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Cine Magic Stages in Soho and Williamsburg Become Latest Qualified Production Facilities

August 2, 2010 - Cine Magic Stages, with facilities in Soho and Williamsburg, have become the latest qualified production facilities.

Four years ago, Cine Magic Stages opened their first studio in Soho and quickly became a preferred destination among production companies. The success of the Soho operation helped facilitate the latest expansion, Cine Magic Riverfront Studios in Brooklyn.

According to co-owner Peter Kapsalis, the Riverfront Studios offer large, column-free, high ceiling soundstages, with lighting and grip on premises, production offices for both pre-production and production, and spaces for production companies to set up their businesses permanently. There is 1.5 acres of parking that provides production companies with staging areas for location trucking in addition to free crew parking.

“Cine Magic Riverfront Studios is unique in that we offer interior and exterior stages from a single locale on the East River with incredible Manhattan skyline views,” said Kapsalis. “Our Rooftop and Skyline exterior stages provide the user with panoramic views of all five boroughs, creating locations and backdrops not available at any other studio facility.” The stage is also close to lower Manhattan's vast production community and is located near subways and Water Taxi ferry service.

The Soho stage has hosted numerous productions over the past several years, ranging from music videos with Justin Timberlake to commercials for Pizza Hut, and the Williamsburg location has already been the home to several commercials, including one for the iPad.

“We are hoping to attract episodic television and feature films,” said Kapsalis. “We have already received many calls for feature films. We will continue to service the commercial industry, which is the industry we are bred from, and a driving force in NYC production.”

Both buildings also have unique histories. The Brooklyn stage was originally the home for the Shaefer Beer brewery and later for Kedem Wine. At a time when Brooklyn was well known for its beer, beer barges would routinely dock on the riverfront side of the brewery. The facility in Soho was once the home of Honeybee Robotics, which built the excavation arm for the Mars Rover.

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