In 1979, Raleigh entered the film studio business with its acquisition of the historic Producer’s Studios in Hollywood. While the site was originally acquired to be the location for a new K-Mart store, the executives at Raleigh saw a void in the market for a high-quality independent production facility. As part of a master-planned expansion program in the 1980’s, Raleigh virtually reinvented soundstage design and construction techniques. In 1998, Raleigh Studios’ operations more than doubled with the opening of Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios. Along the road to becoming the world’s largest operator of independent studio facilities, during the first decade of the 21st Century, Raleigh oversaw the development and opening of studio facilities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
Budapest, Hungary and Pontiac, Michigan and Wuxi, China.