Isleworth Studios is the common name of two former film studios in Great Britain. Worton Hall Studios were based on Worton Hall, in Isleworth and this house was built in 1783 and rebuilt and extended in the early 19th century. In 1913 it was acquired, together with a nine-acre estate, the ground floor rooms became dressing rooms, canteen and other offices, the upper rooms became bedrooms for any staying overnight. Filming of Conan Doyles A Study in Scarlet began in summer 1914, in 1922 the studios, generally known as Isleworth Film Studios, were sold to British Super Films, in which Samuelson retained an interest. However, in 1928 an expensive lawsuit with the American actress Betty Blythe forced Samuelson to sell Worton Hall to British Screen Productions, by 1931 the studios were being used by Fidelity Films. Films produced here included Madame Guillotine, with Madeleine Carroll, in 1934 they were leased by Alexander Korda and in 1936 he produced Things to Come, based on The Shape of Things to Come by H G Wells.
Wells wrote the screenplay, Arthur Bliss the music, from 1936-44 the studios were owned by Criterion Film Productions, and afterwards by British Lion. They closed in 1952 and were used for 20 years by the National Coal Board as a Mining Research Centre. Worton Hall survives and has acquired by Bovis Homes for conversion into flats. In 1993, part of the building was leased by the Driving Standards Agency and is used as the Isleworth driving test centre. Part of the site is used as an industrial estate, shooting of The Third Man began here in 1948 before moving to Shepperton. In 1951, shortly before the closed, much of The African Queen was filmed here. Began in March 1935 as Odeon Isleworth, one of the Odeon Cinemas, the Bauhaus-influenced building has a Germanic style and was designed by George Coles. It closed in 1957, a victim of the rise in popularity of television, the cinema was gutted and converted to a studio. Whilst being used as Isleworth Studios, the original Odeon sign was visible up until the early 1990s, equator Films purchased the studio in 1999 but ultimately sold it.
The studios finally ceased operations at the building in 2001 and the section was taken down the following year. Since 2003, the building has incorporated into a new block of flats. Britains Forgotten Film Factory, The Story of Isleworth Film Studios
Gala Bingo Club, Tooting
The Gala Bingo Club, Tooting is a Grade I Listed Building in Tooting, an area in the London borough of Wandsworth. Originally built as one of the great luxurious Art Deco cinemas of the 1930s, in 2000 it became the first Grade I listed 1930s cinema and in 2015 was selected as an asset of community value. The building was first opened as the Granada, Tooting in 1931 and it was designed by the cinema and theater architect Cecil A. Massey for Sidney Bernstein, as part of his Granada cinema chain. Construction had begun in May 1930 and was completed by September the following year, an opening ceremony was held on 7 September 1931 to much local acclaim, more than 2000 patrons had to be turned away due to limited space. It included a performance by trumpeters from The Life Guards and Alex Taylor on the cinemas Wurlitzer, the opening films that night were Monte Carlo and the British short film Two Crowded Hours. Double-features like this one were the main component of the Granadas programming, variety shows would supplement the screening schedule, including theater and music performances as well as a small circus up until 1934.
Through the 1940s and 50s the Granada became more important as a venue in Wandsworth. Artists who performed there included Jerry Lee Lewis, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, the final artist to perform here would eventually be the Bee Gees on 28 April 1968. From 1970 the cinemas organ would be featured on the BBC Radio 2 program The Organist Entertains, declining attendance throughout the 1960s meant that by 1971 the cinema was only receiving 600 patrons per week. Concerned that this would lead Granada to close and demolish the building, on 28 July 1972 the cinema received Grade II* listed status. Heavy storms in July 1973 led to the flooding of the cinema and this coupled with the decling viewership led to the closing of the cinema on 10 November 1973. The final films shown were The Man Called Noon and Perfect Friday, the building would lie unused for almost three years until it was reopened on 14 October 1976 as the Granada Bingo Club, Tooting. Granada would continue to manage the club until May 1991 when it was taken over by Gala Bingo, on 5 October 2000 the building was relisted as a Grade I listed building, making it one of three such former cinemas in the UK.
It remains the only Grade I cinema of its style, even though the organ had been repaired in 1984 it had remained in relative disuse until 22 April 2007 when a concert was held featuring it. This was the first such concert since the 1970s, unfortunately more storm flooding on 20 July 2007 damaged the organ chamber and console once again. Following a year long campaign by local resident Dan Watkins in December 2015 the bingo hall was listed as an asset of community value. The building, which became the first cinema to be preserved and it was the interior, however that was spectacular. This was designed by Theodore Komisarjevsky, a set designer, making use of ornamental plasterwork by Clark and it has marble foyers both at the main and balcony entrances, and a hall of mirrors and deep ceilings more suitable for a palace than a cinema
Leicester Square is a pedestrianised square in the West End of London, England. It was laid out in 1670 and is named after the contemporary Leicester House, itself named after Robert Sidney, the square was originally a gentrified residential area, with tenants including Frederick, Prince of Wales and artists William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds. It became more down-market in the late 18th century as Leicester House was demolished and retail developments took place, several major theatres were established in the 19th century, which were converted to cinemas towards the middle of the next. The square remains a popular tourist attraction, including hosting events for the Chinese New Year, the square has always had a park in its centre, which was originally Lammas land. The parks fortunes have varied over the centuries, reaching near dilapidation in the century after changing ownership several times. It was restored under the direction of Albert Grant, which included the construction of four new statues, the square was extensively refurbished and remodelled for the 2012 London Olympics, costing more than £15m and taking over 17 months to complete.
