David Oliver at Denham Studios

Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 11.05.03 AMAlexander Korda and Denham Studios

1936-The new Spanish government under General Franco make future Ibérica film projects impossible and the company is dissolved.

British Film baron Alexander Korda now offered Oliver a position at Korda’s London Films, as head of Denham Studios film laboratories. By coincidence, Korda had also been the producer of Catherine the Great, the same film whose premiere at Oliver’s Capitol theatre in Berlin had triggered the bomb attack on Oliver three years before.

All that remains today of the once-mighty Denham Studios is the film lab commissioned and built by David Oliver. It is one of only five buildings in Britain to have been designed by Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius.

It is protected by Britain’s National Trust and can never be torn down.

Plans are now under way to convert the old lab building into luxurious condominiums.

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