ON Stage Kaufman Astoria Studios

Kaufman Astoria Studios, a historic movie studio established in 1920 in the Astoria section of Queens, New York is the largest film and television production center in New York and home to New York City’s only backlot, which opened in December 2013. Kaufman Astoria Studios was the original home of Paramount Pictures, and was the location for the production of over 100 silent films. Offering industry professionals over 500,000 square feet of sound stages, production offices and service space, today, Hollywood film, television and on-demand series are made at the studio, including Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, Amazon’s Alpha House, the NBC pilot State of Affairs, and PBS Sesame Street, which has filmed at KSA since 1992. Film productions include Men in Black 3, the Bourne Legacy, and the Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

The new building will hold production offices, dressing rooms, prop storage areas, and two stages, increasing the campus’s stage space by 25 percent. McLaren Engineering Group provided structural engineering and design services for the two sound stages.

Find out more about Kaufman Astoria Studios in this behind the scenes video.


Astoria, NY

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Kaufman Astoria Studios

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