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Kaufman Astoria Studios in Astoria Queens, NY



Kaufman Astoria Studios


Located in the Astoria section of Queens, New York City is a film studio that was constructed for Famous Players-Lasky back when it was close to Broadway in the 1920's.

The property has been renamed Kaufman Astoria Studios and features both union and non-union shoots as well as commercials or music videos.


The first Sherlock Holmes sound film, The Return of Sherlock Homes (also 1929), was made at the studio by Basil Dean.

The old Globe Theatre has been host to many productions throughout its lifetime including shorts and feature films from 1920s up until 1933.


The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers were both shot at Astoria Studios.

The first two films of the Marx Brothers, it was known to have been their home movie studio for some time before they made any movies there themselves.


The United States Army Signal Corps is responsible for the production of training and indoctrination films, which includes one called "The Big Picture" in 1942.

This movie was used as an instructional tool in American schools during World War II.


The property is a national historic district and has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. It encompasses six contributing buildings, which was designated in 1978 when it came under control with real estate developer George S Kaufman (renamed).


The Kaufman Astoria Studios have been a key player in the New York City film industry for over 50 years.

In December of 2013, they dedicated an additional 34,800 square feet to their backlot and it is believed that this will be one-of -a kind studio location because there aren't any other ones like it within NYC.

With plans already underway for a new 18k+square foot sound stage by 2014, we can expect even more Hollywood hits coming out.


A several decades-long history of Hollywood film and television production has been made at this site, which dates back to the early 1900s.

Films including Hair (1968) and The Wiz (1978), as well as Goodfellas(1990) were filmed here; along with Tom Hanks' movie adaptation, "The Money Pit" in 1986 shot scenes on location there too.




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