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 Ballykissangel.

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 cameras
• First class lighting facilities
• Special effects
• Rigging
• Fully-serviced production offices
• Make-up, hair and wardrobe departments
• Star dressing rooms
• Preview/dubbing theatres and editing suites
• Art departments
• Workshops and prop stores
• Restaurant, bar and catering services
• Production consultancy

Ardmore Stages
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.

Production Offices
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.

Props Department
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.

Contact Details
Kevin Moriarty,
Managing Director,
Ardmore Studios
Herbert Road, Bray,
Co Wicklow,
Tel: +353 1 2862971
Fax: +353 1 2861894

Post Production Services and Facilities

Ardmore Sound
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, Ireland.
Tel+353-1-286 5868. Fax +353-1-286 5871

Production Services
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 companies include:

Cine Electric
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 of Ireland.
Cine Electric are also the certified distributors and installers of ETC Dimming and Control Systems.

Contacts: (Electric Light Company)

Panavision Ireland
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.

Panavision Ireland
Ardmore Studios
Herbert Road
Co. Wicklow General Numbers
Tel: 00353 1 286 0811
Fax: 00353 1 286 3425

John Higgins
(M) 00353 87 256 8410

Kevin Greene
(M) 00353 87 285 5818

Robert Murphy

Eva Kelly
Office Manager

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 water supply.

DHB Scaffolding
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.

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