Bray Studios (UK)
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Bray Studios was a film and television facility at Bray, near Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. The model and miniature filming for the film Alien was shot there, as well as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It is best known for its association with Hammer Film Productions and contained 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 is now undergoing 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; the space previously occupied by the studio complex will be see a new housing development, whilst Down Place itself is to be converted into luxury apartments.
- 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.
- A day at Bray
- Article on Hammer and Bray
- Hammer at the BBC's Hitch Hiker's guide
- David L Rattigan's Bray Studios information
- Save Bray Studios Campaign
- Christopher Lee
- Peter Cushing
- Actor John Cater at Bray
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