Pinewood Studios, the famed West London film and television studio that was once home to the James Bond, Alien, and Superman franchises among numerous others, was recently bought by real estate fund Venus Grafton for £323 million ($423 million), according to Reuters.

The studio officially opened in 1936, leading to a dynamic era in British filmmaking. After serving as a base in World War II where many documentaries were produced, the studio was teetering on financial insolvency. But after a series of successful comedy releases in the '50s, the studio made a significant rebound, leading to the production of the first James Bond film in 1962: Dr. No. Over the next several decades, the London location was home base to a litany of celebrated releases, including: Superman, Alien, Legend, Aliens, Full Metal Jacket, Mission Impossible, The Fifth Element, 28 Days Later, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, The Da Vinci Code, Children Of Men, The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (parts one and two), Captain America: The First Avenger, X-Men: First Class, Les Misérables, Gravity, The Hobbit Trilogy, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens among many, many others.

Pinewood not only managed to become one of the largest studios in Europe, but it also opened several secondary studios in the United States, Canada, Malaysia and the Dominican Republic.