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Ealing Studios

Ealing is the unlikely home to the oldest film studio in the world. Ealing Studios are steeped in history, and fascinating tales lurk around the corner of every lot and in every dressing room.

Ealing Studios [map] has survived many monumental changes in film history from the advent of the “talkie” to the recent digital revolution, as well as two world wars, whilst continuing to entertain the British people and the world.

Will Barker, a pioneer of British cinema, acquired the site in 1902. Basil Dean, owner of Associated Talking Pictures took over from Barker in the early 1930s and Ealing Studios was established. In 1938, Michael Balcon joined Dean as Head of Production and the golden era of Ealing Studios began.

This bountiful period of creativity would last until the late 1950s and create some of Ealing’s best loved productions including The Ladykillers, The Lavender Hill Mob, Passport to Pimlico and Kind Hearts and Coronets. It was during this period that Ealing brought the likes of Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Katie Johnson and Peter Sellers to the big screen.

The BBC bought the Studios in 1959 and they spent the next 20 years creating television productions from Ealing Studios such as Colditz, The Singing Detective and Fortunes of War.

The Studios were acquired in mid-2000 by Uri Fruchtmann, Barnaby Thompson, Harry Handelsman and John Kao. Together these partners aim to rebuild the Studios with a vision that brings film, technology and property expertise together in order to revive and continue the outstanding quality of past productions made here at Ealing.

Ealing Studios has recently accommodated high profile films including An Ideal Husband, Notting Hill , Star Wars – Episode 2, Lucky Break and The Importance of Being Earnest. And recent television productions include The Royle Family (Granada), Bedtime (HatTrick), Randall and Hopkirk Deceased (Ghost) and Emma Brody (20 Century Fox).

Ealing Studios is an integral part of the nearby community and offers adult film workshops, children’s theatre workshops and a range of organized tours and facilities

Ealing Studios is based at Ealing Green, W5. Tours and film workshops are strictly by appointment.

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