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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 Mills Studios
Located on the site of a repurposed former distillery.1980'sU.K.
Albuquerque Studios / NetflixRe-purposed site of former barracks.2007U.S.
Area 51 at Universal City
Universal City, California
Purpose-built, two new sound stages and production support building on the Universal City lot. Includes a pair of 18,000 SF stages (Soundstage 29 and 31) and a 23,000 SF 3-story production support building.2016U.S.
Atlas Film Studios
ATX Studios
Austin, Texas
Repurposed U.S. Food Service warehouse.2010U.S.
Auckland Film StudiosSituated on a 10.5-acre site.2016New Zealand
Austin Studios

operated by the Austin Film Society in partnership with the City of Austin.
Repurposed airport hangars.2000U.S.
Avalon StudiosPurpose-built1975New Zealand
Barrandov Studios1931Czech Republic
Blackhall Studios
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.
Cape Town Film StudiosPurpose-built2010South Africa
CBS Stages Canada
Cinecittà Studios
Ciudad de la Luz (Alicante)
Shuttered in 2012
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
Ealing Studios1902U.K.
Estudios Churubusco Azteca1945Mexico
EUE/Screen Gems - Atlanta
Located at former Lakewood Fairgrounds site. 33-acre facility.
EUE/Screen Gems - Miami
EUE/Screen Gems - Wilmington
Wilmington, NC
Farm Studios
Benton County, Arkansas
Fox Studios AustraliaRe-purposed former former Sydney Showground at Moore Park.1998Australia
Fox Studios Baja2001Mexico
Garson Studios
Founded by actress Greer Garson
Gorkyfilm Studio1915Russia
Henderson Valley StudiosNew Zealand
Hengdian World Studios1996China
Huairou complex
China Film Group’
Replacement facility for the former (storied) Beijing Film Studio
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.
Korda Studios2007Hungary
Kumeu Film Studios2017New Zealand
La Cité du Cinéma2012France
Lionsgate Studios
Yonkers, New York
Great Point Capital Management and Natural Resources, in partnership with Lionsgate Studios.TBDU.S.
Los Angeles Center Studios
450 S Bixel Street, Los Angeles
The studio itself was opened in 1999, three years after Union Oil Company of California vacated the premises.1999U.S.
Mammoth StudiosCanada
Manhattan Beach StudiosPurpose-built1998U.S.
Martini Film StudiosPurpose-builtTBDCanada
Mel's - Cité du Cinéma
Michigan Motion Picture StudiosRe-purposed, former GM auto factory.2011U.S.
Milan StudioAt the site of an abandoned Manifattura Tabacchi tobacco plant.Italy
New England Studios
Devens, Massachusetts
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.
Pinewood Atlanta Studios
River's Rock Trust (Cathy family)
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.
Ramoji Film CityPurpose-built1996India
Rich Products Film Studio
Buffalo, New York
Purpose-built, groundbreaking scheduled for September 2020.TBDU.S.
Santa Fe StudiosPurpose-built2011U.S.
Saticoy Studios (Raleigh)
Van Nuys, California
Features two high bay, purpose-built sound stages featuring pre/post production offices2012U.S.
Shanghai Film Studio
Shanghai Film Group Corporation
Sharpened Iron StudiosPurpose-builtTBDU.S.
Steiner Studios2004U.S.
Stone Street Studios
Miramar, Wellington
Purpose-built, on 8 acres.New Zealand
Studio Babelsberg
The world's oldest film studio, famous for being the setting for the films "Nosferatu" and Fritz Lang's "Metropolis."
Studio City at Mina Zayed
Purpose-built, announced.TBDUAE
Studio City Toronto6/15/20 - Three (3) new soundstages now under construction.TBDCanada
Studio Cube2017South Korea
Studio West1975New Zealand
Sunset Bronson Studios
5800 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood
Home to Netflix. A Hudson Pacific Properties / Blackstone property.1923U.S.
Sunset Gower Studios
1438 N. Gower Street, Los Angeles
A Hudson Pacific Properties / Blackstone property.1912U.S.
Sunset Las Palmas Studios
1040 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Los Angeles
A Hudson Pacific Properties / Blackstone property1919U.S.
Sunset Park Film Production FacilitySteiner Studios has been selected by the city to build this new production facility, at the Economic Development Corp.'s Made In New York campus at Bush Terminal.TBDU.S.
Toronto Film StudiosCanada
Tyler Perry Studios
Relocated from first location in Inman Park (established 2006)
Re-purposed, part of former Fort McPherson complex.2019U.S.
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 StudioPurpose-built, including five NC 30-approved soundstages.2007Thailand
Wuxi StudiosRe-purposed, on site of Xuelang Steel Mill.2012China
Xiangshan Film and TV City (Ningbo)2005China

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