|MGM Studios, Elstree Way, Borehamwood.|
I suppose that it should have come as no surprise to me to learn that Elstree studios are not in Elstree; they are in the neighbouring town of Borehamwood and always have been.
|Gate Studios, Station Road, Borehamwood.|
And it was not just one studio.
From the arrival of the first cinematographic company in Borehamwood in 1914, looking for cheap land, clean air and easy access to London, at least six film studios established themselves in the town.
|British International Studios, Borehamwood.|
Ice Cold in Alex,
2001 A Space Odyssey
The Railway Children and The Go Between?
|The Dambusters –made in Borehamwood.|
The Big Brother house is actually built on top of the water tank set that was used for The Dambusters. What a pity that they did not leave a bomb behind...
The present Elstree Studios are now
owned by the local council and leased to television companies, but they are still in Borehamwood.
Go to Borehamwood, start at the railway station where you will see this striking bas-relief, and follow the cinema trail through the town.