985 Media Home Entertainment release of the first mentioned film.
  • It doesn't appear on the Media release of Magical Mystery Tour.
  • The high-contrast version can be seen on a VHS of the 1976 version of The Cars That Ate Paris, as well as the Magnetic Video release of The Seduction of Mimi.
  • That is also intact on the Image Entertainment DVD of Quiet Cool after the 4th logo, as well as the 1984 Warner clamshell of Hurray for Betty Boop.
  • That can also be found on the Vestron Video CED and Media Home Entertainment VHS of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but it is unknown if it is kept on the Wizard Video VHS.
  • It is also unknown if that is seen on the Lightning Video VHS of the 1984 thriller Blind Date, the Media Home Entertainment VHS of Creepers (The cut version of Dario Argento's Phenomena) or the Wizard Video VHS of Mountain of the Cannibal God (AKA: Slave of the Cannibal God).
  • It is confirmed to be on the Shout! Factory release of The Streetfighter Trilogy.
  • It may be seen on the Force Video VHS of Immoral Tales.

Editor's Note: A very grindhouse-esque logo. Not suitable for viewers that are prone to epilepsy.

2nd Logo (February 27/April 19-August 28, 1987)[]

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Nicknames: "The Filmbox", "Box and Filmstrips", "The Ladder", "The Earlier Ladder", "The Original Filmbox", "New Line Filmbox"

Logo: On a black background, we see a box, connected with 2 filmstrips. It glows blue, and "NEW LINE CINEMA" is below, glowing in blue as well. Basically a still of the next logo, but the words are in black.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Ultra rare.

  • That plasters the previous logo on the RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video release of Quiet Cool.
  • That was originally used on the original theatrical release and TV spots of A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and appears on the 1987 Media Home Entertainment VHS and Laserdisc releases, as well as the 1999 New Line Home Video VHS release.
  • That was also used on the RCA/Columbia release of My Demon Lover and the theatrical trailers of Critters 2 and Hairspray (1988 film).
  • It may have also appeared on U.S. theatrical prints of Summer Night, but the IVE release doesn't use a logo, though the logo can be seen on the packaging.

Editor's Note: Because that was only used for a short time, it's probably a placeholder.

3rd Logo (August 28, 1987-April 26, 1995)[]

This is New Line Cinema's third logo up until 1995 before the logo changed in 1994. The picture that shows the New Line logo was modified beginning around 1991.

Nicknames: "The Filmbox II", "Box and Filmstrips II", "The Ladder II", "New Line Filmbox II"

Logo: On a blue/white ethereal background, a black box zooms and twirls from the screen. In the background, several filmstrips float by, as the box is connected by two filmstrips. One of the filmstrips attaches itself to the side of the box, and the other filmstrip tilts to half a right angle and attaches itself to the top right of the box. The background fades to black, with the box/ladder "glowing" blue at the end. The words "NEW LINE CINEMA" fade under the logo.


  • Some showings in Australia have the preceding Roadshow Television logo morph into the black box in the beginning of the New Line logo.
  • Beginning around 1991, there is less of a glow around the box and filmstrips and it has a more purplish tone to it.
  • There is a 2.35:1 scope variant where it is cropped from the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. That appears on Glengarry Glen Ross.

Closing Variants:

  • The first closing variant is basically the same as the opening logo, except the box and filmstrips are in white. That appears on A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.
  • The second closing variant shows "From" above the company name.
  • Starting around 1994, the "From" is gone, though there is still leftover space between the logo and company name.
  • Monkey Trouble shows an in-credit closing logo: "RELEASED BY NEW LINE CINEMA" with the box and filmbox logo next to it.

FX/SFX: The spinning box and filmstrip.

Music/Sounds: Usually none or the opening of the film. However, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child has a quiet flute and string jingle with bells and chimes. The Roadshow Television variant has an extended version of the 1992 Roadshow Entertainment jingle playing over it. On the Shout! Factory Blu-Ray of Man's Best Friend, it has the theme from the next logo, due to a reverse plaster.

