The old Granada Studios were located on Quay Street in Manchester. Purpose built in 1954 by founder Sidney Bernstein as part of Granada Television.
The facilities were equipped to do both recorded and live filming, and were the headquarters for Granada (latterly ITV) between 1956 and 2013. Until 2013 the Quay Street studios were the oldest operating, purpose-built television studios in the United Kingdom.
The studios were home to many great television programmes such as Coronation Street, King Lear with Sir Laurence Olivier, Brideshead Revisited, Cracker and The Royle Family. The studios have also been the start of many glittering careers and notably is the venue in which the Beatles gave their first ever television performance in 1962. In 2013 ITV Granada and ITV Studios relocated to a new home in Salford.
From 2016 we have been refurbishing these iconic studios, adding new state-of-the-art facilities to support production requirements today and growing the number of studios and stages to the current portfolio of fifteen studios and stages. So far, we have supported production of a wide range of new television programmes and feature films, including BAFTA and Oscar winning productions. Now we are pleased to now share with you Manchester Studios, a space reborn and ready for a new creative community.
1954 - Granada Television Studios first opens.
It was built in 1954 and founded by Sidney Bernstein as part of Granada Television.
Granada Studios and ITV announce to set up their HQ at St. John’s. Granada House would later become the first commercial building in Manchester to be built after the war, playing an important part in Manchester’s regeneration.
The first episode of Coronation Street is broadcast
Granada House formerly opens, a building design by Ralph Tubbs. It would become a key landmark in the city, with the GRANADA TV sign lighting up the Manchester skyline. University Challenge begins filming at Granada Studios in Studio 12. The show would continue to be filmed there until 2013.
The Beatles perform in Studio 4 of Granada House for the television show People & Places.
Fans of Coronation Street are able to experience life on the cobbles as the first Coronation Street tours take place.
ITV leaves the St. John’s site paving the way for a new neighbourhood to begin.
Allied London acquires St. John’s the new home for Enterprise, Living and Culture in Manchester.
All Studios was created to bring the studios back to their well renowned former glory
All Studios offers a world class platform for TV, film, music and event production, broadcast and performance.
Our state-of-the-art studios and specialist post production services provide creators, producers and broadcasters the best-in-class facilities they need to make award winning content.
Our UK studio portfolio focuses on the three main hub cities across the country – London (Opening 2020) Manchester, and Leeds (Opening 2020). Our specialist sites are designed entirely around digital media production and performance including unparalleled infrastructure and city centre connectivity.
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