LDS Motion Picture Studios

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The institution that is now the LDS Motion Picture Studios began as the BYU Motion Picture Studio in 1953, and led by Wetzel Whitaker.[1] It was originally located in a building called the Green Barn where the Ernest L. Wilkinson Center on Brigham Young University (BYU) Campus is now located.

In 1991 the studios separated from BYU and became a directly operated function of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

South Campus[edit]

In 2010, a campus in Elberta, Utah was approved by the First Presidency and construction began on a set of biblical Jerusalem.[2][3] The LDS Church has released several clips of scenes of Jesus Christ's life that were filmed there as part of the New Testament Film Project,[4] which was completed in mid-2013.[5]

Fire explosion at the LDS Motion Picture Studio Building[edit]

On March 26, 2014 in the morning, An electric box exploded on top of the LDS Motion Picture Studio building causing a power outage. Everybody evacuated from the building and the Provo Firefighters drove their fire trucks over and were able to put out the fire. No one was hurt and the building was repaired.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jones, Alexis (26 November 2012), "'A Reel Legacy' tells story of LDS Church's early film efforts", Deseret News 
  2. ^ "News Release", (LDS Church), 2 January 2011  |contribution= ignored (help)
  3. ^ Wrigley, Heather Whittle (3 August 2011), "Church News", (LDS Church)  |contribution= ignored (help)
  4. ^ Wrigley, Heather Whittle (4 December 2011), "Church News", (LDS Church)  |contribution= ignored (help)
  5. ^ Goodell, Ashton; Green, Mark (22 May 2013), "LDS film project wrapping up in Utah’s Jerusalem", (KSTU) 
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