Availability: Rare.

  • Current prints of most films update it with the next logo, though older prints will have that logo. Notable examples include older prints of the fourth, fifth and sixth films of the Nightmare on Elm Street series. That can be found on all pre-2002 releases of the second and third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films. The first film, however, deletes tats and goes straight to the opening credits on most U.S. VHS & DVD releases, while the Blu-Ray of the second film contains the 4th logo (though it's retained on current international prints (except the 2006 Magixeyes VCD) after the 1981 20th Century Fox logo).
  • The end variant can be found on The Mask, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Dumb and Dumber and Friday.
  • That made its last appearance on North (most video releases omit it and go straight to the Columbia logo), but it was also seen on UK theatrical prints of The Mask, despite all home video releases using the next logo.
  • That is retained on most home video releases of Drop Dead Fred such as the original 1991 LIVE Home Video VHS (later reissued by F.H.E. in 1996), the 2003 Artisan DVD (after the Artisan logo), the 2002 Universal DVD from the UK (after the 1997 Universal logo), and the UK 25th Anniversary Blu-ray from Final Cut Entertainment (after the 1990 Universal logo). However the original UK rental VHS of Drop Dead Fred edits that out and goes straight to the opening credits.
  • It also appeared on the theatrical U.S. release of Babar: The Movie, but most home video releases delete that and go straight to the opening credits (the first VHS from Family Home Entertainment and possibly eOne's 2014 DVD release have the closing logo intact, however).
  • The MGM DVD release of Amos & Andrew has that plastering the Columbia Pictures logo before going to the Castle Rock Entertainment logo. However, a 1998 MGM/UA Movie Time VHS and one On Demand print had the New Line, Columbia and Castle Rock logos present, while most HD streaming masters and the Olive Films Blu-ray have the 2012 MGM logo plastering over the New Line and Columbia logos.
  • It also may have been seen on U.S. theatrical prints of Communion (1989), but the Canadian Cineplex Odeon and U.S. MCEG Virgin VHS skips the logo entirely, although it is on the packaging. That is also retained on the Shout! Factory Blu-Ray of The Lawnmower Man.
  • Strangely, the opening variant appears after the closing variant on recent HBO airings of The Mask. Don't expect that to show up on the Cinetel Films they distributed into theaters.

Editor's Note: Very good 2D animation, albeit a little dated.

4th Logo (October 14, 1994-September 3, 2010, March 31-August 20, 2016, December 7, 2016)[]

Nicknames: "The CGI Filmbox", "The Filmbox III", "Box and Filmstrips III", "The CGI Ladder", "The Ladder III", "New Line Filmbox III"

Logo: Essentially a CGI redux of the previous logo. On a black background, a black box rotates out from an extreme close-up, with a blue light in the background. Various filmstrips that look like ladders zoom past the box as two more filmstrips rotate in, one attaching itself to the side of the box, and one attaching itself to the top-right to form the familiar logo. The blue light dies down to create a glowing effect around the "ladder" as "NEW LINE CINEMA" zooms-out from below in ITC Garamond Cond Book font. The respective company byline fades-in underneath.


  • October 14, 1994-November 18, 1994: "A TURNER Company" (in Helvetica)
  • December 16, 1994-June 25, 1997: "A Turner Company" (in Helvetica; it appears chyroned in since it fades out before the rest of the logo.)
  • August 1, 1997-December 25, 2000, November 7, 2003: "A Time Warner Company" (in Helvetica Condensed)
  • January 26, 2001-October 17, 2003: "An AOL Time Warner Company" (in Times New Roman, earlier films may have a smaller byline)
  • December 17, 2003-September 3, 2010, March 31-August 20, 2016, December 7, 2016: "A TimeWarner Company" ("TimeWarner" is in the corporate font while "A" and "Company" are in FF Meta)


