For Historians

Making film history for over 80 years

For more than 80 years, Pinewood Studios has enabled storytellers to bring their creations to life and audiences across the globe remember these six words on screen: “Made at Pinewood Studios, London, England”.

From hosting super spies and superheroes, Pinewood has been home to a galaxy far, far away, helping create the movies that have made audiences laugh and cry in equal measure. Some of the most glittering careers on both sides of the camera, have been launched behind the iconic gates of Pinewood.

That sense of magic being created is very strongly present at Pinewood.
Sir Kenneth Branagh
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Over 80 years

The Victorian estate of Heatherden Hall was acquired by building tycoon Charles Boot who opened it as a film studio to rival Hollywood on 30th September 1936. 

Over 80 years, Pinewood has:

  • Seen the birth of the legendary Rank Organisation.
  • Housed essential supplies, The Royal Mint and Lloyds of London during WWII.
  • Hosted classics such as Great Expectations, Black Narcissus, Oliver Twist and Genevieve.
  • Been renowned for British cinema’s populist greats:  The Doctor series and the Carry On films.
  • Hosted the iconic James Bond, Superman and Star Wars franchises.
  • Played a major role in the careers of such film legends as:  Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Simmons, Sophia Loren, Michael Caine, Elizabeth Taylor, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Alan Parker and Richard Attenborough.
  • Hosted contemporary filmmaking talents such as Tim Burton, JJ Abrams, Ron Howard and Rob Marshall.
  • Been home to Disney’s Cinderella, Beauty & the Beast and Mary Poppins Returns.