Ardmore has, since its establishment in 1958,
been host to many high profile international productions
with stars ranging from Jimmy Cagney, Richard
Burton and Peter O'Toole in the early years, to
Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson and Dennis Hopper in more
recent times. In between there have been visits
from Sean Connery, Julia Roberts and Pierce Brosnan
to name but a few.
Films produced in Ardmore Studios include the
award winning My Left Foot, Roddy Doyle's hilarious
film, The Snapper, and the world famous BBC series
Ardmore Studios is Ireland's only four-wall studio
facility. Its five sound stages have seen extensive
activity over its 43-year existence to the extent
that its name is now synonymous with Irish film
making. Ardmore Studios has built up an impressive
track record and is equal to Ealing and Pinewood
Studios in the UK. Over the years Ardmore Studios
went through some hard times and was nearly closed
on a number of occasions. Fortunately for the
Irish film industry, Ardmore has continued to
expand on its services and has attracted some
major productions such as the remake of the Count
of Monte Cristo and Reign of Fire starring Matthew
McConnaughy and Christian Bale.
Production Facilities at Ardmore Studios
As Ireland's only four-wall studio, Ardmore in
uniquely positioned to provide a comprehensive,
one-stop-shop package of world class film and
television facilities, tailored to suit your individual
production and budget needs. Our commitment to
continuous expansion, improvement and investment
in the latest facilities has placed us at the
forefront of the Irish film industry. These include:
Five versatile sound stages
Digital sound facilities
A wide selection of advanced 35mm and 16mm
First class lighting facilities
Fully-serviced production offices
Make-up, hair and wardrobe departments
Star dressing rooms
Preview/dubbing theatres and editing suites
Workshops and prop stores
Restaurant, bar and catering services
Ranging in area from 3,000 to 15,000 square feet,
our five sound stages are at the core of Ardmore's
activities and capable of accommodating productions
of all sizes and budgets.
With 26 fully equipped production offices on the
lot, Ardmore is well capable of handling several
productions at once. Full phone, fax, internet
and photocopying facilities are available, while
each floor is serviced with a kitchen and toilets.
Wardrobe, Make-up and Hairdressing
Three of the five stages are fitted out with rooms
for make-up, hair and wardrobe (both for principals
and extras). There are also specially designated
wardrobe rooms on the lot, with washing, drying
and storage facilities.
Restaurant and Bar
A full range of catering services is available
on the studio lot covering everything from location
catering to wrap parties.
A fully equipped on-site workshop provides construction
departments with the facilities and space to undertake
extensive prep work and production construction.
Workbenches and ample storage areas are also available.
Comprising an impressive 4,500 square feet, the
studio props department is conveniently located
next to the workshop.
Star Dressing Rooms
Ardmore's star dressing rooms have hosted many
of the industry's most famous names over the years.
Spacious, well appointed and comfortably furnished
with bed, desk and chair; the five rooms are in
constant use by visiting stars.
Herbert Road, Bray,
Tel: +353 1 2862971
Fax: +353 1 2861894
Post Production Services and Facilities
Ardmore Sound Ltd. is the premier provider of
film sound post-production services in Ireland.
Conveniently situated on the Ardmore Studios lot,
Ardmore Sound offers a full range of services
and facilities for Film and Television post production.
Facilities include Harrison MPC and Series 12
fully automated mixing consoles; Kinoton High
Speed Dubbing Projection; full Digital Editing;
ADR and Foley; Akai 24-Bit Digital Dubbers and
ProTools Mix PLUS 24-it digital editing systems
and ISDN lines.
Ardmore Sound has completed the sound post and
final mixes for a number of feature films, including
Irish, UK and US Productions. The company also
offers full services for ADR and TV mixes.
Contact: Alan Collins,
Ardmore Sound. Ardmore Studios, Bray, Co Wicklow,
Tel+353-1-286 5868. Fax +353-1-286 5871
As a one-stop studio, Ardmore offers a comprehensive
range of first class production and post production
services, both on site and through its long term
relationships with service providers all over
the country. The studio lot is home to a number
of specialist companies fully equipped with the
latest camera, sound and lighting equipment providing
all necessary services with full 24-hour back
up. These include rushes viewing, transfers, editing,
and dubbing. Other available services include
catering, rigging and special effects. Key Ardmore-based
Cine Electric has been Ireland's premier lighting
company for over 20 years and is conveniently
situated on the Ardmore lot. The company is busy
year round providing equipment and services for
film, TV and commercial clients.
Cine Electric offer a full range of lighting
equipment and generators for sale or hire as well
as transport, consultancy and installation services.
The company has recently set up a new department
to cater to the demand for TV studio lighting
consultancy and offer a comprehensive service
in association with Arri G.B. one of the world's
largest lighting equipment manufacturers for which
Cine Electric are the Main Agents in the Republic
Cine Electric are also the certified distributors
and installers of ETC Dimming and Control Systems.
(Electric Light Company)
Panavision Inc. is a designer, manufacturer and
supplier of high-precision camera systems, comprising
camera's, lenses and accessories for the motion
picture and television industries. The company's
relationship with producers, directors and cinematographers
results in a co-operative effort to design and
produce systems and accessories that meet with
the filmmaker's creative needs.
Co. Wicklow General Numbers
Tel: 00353 1 286 0811
Fax: 00353 1 286 3425
(M) 00353 87 256 8410
(M) 00353 87 285 5818
Film Engineering Services
Based at the studios for eight years, Film Engineering
Services is a vastly experienced special effects
company, which has been involved in almost all
Ardmore-based productions. Their credits include
Oliver Twist, The Matchmaker, I Went Down, The
Fifth Province and The Van. The company's studio
equipment includes two fire tenders, wind and
smoke machines, rain rigs, steam generators, filters
and pumps, fire bars and rigs, water heaters and
snow equipment. Ardmore has access to a full industrial
Recently based at Ardmore, DHB meets all of the
studio's rigging requirements with a stock of
aluminium towers and steel decks large enough
to cope with several productions at once.