  • From October 14 to November 18, 1994, a prototype variant of that logo was used. The differences are the light moves all around the logo, before settling into its usual place, and the New Line text (in Times New Roman Condensed) zooms out with a trail effect (and starts out black before fading to white); the finished product looks very similar to the 3rd logo's finished product. The Turner byline is used here, sometimes chyroned in on some releases. That may or may not have been a placeholder logo, but it was used on The Endless Summer II (at least on the original Columbia TriStar Home Video VHS release, as well as the Turner Home Entertainment VHS reprint), The Mask (although some earlier theatrical releases probably used the 1987 logo), Corrina Corrina (on early home video releases, since newer releases restore the original 1987 logo), Wes Craven's New Nightmare (the first film to use that logo, although newer prints plaster it with the 2003 version) and The Swan Princess (the US theatrical release only, all home video copies in the United States plaster it over with the Nest Entertainment logo, though it's still intact on the UK Columbia/Tristar VHS/DVD as well as Hulu and TubiTV prints of the movie). The second version would make its debut on Dumb and Dumber, released on December 16, 1994.
  • There are two variations of the 1997-2000 Time Warner byline:
    • The earlier version is essentially the same as the Turner version, but the logo freezes to hide the Turner references (the shining animation on the filmbox stops if you look closely). Additionally, the size of the byline varies in that version and appears chyroned in. Debuted on Money Talks and made its final appearance on The Little Vampire, released on October 27, 2000. It was used in tandem with the next variation below.
    • The later variation slightly redid the logo to look more updated, thus no freeze frame was needed. The brightness and the lighting effects have been improved drastically. Additionally, the Time Warner byline has been redesigned to look less "chyroned in" and the logo also now fades out smoothly. Debuted on Blade (released on August 21, 1998), was used in tandem with the earlier variation at first, but afterwards was the version that New Line films used from that point onward (with the byline changes) until its last appearance in 2010.
    • However, if you look extremely carefully at the 2003 TimeWarner version, the shining effect continues but the light behind the filmbox freezes.
  • On Dog Park, the Time Warner byline is in the Times New Roman font (which would later be used for the AOL Time Warner byline).
  • There is a videotaped variation of that logo where the animation runs at a smoother, fast-paced frame rate. That can be seen on original VHS and older DVD releases of Mortal Kombat, the 1997 VHS of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Now and Then.
  • Depending on the film quality and color grading, that logo may start out completely black and then reveal it is the box rotating or show a glossy surface before revealing the box. Usually, the logo had a generally darker shade during its earlier years.
  • During its later years of usage, that logo seems to have gained hues of purple/pink.
  • On 3D movies, including Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Final Destination, a different variant is used where the filmstrips, ladders, and text zoom-in.

Closing Variants:

  • At the end of films released during the Turner era, the logo is bylineless. The blue light and shining effects animate.
  • Starting from when the 1997 Time Warner byline was used, the logo is still and has the respective byline. Despite replacing the early TW variant as an opening logo, the later TW variant was almost never used as a closing logo, with most films released from 1998 to 2000 instead using the early TW variant at the end.
  • At the end of some movies, such as Elf, the print logo is shown with the words "NEW LINE CINEMA" in a bold Times font to the right of it, and the TimeWarner byline below; that scrolls up with the credits. That appears at the end of Blade II.

FX/SFX: CGI animation of the filmstrips and the box, and the zooming out of the text.

