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Film studio to be built at former New York prison

Staten Island

A new film and TV studio is set to be developed on the site of a former prison on Staten Island in New York City.

Production company Broadway Stages has made a deal with the state to invest $20m turning the former Arthur Kill Correctional Facility – which was closed as a prison in 2011 – into a production centre that will offer five new sound stages over 100,000 sq ft. 

Broadway Stages already operates more than 40 sound stages in the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.

“We are so excited that the deal for the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility has been finalised and we can now move forward with our plans to turn it into soundstages and an elite full-service production facility,” said Gina Argento, president and CEO of Broadway Stages. 

“The prison brings much-needed authenticity to so many TV shows and films, and we’re happy to be able to provide the backdrop for those scenes in the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility.”

New York City is one of America’s main production hubs, with iconic cityscapes and an experienced crew base, while the state offers a generous filming incentive support programme.

The city is under pressure to generate more studio space to satisfy national demand. In February authorities announced plans to develop a ‘Made in NY’ production campus in Brooklyn, and in June York Studios started building an additional facility in the South Bronx.

For more on filming in New York see our production guide.

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