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This abandoned prison is about to become the largest movie studio in NYC

This abandoned prison is about to become the largest movie studio in NYC

The Arthur Kill Correctional Facility opened its doors in 1976, and in its day held 931 male inmates. After closing its doors in 2011, the prison sat empty... until now. Earlier this year the massive building was purchased for $7 million by NYC production company Broadway Stages, and is about to become the largest movie studio on the East Coast.

This abandoned prison is about to become the largest movie studio in NYC

Aside from having been a medium security prison, the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility was also a shared drug rehabilitation center, with upwards of 650 patients, all seeking treatment for various addictions. Unfortunately, in 2011 the decision to close the facility was made as part of Governor Cuomo's closure program. That's where Broadway Stages comes in.

NYC's most successful television production company swooped in with a bid of 7 million bucks, and now the decommissioned prison is about to become the most ideal NYC studio in history. Obviously, the most alluring aspect of the deal, BS President Gina Argento explained, is the massive outdoor area that will be turned into sets — a near impossibility in the busy NYC area. Now the studio won't have to head out to the West Coast or way up North to get all those external shots - Now they can build sets in their own backyard.

This abandoned prison is about to become the largest movie studio in NYC

This abandoned prison is about to become the largest movie studio in NYC

Broadway Stages has already begun converting the building into a lean mean production machine, with perks that include a rooftop garden and the world's first solar powered sound stage. Broadway's also looking our for their neighbors, by offering summer programs to teach local students about resizable energy, and helping to improve the Brooklyn community for the better.

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