MARKHAM, ONT. — First Studio City has announced plans for a new $100-million film-production studio to be built in Markham, Ont. north of Toronto.
Markham Movieland on 14th Avenue will have over 400,000 square feet of studio capacity on approximately 15 acres and will be able to accommodate two large-scale film productions along with several mid-sized features at once, said a recent media release. There will be 20 sound stages varying in size including the largest single purpose-built super soundstage in North America, at 70,000 square feet.
The facility will be a hub for film and innovation, providing experiential learning, advanced media technology and significant educational programs. The facilities will be designed by Quadrangle and built by the Remington Group, the developers behind the multi-use, multi-billion-dollar Downtown Markham project.
Downtown Markham will include more than two million square feet of retail, 3.4 million square feet of office/commercial space and housing for nearly 15,000 residents.
The studio will incorporate all aspects of production including pre-production, set design, wardrobe, production offices, post-production, edit suites and CGI.
Construction of Movieland Markham is expected to begin late 2018 or early 2019, with an opening projected for the end of 2020.
“This development will increase production space for local and international films that will attract Hollywood North, China and Bollywood, while continuing to support high-paying skilled jobs in the city of Markham and strengthening Ontario’s competitive position as a leading global market for film,” said Frank Sicoli, co-founder of First Studio City, in a statement.