As reported in The World Film Encyclopedia of 1933: "It is a huge, modern, white faced block, its flat roof towering 90 feet above the pavement. There are five production stages; dressing room accomodation for 600 artists; stars dressing rooms; the last word in comfort and decoration; laboratories with a minimum capacity of 2,000,000 feet (of film) a week; three private theatres; an orchestration room; nine film vaults; a 600-seater restaurant; plasterers and carpenters shops; property rooms; monitor and recording rooms; all the paraphernalia of the last word in modern film studios is to be found at the Gaumont British studios in Lime Grove".
In July 1932 The West London Observer reported that it was "the largest, best-equipped film studio in the country with two acres of studios, the largest 86 feet wide and 136 feet long".
Shortly after the start of the Second World War, the studios came under the control of the Rank organisation. With the decline in the fortunes of the British film industry after the war, the studios were put up for sale, being, it was said, "neither modern in plan, nor economical for big film production".
In 1949 the BBC bought them and began converting them for television use, as a "temporary measure" while purpose-built studios were being built at the former White City site not far away.
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