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Report - Deluxe London Film Processing Labs, Denham, England – July 2016

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  1. Landie_Man

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    Deluxe London Film Processing Labs, Denham, England – July 2016

    Continuing from my big backlog across Spring and Summer 2016 is this site which Mookster and myself visited back in July. It had been a pretty quiet year up to this point, and well, continues to be sadly. But a quick stint up the M25 and to an area I know pretty well brought us to this place which is dripping with gorgeous 1930s Art Deco.

    Upon arrival we were pretty gutted to the site had been gutted.... But we gave it a go anyway. Lots of lovely features here. I enjoyed myself personally!

    This old place is steeped in History! Orignally constructed in 1936; it was one of just five buildings in the UK designed by Walter Gropius; the founder of the Bauhaus Movement. This particular site was constructed for film producer Alexander Korda in Denham, Buckinghamshire in the South East of England, a picturesque affluent part of country well into Londons Rat Race area but still rural enough.

    The film processing laboratory was formerly operated by Rank before being taken over by Deluxe; is the last surviving building from the original Denham Film Studio complex and it's one of the only surviving examples of industrial architecture from the Modern Movement of the 1930s.

    Thankfully; the lovely Art Deco site was Grade II listed in 1985. In its younger years; was the most expansive and advanced film processing facility outside of Hollywood, processing more than 500 million feet of film a year which was distributed to cinemas all over the world.

    Some of the more notable films processed and edited on site included:
    Brief Encounter
    The Great Escape
    Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
    Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
    Tomorrow Never Dies
    ET
    Superman 1,2 & 3
    GoldenEye
    Eyes Wide Shut
    Quantum of Solace
    Skyfall

    After Avatars 2009 release; the film industry shifted more towards digital rather than film (I worked in a cinema 2008-2015 and the shift became apparent over the years. I think the last 35mm film we played was 2011/2012 before all projectionists were made redundant or moved to different positions leaving the normal staff and management to oversea any basic prohection work).

    The resurgence of modern-day 3D didn't help at all. In 2014, Deluxe shut down with the loss of around 70 jobs, at it's peak there had been over 1200 people working in the facility.

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  2. Schloff

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    Very Nice report and a good set of images.
     
  3. Speed

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    Thought this would have been a bit special if we caught it slightly earlier.

    Good report
     
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    Quite an interesting looking place there.
     
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    Thats nice LM loving the page 3 wall :thumb:thumb:thumb
     
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    I got stuck listening to some Scottish guy singing in here. Never expected people to be working still!!
     
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    Nice Pictures from a really nice Place. I really like old Filmrolls, and i like the Room with the Ladys ;-)
     
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    Wow amazing place
     
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    We installed and serviced the 35mm projectors in the preview room shown in the report. Come to think of it we did 35mm in most of the London labs, facilities houses and distributor offices.

    Last one I did was at Warner Bros, Holborn. I had to re-install a Kinoton 'rock and roll' projector so that Christopher Nolan could preview the 35mm release of Interstellar.
     
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    this place is pretty much stripped / demo'd completely now, visited few weeks back, builders on site too
     
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    Thanks for the info i nearly made the long journey down from the north recently glad i didnt bother now had a feeling it may have almost gone.
     
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    ye luckily i only live about an hour away, it's a shame i got there too late :(
     
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