New film studio set to open in Dayton, Ohio

The city is trying to draw productions in having hosted big projects in the past, including David Lowery's The Old Man and The Gun, starring Robert Redford. 

By Melissa Kasule 14 Mar 2022

New film studio set to open in Dayton, Ohio
1913 Studios, Credit: Film Dayton

The production facility, 1913 Studios, has purchased a site in Dayton, Ohio to build a new film studio. 

Located on 721 Springfield Street, the studio will comprise a total of 210,000 sq ft space, three large production stages, more than 60 offices, and pre/post-production support spaces. 

Dayton-based architecture firm MODA4 will lead the project, with construction slated to begin in the first quarter of 2022.

Over the past year, 1913 Studios has been in conversations with the City of Dayton, Montgomery County, FilmDayton, the Dayton Development Coalition, JobsOhio, and others on their vision for the complex.

The plan is for it to be a vertically integrated production studio that includes development, production and editing suites all under one roof.

Dayton Regional film commissioner Lisa Grigsby said: ”1913 Studios are going to be a game-changer for the film industry in Dayton. Bringing new jobs, internship opportunities and national attention to the students of the Tom Hanks Motion Picture School at Wright State University, FilmDayton knows that the playing field in Dayton just got bigger and we are ready to take on the challenge.”

“Dayton has a well-known history of innovators who have created industry-leading technologies. We plan to continue that tradition by cementing this city and 1913 Studios as the premier multimedia production center of the Midwest,” added CEO of 1913 Studios, Seth Hummel.

The city has recently lost out on big productions to neighbouring cities, Clevland and Cincinnati. But in 2017 Dayton hosted David Lowery's The Old Man and The Gun, starring Robert Redford and Casey Affleck.

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