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Film Studios & Backlots Directory

Updated list of the major film studio and backlot facilities worldwide - updated 2020

Our list of film studio and backlot facilities is updated from time to time, as new projects are announced and existing venues change ownership or affiliation.   Some of these facilities include significant backlots and other interesting features.

 

The compilation we have here shows a first film studio facility in 1902 – Ealing Studios in the U.K.   There are some other facilities that claim the title as the first, such as Studio Babelsberg (1912) and Paramount Studios also in 1912 – United Studios opened at Paramount’s present location then and was acquired by Brunton Studio which itself was acquired by Paramount.  Gorkyfilm Studio (Moscow), Famous Players Fiction Studios (now owned by Raleigh Studios), and Carl Laemmle’s Universal Studios all followed in 1915.   We’re focused here on the studio facilities and their history, and not the studios as filmed content creators.

 

StoneCreek Partners | AEC gets involved with such projects when part of larger mixed-use developments.   The mixed-use economics, to the developers and investors, provides a more stable financial foundation than a standalone studio.   Some of our project involvements include Park City Film Studios, Camel Rock Studios, Wuxi Studios and several potential studio locations in France among other projects.  Some of our work has included highest-and-best-use and redevelopment strategies for existing studios, such as Lorimar Studios before it became part of Sony Pictures.

 

Our list of facilities is included below.

 

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Film Studio and Backlot Facilities

Studio FacilitiesTypeOpenedRegion
3 Mill StudiosU.K.
Albuquerque Studios / NetflixRe-purposed site of former barracks.2007U.S.
Atlas Film Studios
Ouarzazate
Purpose-built1983Morocco
Auckland Film StudiosNew Zealand
Austin Studios

operated by the Austin Film Society in partnership with the City of Austin.
2000U.S.
Avalon StudiosNew Zealand
Barrandov Studios1931Czech Republic
Blackhall StudiosPurpose-built2017
Bridge StudiosRe-purposed, former Dominion Bridge property.1987Canada
Camel Rock Studios
First Native-American owned studio
Re-purposed former casino.2020U.S.
Canadian Motion Picture Park Studios
Has a 10-acre backlot resembling six American City streets.
Canada
Cape Town Film StudiosPurpose-built2010South Africa
CBS Stages Canada
Mississauga
2019Canada
Cinecitta Studios1937Italy
Ciudad de la Luz (Alicante)
Shuttered in 2012
Purpose-built2005Spain
Dagenham Film StudiosRe-purposed, former pharmaceutical factory site at London East Business and Technical Park.TBDU.K.
Diamond Sky Studio Complex
East Scottsdale Consulting Inc.
Peoria, Arizona
Purpose-builtTBDU.S.
Ealing Studios1902U.K.
Estudios Churubusco Azteca1945Mexico
Eue Screen Gems
Fox Studios AustraliaRe-purposed former former Sydney Showground at Moore Park.1998Australia
Fox Studios Baja2001Mexico
Garson Studios
Founded by actress Greer Garson
1990U.S.
Gorkyfilm Studio1915Russia
Hengdian World Studios1996China
Huairou complex
China Film Group’
Replacement facility for the former (storied) Beijing Film Studio
Purpose-built2008
I-25 Studios (Albuquerque)Re-purposed2006U.S.
Iskandar Malaysia Studios
Associated with Pinewood during its initial 10 years of operation. Has a 30-acre forest backlot.
2014Malaysia
Korda Studios2007Hungary
Kumeu Film Studios2017New Zealand
La Cité du Cinéma2012France
Mammoth StudiosCanada
Manhattan Beach StudiosPurpose-built1998U.S.
Martini Film StudiosPurpose-builtTBDCanada
Mel's Cite du CinemaCanada
Michigan Motion Picture StudiosRe-purposed, former GM auto factory.2011U.S.
Milan StudioItaly
Mosfilm1923Russia
New England StudiosPurpose-built2013
North Shore Studios1989Canada
Old Tucson (Studios)Expansion of standings sets for film, "Arizona" (1940).1960U.S.
Oriental Movie Metropolis Qingdao2018China
Paramount Studios
The former Brunton Studio, first opened as United Studios.
Purpose-built1912Russia
Pinewood Atlanta Studios
River's Rock Trust (Cathy family)
Purpose-built2013U.S.
Pinewood Dominican
Republic Studios
2013Dominican Republic
Pinewood Toronto Studios
Bell Media, major shareholder
Formerly known as Filmport
Re-purposed, former Imperial Oil brownfield site (Port Lands).2008Canada
Pinewood/Shepperton Studios1931U.K.
Raleigh Studios
Opened as Famous Players Fiction Studios, with several owners to follow.
Purpose-built1915U.S.
Ramoji Film CityPurpose-built1996India
Santa Fe StudiosPurpose-built2011U.S.
Shanghai Film Studio
Shanghai Film Group Corporation
1962China
Steiner Studios2004U.S.
Stone Street StudiosPurpose-builtNew Zealand
Studio Babelsberg
The world's oldest film studio, famous for being the setting for the films "Nosferatu" and Fritz Lang's "Metropolis."
1912Germany
Studio City at Mina Zayed
Twofour54
Purpose-built, announced.TBDUAE
Studio Cube2017South Korea
Studio West1975New Zealand
Toronto Film StudiosCanada
Tyler Perry Studios
Relocated from first location in Inman Park (established 2006)
Re-purposed, part of former Fort McPherson complex.2019
Universal StudiosPurpose-built1915U.S.
Utah Film StudiosPurpose-built2015U.S.
Vancouver Film Studios
McLean Group of Companies
First established as Northstar International Studios
Purpose-built and re-purposed buildings1987Canada
Warner Bros.1923U.S.
Workpoint Studio2006Thailand
Wuxi StudiosRe-purposed, on site of Xuelang Steel Mill.2012China
Xiangshan Film and TV City (Ningbo)2005China

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