Egypt’s oldest and most prestigious studios, Al-Nahas Studio, was destroyed after a massive fire on Thursday night, reported private Egyptian newspapers.
According to Youm7, 20 firetrucks were sent to the headquarters of the Misr Company for Sound, Light and Cinema, where a fire had erupted.
The fire destroyed the studio, which was founded in 1946 during Egypt’s ‘golden years’ of cinema.
A source cited by Youm7 said that the fire also destroyed a wealth of cultural material, including old manuscripts, books, film, and equipment. Among the items destroyed are decorations that date back to more than 100 years.
The cause of the fire remains unclear. Egypt’s Ministry of Culture has called for an investigation.