Essential Public Radio reports on Pittsburgh's 31st Street Studios, which is expected to bring digital production and other movie-making activities into the city through partnerships with others in the industry.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald called Pittsburgh the Hollywood of the East. He said it’s been an exciting time with the industry bringing stars like Tom Cruise and Christian Bale to Pittsburgh, but he said that’s not the best part of what’s happening.
"What it really means to us is jobs, the fact that $300 million has come into our economy over the last four years because of the movie industry, the fact that we’re converting an old steel mill, going from steelmaking to movie making," said Fitzgerald.
When complete, 31st Street Studios will be the largest sound stage outside of Los Angeles. The 300,000 square foot facility includes 10 stages and the capacity to host any size production.
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