Couture at Pinewood Studios, History

Heatherden Hall has a fascinating history and catalogue of notable owners including the famous Indian cricketer K.S. Rhanjitsinhji and Canadian financier Lt. Col. Grant Morden.

In the early 1900s the original house was transformed into a Victorian showpiece, with a hugeballroom and a Turkish bath.

In the 1920s it became a retreat for politicians and diplomats and, in November 1921, provided the venue for the negotiation and signing of the Irish Free State Treaty.

In 1934 the house was bought at auction by the prominent builder Charles Boot. He was later to meet J. Arthur Rank and would become his partner in the studio project.

The first production to take place at Pinewood was "London Melody" in 1936, and by it's 60th anniversary Pinewood had produced no less than 600 films, both for the big screen and television.

Classic films created at Pinewood include "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"; "Oliver Twist" and "Great Expectations", directed by David Lean; Lord Olivier and Marilyn Monroe's "The Prince & The Showgirl" (her only film ever made outside of Hollywood); "The Great Gatsby"; "Bugsy Malone"; The "Doctor" films: the "Carry On"films and most of the "James Bond" adventures.

More recently Pinewood Studios has accommodated some of the most spectacular moments, memorable stars and ambitious sets on screen. Jason Bourne, Batman, Lara Croft and Superman have all walked the corridors, while the stages and backlots have become Greek fishing villages, Venetian palazzos, ice palaces, Cambodian tombs, spaces.

Contact

To view menus, for other information or to make a reservation, please contact us using any of the informaton below:

Pinewood Studios
Pinewood Road
Iver Heath
Buckinghamshire
England
SL0 0NH

T: 01753 785 962
E: info@couturepinewood.com