IS THIS THE REAL LIFE OR IS THIS JUST FANTASY?
Walking through the halls of this legendary studio, where Queen and Freddie Mercury shot music videos during the band's rise to fame, it's hard not to wonder if it's all just a fantasy. Originally built in 1978 by Zal Magder,
the studio was designed to be a one-stop-shop for all production needs, complete with a licensed restaurant
for cast and crew to entertain - a concept previously only found at Abbey Road Studios. Magder Studios quickly became one of the largest motion picture entertainment brands in Canada, home to major productions and stars such as Marlon Brando, Dennis Quaid, Robert De Niro, Cher, and even The Rolling Stones. The restaurant lounge was also a favorite spot for comedians, including John Candy, and other stars such as Eugene Levy,
Rick Moranis, Catherine O'Hara, and Dave Thomas while SCTV called the building home.
In 1989, Magder Studios was sold to McClear Studios and Studio Oasis and became home to TV Ontario and classic children's programs like The Polka Dot Door. After changing hands a few times, Commercial Studios took over the facility in 2004 and continued to host several major productions and commercials, but little was done other than providing shooting space.
Early in 2019, a team of advertising and film veterans took up residency at 793 with a goal to restore the studio
to its former purpose. After nearly four years of work, in partnership with Commercial Studios Ltd., the team preserved the original sound stages while creating a complete facility with an enviable recording studio and
a 12.4 Atmos Theatre mix room. Virtual production capabilities were also added, and the fully operational
kitchen is back.
We are excited to share 793 with the production world. Come experience the magic of this iconic place and
add your name to the list of stars who have walked its halls. You will be in good company.