Pinewood stage reopens, goes online

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LONDON -- There cannot be many studio stages in the world that could hope to attract attention from both fanboys and industryites via a Web site, but the owners of the 007 stage at Pinewood seem to think there is a niche to exploit.

Billed as Europe's largest soundstage, the facility reopened after a fire tore through it in July 2006, and its rebirth is being accompanied by the launch Monday of an official Web site -- www.007stage.com.

The site will feature "exclusive content on the stage's state-of-the-art redevelopment, including never-before-seen images of the 2006 blaze and custom-made video, animation and interactive elements detailing its impressive grand redesign," Pinewood said.

The company said "professionals and consumers alike will be able to register to receive monthly newsletters containing updates on the studios by e-mail."

The 007 stage at Pinewood, which has an internal area of 59,000 square feet and a tank capable of holding 5.25 million liters, was originally built in 1976 for the James Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me." It has since played host to several movie sets including Cambodian temples for "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," the hanging gardens of Babylon for "Alexander" and the Louvre Gallery for "The Da Vinci Code."
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