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"New Orleans is way ahead of the curve on this," said Susan Brennan. "We've had the tax credits in place to bring the new productions here. All that was missing was the infrastructure. Now we have a facility that matches the top of the industry standards."
Construction is complete on a soundstage facility in the Lower Garden District.
A ribbon-cutting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday for Second Line Stages at 800 Richard St., a $32 million project from owner and developer Susan Brennan and film consultants Trey Burvant and Diane Wheeler-Nicholson.
A mix of federal and state tax credits, combined with upfront financing, funded the project.
It involved turning a former taxi garage at Annunciation and Richard streets into two soundstages and three support structures.
New construction includes a four-story office facility, a third soundstage and a digital screening facility with seating for 50.
Get ready for a movie production boom in New Orleans. Second Line Stages, the first independent green soundstage in the country, is officially open.
It's more than 200 thousand square feet of work space - a state of the art, first of its kind in the country - right in the lower garden district. "I think New Orleans should be very proud of it as well as what they've been able to accomplish to bring a full service production facility to New Orleans." Kevin Murphy is the Studio Director at Second Line Stages - the first LEED certified studio in the country. That means the facility is environmentally green. "It's in terms of the building methods and the sustainability of the products you use in the building," he says.
The grand opening of a new film studio in New Orleans shows how lucrative tax incentives have turned the state into a premier location for film and tv production. A mix of federal and state tax credits combined with private financing helped make Second Line Stages a reality. Many believe the old taxi cab repair garage in the Lower Garden District is sure to give Hollywood South a boost.