Bray Studios (UK)

Bray Studios is a film and television facility at Bray, near Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. The model and miniature filming for the film Alien and the TV series Space 1999 were shot here, as well as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It is best known for its association with Hammer Film Productions and contains four stages, plus offices and workshops.

Hammer originally leased country houses in which to shoot films, until the company eventually purchased Down Place on the banks of the Thames near Bray. After using every room and angle in its films, it later enlarged the house into the Bray Studios complex. The last Hammer production made at Bray was The Mummy's Shroud, which wrapped on 21 October 1966. Hammer sold the studio in November 1970. Bray Studios continued to host television, film work and band rehearsals until around 2012. The site of Bray Studios was due to undergo a programme of redevelopment into a residential area under the current owner of the studio, who claimed for several years that there was no call for the studio any more, despite having refused a number of applications by productions to use the facilities. Following several planning applications, work began in late 2017 to demolish unsafe buildings within the complex.[1]

The studio continues to be used for filming today.

References

  1. Enfield, Laura (3 June 2010). "A look-back at Bray Studios as it faces closure in its 60th year". Maidenhead Advertiser. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2010.


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