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'Blade Runner,' 'The Iron Lady' film studio to close

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Laurence Cendrowicz

It is the end of an era in British filmmaking. Twickenham Film Studio — the 99-year-old suburban London sound stages that have played home to films like Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Roman Polanski’s Repulsion, and this year’s Oscar-nominated The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn — will be closed and sold by June of this year, reports the BBC. An official at the studio does not expect that any potential buyer for the facility will use it as a location for filming again.

Founded in 1913 on the site of a one-time ice rink, Twickenham was also where director Richard Lester shot Help and A Hard Day’s Night with the Beatles, and Michael Caine filmed his iconic comedy Alfie. Most recently, its wardrobe department and viewing theater were used in My Week with Marilyn (which co-stars Emma Watson), and scenes from The Iron Lady and War Horse were also shot on the soundstages.