The much ballyhooed backlot at Kaufmann-Astoria Studios has opened. The outdoor production space doubles the studio’s size, which now ranges over 12 acres and seven stages. The block-long space is behind the main studio building where Paramount – then Famous Players Lasky – had its start in 1920. As the City’s first ever outdoor sound stage, it’s also gains adds a stylish entrance gate to the complex. Though the steel structure might not yet announce that you’re entering a fantasy world like Paramount’s Bronson Gate entrance (built in in 1926 when the studio moved to its current Hollywood location), the gate still adds a needed visual cue to the sprawling complex.
You can read the full article by following the link at the end of these introductory grafs:
Kaufman Astoria Studios Unveil City’s First Backlot Film Studio
Officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on the new lot at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens — the first and only outdoor working stage in the city, according to the studio.
The 34,800 square-foot space is the result of a deal between the Economic Development Corp. and Kaufman Astoria, closing off a city block on 36th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues in Astoria…
Following this link to the full article in DNAinfo New York. For another angle on what the studio space delivers, read The New York Observer’s take. The New York Times posted an article upon the original annoucement which goes into greater detail.