Big studio complex is planned in downtown L.A.’s Arts District

With film and television production skyrocketing, a warehouse complex near the famous new 6th Street bridge in downtown Los Angeles is designed to become an $800 million movie studio to serve the industry. entertainment industry.

East End Studios will file with the city Monday to build a 15-acre studio at 6th and Alameda Streets where streaming services and other entertainment creators can create TV shows pictures and movies.

With 16 sound floors, East End Studios’ ADLA Campus will be one of the larger studio projects underway for Los Angeles County, where several developers are rushing to add new facilities to accommodate meet needs.

Paul Audley, president of FilmLA, the nonprofit that handles movie licensing in the area, said existing sound systems in the county have been nearly fully leased for many years, which could cause New works are hard to find places to perform.

“We’ve seen streaming at an average rate of 35 percent a year,” he said. “Even if that steps back, which some are currently predicting, we still don’t have enough stage space to deal with that.”

In addition to the sound system, the ADLA Campus will include four office buildings totaling nearly 300,000 square feet of office space and more than 100,000 square feet of production support space. All facilities will be leased, possibly to a single tenant, such as a major streaming service.

A rendering of East End Studios' ADLA Campus looking west on 6th Street.

A rendering of East End Studios’ ADLA Campus looking west on 6th Street.

(Grimshaw)

With about 1,000 people working there on a given day, with 1,000 people working there on a given day, the studio can put a single, said Shep Wainwright, managing partner at Irvine, which is based in Irvine. some street life into part of the Arts District, which has retained much of its historical value as an industrial center. End Studios. ADLA Campus will replace a pair of product distribution warehouses and surface parking.

The design called for office buildings and landscaping to face the sidewalk, a more open-minded style found in many historic studios that are isolated from surrounding residential areas.

The studio’s construction in the past often required high concrete walls to create a “fortress,” says Wainwright, which reveals little to outsiders about what’s going on inside.

“We said we didn’t have to hide, we could tell this was a studio,” he said. “We are trying to interact with the street in a way that is more pleasant to the neighborhood.”

The plans call for a public open space on Mill Street, the studio’s eastern boundary. Access to the studio still requires security, but Wainwright hopes that people who work there will find it tempting to walk out and have lunch at nearby restaurants.

The design by London-based architecture firm Grimshaw aims to arrange elements commonly found in suburban studio premises into an urban setting.

Grimshaw architect Andrew Byrne described the style as a “top campus”, in which people can collaborate and move on landscaped outdoor terraces above while vehicles move. Switch below between the sound and the production background, where the actors’ trucks, equipment, and trailers are located. Most of the parking will be underground.

The developers hope to gain city approval of the ADLA Facility within two years and completion within two years after that. It is East End Studios’ fifth and largest entertainment project, with one in New York and four in the Los Angeles area, including Glendale.

One of them is located near the recently opened 6th Street Viaduct ADLA Campus, a $588 million span that connects the Arts District with the Eastside and historic Whittier Avenue. At Jesse Street and Mission Street, East End Studios plans to build a facility with five sound systems.

Studio projects that are part of a wave of developments include a nearby downtown competitor and Alameda Studios on the site of the current Los Angeles Times print factory. That planned project will eventually feature 17 sound systems on 26 acres.

FilmLA is tracking 14 new studio projects in Greater Los Angeles including new stages and other facilities at the Universal Studios complex and a $1.25 billion overhaul of the former CBS Television City .

Other significant developments include the redevelopment of Warner Bros. in Burbank and a new seven-stage sound complex called Sunset Glenoaks Studios in Los Angeles’ Sun Valley neighborhood.

FilmLA said that if all of these projects were to be built, the number of certified stages in the area would increase by about 27%, and the total area of ​​the stages would increase to “an unspecified but significantly”. Los Angeles County has 5.4 million square feet of certified stage space in 398 stages.

While Southern California has the largest amount of manufacturing space in the world, competing cities and countries are adding large, technologically advanced facilities that LA needs to match, Audley said.

“Some of our stages are almost 100 years old and their internal infrastructure needs improvement,” Audley said.

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2022-08-15/new-movie-studio-set-for-downtown-los-angeles-arts-district Big studio complex is planned in downtown L.A.’s Arts District

Edmund DeMarche

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