Cinechrome Studios is based in Cromwell House, which actually was once a popular gospel hall in Bournemouth early in the 21st century.
It was built by well-known local builder Charles Burt, whose face appears as an image on a house in Cardigan Road. Sometime around the middle of the last century it ceased to be a chapel and moved into the possession of the Cotton family - whose best known members were popular bandleader Billy Cotton (of Billy Cotton Bandshow fame), his son Bill who was to become a top BBC Television Executive and Chairman of Meridian Television and his son Teddy who was a film producer.
From documents that are available, it appears that the Cottons ran a specialist film company called Cinechrome Ltd from the old Gospel Hall. It produced a string of titles mostly of a business, promotional and scientific nature. The hall had considerable floor space and neighbours told of Billy Cotton's band rehearsing there, and also of visits from Diana Dors the classic blonde sex bomb of the 1950's and 60's.
It is believed that the actress came to record presentation and voice work in a studio set up in the roof of the hall. The studio was heavily sound-proofed with straw and other materials. It still exists - although now it has been converted into a toilet!
There were probably a number of other famous people who recorded there, but passed unnoticed by neighbours.
One who didn't go unnoticed, but wasn't there for recording purposes was Parkstone-born World Champion boxer Freddie Mills. He is understood to have used the hall for training - and even got into a fight with a local man outside the Winton YMCA!
In April 2013 another production company, called LoveLove films, set up their headquarters in Cromwell House. Shortly after moving in they were informed of the rich film history of the building, and were astounded to now be functioning in premises integral to the early media industry of Dorset.
As a company, previously operating out of the arts university, LoveLove have had many successful projects, ranging from music videos for major artists, such as Yes Sir Boss and Joss Stone, to media installations for the 2012 Olympics, to film festival screened documentary features, and much more. They have also worked with the innovative Bournemouth-based Momo:tempo music project.
Now they're keen to revive the vintage trappings of the building, and do the cinematic heritage of Winton proud. Within days of moving in, Cromwell House's walls were once again host to filmic forays, such as television actors recording voiceover work, music videos being devised and feature films being scripted - bringing the place back to its heyday of the 50s and 60s.
It's fair to say that the film industry has returned to Winton!
LoveLove films website is at http://www.lovelovefilms.com/