Music/Sounds: A string fanfare composed by Michael Kamen. It begins with a high violin note that rapidly but calmly descends with many notes, ending with a quiet chime/string theme.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • On some movies, such as The Corruptor, the Rush Hour movies and the Blade movies, the opening theme of the movie plays over the logo
  • On Don Juan DeMarco, the fanfare is double-pitched.
  • On The Wedding Singer, there is a re-orchestrated and quadruple-pitched version of the logo's theme, which echoes more and has a different flute note (However, current prints use the standard version instead).
  • The theme is shortened on some movies.
  • On films that originally used the silent 1987 logo, either it is silent or it has the standard fanfare. Otherwise, it uses the opening theme.
  • On Don Juan DeMarco, another different orchestration is used. The chimes when the text zooms out are more apparent, and the fanfare is doubled in pitch.
  • Some earlier films with that logo contain a different orchestration of the fanfare that sounds slightly slowed down (New Line Home Entertainment and New Line Television continued to use that version until their demise). However, that is usually plastered with the standard fanfare on newer prints of such films.
  • Strangely, recent prints of Jason X (2001) have a high-pitched version of that fanfare playing over the 2003 logo. The original version was silent and used the 2001 byline.

Availability: Common.

  • Much more prolific than their past logos, given their higher-profile status thanks to the Turner and Time Warner acquisitions.
  • The prototype version can be found on the aforementioned movies above.
  • The finalized version with the Turner byline can be seen on 1994-1997 films such as Seven, Mortal Kombat, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Friday, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Dumb and Dumber. It is a hard find, but not too hard.
  • Turner-era New Line Home Video releases can still be found on the market if you look hard enough. Many newer issues of Turner-era releases update the Turner byline with a Time Warner byline (whether the 1997 or 2003 one), although the bylineless closing logo is usually left unplastered.
  • Even the AOL Time Warner byline is plastered with the 2003 byline, most notably on recent releases of the extended editions of the first two Lord of the Rings films (The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers). That byline first apperaed on the third film of that trilogy (The Return of the King). That logo has even been sighted plastering the 1987 logo on several films. Such examples include HBO's print of Drop Dead Fred, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, and current prints of the Nightmare On Elm Street series. Don't Expect on this Bernard First 2 In Los Angeles (2003) DVD And VHS
  • Also seen on some video games based on New Line Cinema properties, mainly the Lord of the Rings franchise. That precedes the 1st logo on the Image Entertainment DVDs of Quiet Cool and Xtro, but many DVD releases are updating that logo with the 2003 version. It appears on the Canadian C/FP Video release of The Basketball Diaries, a co-production with [PolyGram Filmed Entertainment; don’t expect it on the PolyGram Video] and Palm Pictures releases, as they only start with the Island Pictures logo.
  • Debuted on Wes Craven's New Nightmare and was last seen on Going the Distance.

Editor's Note: The definitive New Line Cinema logo, due to its longevity, its effectiveness as a logo, and its prevalence. The 2003 byline logo can annoy some people due it plastering the previous logos (and earlier variations of the same logo) on current releases of old output.

5th Logo (January 28, 2011-November 26, 2020)[]

Nicknames: "The WB/New Line Combo", "The Transition", "The WB Shield/New Line Filmbox Transformation", "The WB/New Line Transition", "The CGI Filmbox II", "The Filmbox IV", "The Golden Filmbox", "Box and Filmstrips IV", "The CGI Ladder II", "The Ladder IV", "New Line Filmbox IV", "Golden New Line Filmbox", "Pre-Pentagram Filmbox"

Logo: We travel through the clouds to see the 1998 Warner Bros. shield, with the banner on it reading "WARNER BROS. PICTURES" and the standard Time Warner/WarnerMedia byline fading in below, both zooming in toward the screen. The 1998 Warner Bros. shield then breaks up into pieces, leaving the blue part of the shield and the byline. We pan from a day sky to a cloudy night sky. The gold pieces turn into the filmstrips and squares (now rounded at the edges) of the New Line logo while all the letters of "NEW LINE CINEMA", in a stylized flat font, appears flipping in. Also, parts of the WB shield appear in the filmstrips and squares for 3 seconds. The logo shines and the byline fades in below.


