Building    From 1924  To 1949

Gainsborough Film Studios

Categories: Cinema

Gainsborough Pictures was founded in 1924 by Michael Balcon. These Islington studios were closely related to those at Lime Grove, used by Gaumont-British, with Balcon as Director of Production for both.

The Islington studios were built as a power station for the Great Northern & City Railway and later converted to studios. 

The studio's opening logo, of a lady in a late 18th century costume, sitting in an ornate frame, and turning and smiling, was based on the 1785 portrait of Sarah Siddons by Thomas Gainsborough.

The studios were active 1924 - 49. However, the tall factory chimney was considered dangerous during the WW2 bombings, so Gainsborough Studios was evacuated to Lime Grove for the duration of hostilities.

These buildings were largely left derelict from 1949 until 2002 when their conversion into luxury flats began, completed in 2004.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Gainsborough Film Studios

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Gainsborough Film Studios

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Victor McLaglen

Victor McLaglen

Boxer and film actor.  Born as Victor Andrew D'Biere McLaglen in, according to him, Tunbridge Wells.  Brought up in South Africa. Joined the British army aged 14 and so was forced to leave.  Went t...

Person, Cinema, Sport / Games, USA

1 memorial
Roger Lloyd-Pack

Roger Lloyd-Pack

Actor. Born in Islington. For many years he was a relatively unknown stalwart with the Royal Shakespeare and National Theatre companies. It was in 1981 that he achieved national fame, playing the l...

Person, Cinema, Theatre, TV & Radio

1 memorial
Directors Guild of Great Britain

Directors Guild of Great Britain

A professional organisation representing directors across all aspects of the media. It was founded by a group of leading British directors who were dissatisfied with their representation by the tec...

Group, Cinema, TV & Radio

1 memorial
Dame Gracie Fields

Dame Gracie Fields

Entertainer. Born over a chip shop in Rochdale, Lancashire as Grace Stansfield. Worked at Gainsborough Film Studios.  Gracie and her husband Archie moved from Upper Street, N1 in 1929 to The Towers...

Person, Cinema, Humour, Music / songs, Theatre, Italy

4 memorials
Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh

Writer and director of film and theatre.  Born Welwyn, brought up in Salford.  Trained at RADA then at East 15 Acting School where he met Alison Steadman, who he married in 1973.  Together they mad...

Person, Cinema, Theatre

1 memorial