The square lies within an area bound by Lisle Street, to the north, Charing Cross Road, to the east, Orange Street, to the south, and Whitcomb Street, to the west. It is within the City of Westminster, north of Trafalgar Square, east of Piccadilly Circus, west of Covent Garden, the nearest tube station is Leicester Square tube station, which opened in 1906. London bus routes 24,29 and 176 run on nearby Charing Cross Road, the land where Leicester Square now lies once belonged to the Abbot and Convent of Westminster Abbey and the Beaumont family. In 1536, Henry VIII took control of 3 acres of land around the square, the square is named after Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester, who purchased this land in 1630. By 1635, he had himself a large house, Leicester House. The area in front of the house was enclosed, depriving inhabitants of St Martin in the Fields parish of their right to use the previously common land. The parishioners appealed to King Charles I, and he appointed three members of the council to arbitrate.
Lord Leicester was ordered to keep part of his land open for the parishioners, the square was laid out to the south of Leicester House and developed in the 1670s. The area was originally residential, with properties laid out in a similar style to nearby Pall Mall. In 1687, the part of the square became part of the new parish of St Anne. The Jocelyn Sidney, 7th Earl of Leicester took ownership of the property in 1728 and it was briefly the residence of Frederick, Prince of Wales from 1742 until Leicesters death the following year. The poet Matthew Prior lived at what is now No.21 around 1700, the magistrate Thomas de Veil, to found Bow Street Magistrates Court, lived at No 40 between 1729 and 1737, this location is now the Odeon West End
Fairfield Halls is an arts and conference centre located in Croydon, London. It opened in 1962 and contains a hall, theatre. The large concert hall is used for BBC television, radio. Fairfield Halls closed for two years for a £30 million redevelopment in July 2016, although the venue has been a major venue for professional music, musicals, stand-up comedy and classical music, a significant proportion of Fairfields programme has been for community events. It was frequently used by schools as the venue for their annual choral concerts, as well as being regularly used by local music, amateur dramatic. The Concert Hall features a cinema with Croydons largest cinema screen, between 1930 and 1962 the land was home to both a car park and air raid shelters during the war. The venue was 50 years old in 2012 and a concert by the London Mozart Players was attended by the Earl of Wessex. A website was launched to celebrate both the venues history and to act as an ongoing archive. It contains 2,000 digitised images accessed via text and keyword searches and this makes it one of the largest digitised venue archives in Europe.
The buildings concert hall has 1,801 seats, the Ashcroft Theatre has 755, delaney & Bonnie & Friends recorded their live album On Tour with Eric Clapton in the halls, with a band that featured George Harrison. Morecambe and Wises appearance at the halls in 1973 was filmed, Fairfield Halls was used for British professional wrestling for many years, with various cards having been featured on ITVs World of Sport in the 1970s and 1980s. Fairfield has featured as a location in films, TV productions. Fairfield was run from 1993 to 2016 by a charity with a board of trustees. The charity was in receipt of a grant from Croydon Council. Croydon Council, the freeholder of the land, has had plans to refurbish Fairfield over the years. It is now anticipated that around £30m will be spent on redeveloping and modernising Fairfield Halls in the period between 2016 and 2018.1 in the Concert Hall, Fairfields concert hall appeared briefly in the film The Da Vinci Code as the location of Robert Langdons speech to students.
The venue featured in the films Made in Dagenham and Cuban Fury, Official web site Official archive web site
Vue West End
Vue West End is a nine-screen cinema complex in Leicester Square, London. Most of this was demolished, although the frontage was retained. It has changed again, and is now the Vue West End. The architects of the 1938 cinema were Thomas Somerford and E. A. Stone, the frontage has a facade of faced reconstructed marble. The sculptor Bainbridge Copnall provided a relief panel in each corner depicting the spirits of sight
Everyman Group is a cinema company in the United Kingdom. The company was founded in 2000, when entrepreneur Daniel Broch bought the original Everyman Cinema in Hampstead, Broch led the growth of the company with the acquisition in 2008 of Screen Cinemas to add more locations. This coincided with Broch selling a majority stake in the enlarged company, following the acquisition, the group has refurbished or plans to refurbish a number of cinemas. Those already refurbished include Walton, Belsize Park, Baker Street, everymans cinemas have one to five screens, a small number of which offer 3D. Everyman Cinemas offer a programme of films and special events, including the Metropolitan Opera from New York, the venues each feature a licensed bar, digital projection and surround sound technology. The group are extending their operating area and have opened cinemas in northern England, the first of these opened in Leeds in April 2013 as part of the Trinity Leeds development in the city centre and a second opened within The Mailbox in Birmingham on 27 February 2015.
A further cinema is due to open in Harrogate in September 2016, in April 2015, the company reached an agreement to buy four cinemas from its larger rival Odeon for £7.1 million. An Everyman staff member told the Guardian, Our zero-hour contracts and we work almost full-time, yet have no security, sick pay or benefits. Our customers are paying more and more for cinema tickets, and its not interested in the hardship this causes. The Everyman Media Group made its début on the Alternative Investment Market on 7 November 2013