Staten Island will soon be home to a new mini Hollywood inside of an old prison. Earlier this week, Brooklyn-based Broadway Stages announced its plans to transform the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility into a 69-acre movie studio. The project will transform the former jailhouse into a “world-class” production facility complete with five sound stages and 100,000 square feet of studio space.

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The film, television, and music production company bought the facility from the state for $7 million up front and will put another $20 million int0 building the new studio. Broadway Stages already has 27 sound stages in Brooklyn and Queens and now it hopes to expand its horizons even more with the new space. Just a few programs Broadway Stages has helped to create include Rescue Me, Deception, and The Good Shepard.

Empire State Development will help oversee the redevelopment of the former prison. The plans include keeping all of the original jail buildings while adding five new sound stages on the property.

Governor Andrew Cuomo closed the correctional facility, which housed about 900 inmates, in 2001 as part of a statewide effort to save money. Along with the new movie site, the venture is estimated to bring in 800 new jobs over the next two years with as many as 1,500 jobs over the next five years.

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via NY Post

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