January 11, 2022
Lionsgate Jan. 11 officially opened its “Lionsgate Studios Yonkers,” which the studio/distributor claims will soon be the largest modern-built film and television production facility in the Northeast. The facility is located on the Hudson River in downtown Yonkers near the newly created Saw Mill River Plaza and new Metro North Railroad station.
Owned and operated by Great Point Studios, Lionsgate Studios was created in response to a growing demand for large studio space in the New York City area. This facility — about 11 miles from midtown Manhattan —will feature film stages, post-production facilities, screening rooms, office space and support space.
It will offer a full set of production services, including grip and electric, equipment, props, set building, restaurants, location catering, cleaning service, and security. Great Point is in the process of implementing more than $500 million in expansion efforts to the one million-square-foot complex. The facility will include 11 soundstages: eight 20,000-square-foot stages, two 10,000-square-foot stages, and a gigantic, 30,000 square-foot stage. It will also include parking for more than 750 cars and 100 trucks.
Lionsgate is the anchor tenant and will occupy seven of the complex’s sound stages, along with office and support space. In addition to theatrical productions, Lionsgate is producing more than 40 television shows for various broadcast outlets, streaming platforms, including its own Starz service.
“With demand for new content greater than ever and prime studio space at a premium, we’re pleased to partner with Great Point on the opportunity to become an anchor tenant of the Yonkers Studios,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement. “They will give our television and film productions East Coast sound stages with great proximity to New York City, and we look forward to them becoming an important hub for our global production activities.”
Other facility tenants include Mediapro and Syracuse University. The expansion of additional stages and office space are already under construction and are scheduled to be completed in phases starting in September with total completion slated for December 2023.