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Alexandra Palace took part in Open House London on 17th September 2011. Over 450 enthusiastic and curious visitors toured Television Studio A, the original EMI Studio and the Victorian Theatre.

The BBC opened the Television Studios on 2nd November 1936 which made Alexandra Palace the first site for regular high definition public television broadcast in the world! The day was filled with stimulating historic facts consisting of clips of television footage and a 1936 film footage showing the development of Television at Alexandra Palace. Displays of televisions and radios from the 1930’s onwards were viewable as well as a mock studio depicting a pre war television scene.

Visitors also enjoyed a display of photography showing the BBC in action at Alexandra Palace and were able to question Television history enthusiasts from the ‘Alexandra Palace Television Group’ who were available throughout the day.

Opening in 1875, the Victorian Theatre has hosted a wide range of theatrical events. The Theatre has also been used as a cinema, a centre for Belgium refugees and an internment camp for German refugees. Visitors to the Theatre were able to view the Theatre from its foyer while being able to enjoy regular informative talks by the ‘Friends of the Theatre’ and witnessing photographic displays.

Join Alexandra Palace for a weekend of TV-filled fun and discovery, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the birth of TV live from the studios where it all began. Explore the original studios and delve into TV’s colourful past through exhibits and displays which takes place on the 5th and 6th November 2011 from 11am to 4:30pm.