A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this week commemorating the opening of FilmWorks New Orleans, a new film production facility that is now available in New Orleans East.
FilmWorks New Orleans offers thirty-seven acres of flexible indoor and outdoor space, including a 20,000 square-foot stage, a 406,000 square-foot backlot, two floors of 92,000 square feet of mill/work space each, extra storage and warehousing space, as well as acres of usable green space.
Although New Orleans already has several film facilities, including the first built-for-purpose soundstages at Second Line Stages, Quixote Studios New Orleans, the soundstages at NIMS Center and the re-appropriated space at NASA’s Michoud assembly facility, the film industry continues to demand more space.
“We are proud to contribute to the growth of the film industry in New Orleans, and we truly appreciate the incredible community support we’ve received,” FilmWorks president George Steiner said in a press release. “FilmWorks New Orleans’ flexible studio space will help ensure that we continue to draw major film projects to the area.”
“The film industry is decentralizing away from its origins in Southern California and relocating to new places across the country, particularly Louisiana. As a result, people are migrating to Louisiana, and tourists are visiting because of the near constant exposure to our authentic culture in films and on TV,” said Will French, president of the Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association. “We are excited to see a new production facility open in New Orleans. It is the surest sign that our motion picture tax credits are working and creating new jobs for Louisiana.”
The property was once the main headquarters and distribution center of MacFrugal’s, a discount outlet chain, which burned down in 1996. Several years later, the property was purchased, restored and utilized as a warehouse. Steiner, who has been in the film industry for more than forty years, has led the transformation of the space.
For more information about FilmWorks, visit www.FilmWorksNewOrleans.com.