  • January 28, 2011-June 15, 2018: "A TimeWarner Company" (with "TimeWarner" in its own logo font, with "A" and "Company" in FF Meta typeface)
  • September 7, 2018-November 26, 2020: "A WARNERMEDIA Company" (with "WARNERMEDIA" in its own logo font, with "A" and "Company" in AT&T Aleck Sans Light)


  • On early films with this logo, such as The Rite, Hall Pass, Horrible Bosses and New Year's Eve, the sky background is slightly different. Also, an extra filmstrip can be seen before the second square flies to the center.
  • At the end of Dumb and Dumber To, a still shot of the logo is used.
  • Few films (such as The Hobbit series) do not have the WB shield's reflection on the filmbox.
  • On The Nun (the first movie to use the WarnerMedia byline) and The Curse of La Llorona, we fade into the zooming cloud background first. Then, the Warner Bros. shield fades in and the animation continues as usual. The entire logo is tinted in a dark greyish blue.
  • On Isn't It Romantic, there is an error where one of the filmstrips' holes and the hole in the "A" in "NEW LINE CINEMA" briefly disappear.

Closing: See Warner Bros. Pictures.

FX/SFX: The WB shield breaking up and forming the NLC logo. Amazing CGI with a great day into night transition, created by Picture Mill.

Music/Sounds: Usually none or the opening theme of the movie.

Music/Sounds Variants:

  • New Year's Eve has a custom fanfare which syncs up to the animation.
  • On If I Stay, the WB/New Line themes play for their respective logos, with the New Line theme being abridged.

Availability: Common.

  • Can be seen on all New Line releases since The Rite in 2011, all distributed by Warner Bros. (since 2008, New Line Cinema is a subsidiary of Warner Bros., hence the WB shield in the beginning).
  • The still version can be seen after the end credits on Dumb and Dumber To.
  • The WarnerMedia byline first appeared on the trailer for Shazam!, while the fully animated version first appeared on The Nun.
  • The TimeWarner byline was last appeared on Tag.
  • The last film to use this logo was Superintelligence.

Editor's Note: While not as popular as the previous logo, that logo has garnered a following over the years that it's been used.

6th Logo (April 8, 2021- )[]

Nicknames: "The WB/New Line Combo II", "The Transition II", "The WB Shield/New Line Filmbox Transformation II", "The WB/New Line Transition II", "The CGI Filmbox III", "The Filmbox V", "The White Filmbox", "Box and Filmstrips V", "The CGI Ladder III", "The Ladder V", "New Line Filmbox V", "The Warner Bros/New Line Logos II", "Pentagram Filmbox", "2020s Filmbox", "From Daytime to Sunset", "Filmbox in the Sunset Sky", "Filmbox in the Sky II"

Logo: Same concept as the previous logo, but the 2019 Warner Bros. shield and the 2021 logo background is now used instead. When we get closer to the shield, it shines as the WarnerMedia byline fades out, and in a similar fashion to the last logo, the shield breaks up to transform into the New Line Cinema logo on a more realistic sunset background (using the same design from before, but the line between the text and byline is removed), now in white that time to match with the 2019 WB shield with the white outline (and the reflection of the WB shield is removed in the New Line filmbox logo). The 2019 WarnerMedia byline fades in below (although much earlier that time just as the filmbox finishes forming) as the filmbox and "NEW LINE CINEMA" text shine. Also, the line above the byline is no longer seen.

Closing Variant: Same concept as the previous logo. See Warner Bros. Pictures.

Variant: A version exists where the logo doesn't fade in or fade out. That can be seen on Devastudios' website.

FX/SFX: Same as the last logo, but with updated visuals and effects. Awesome CGI done by Devastudios, who also worked on the other related on-screen 2021 WB logos. Like the other 2021 WB logos, the sky and clouds were done using Terragen from Planetside Software.

Music/Sounds: Same as the last logo.

Availability: Brand new. First debuted on the trailers for Mortal Kombat (2021) and Those Who Wish Me Dead. It made its first appearance on the former film (albeit using a variant) and the standard version made its first appearance on the latter.

Editor's Note: A great update to the previous logo. Only time will tell if the WB and New Line themes will be used for their respective logos.