Kaufman Astoria Studios (KAS) has established itself as one of the largest and most sophisticated production centers in New York and on the East Coast. Our versatility and emphasis on service has made KAS the studio of choice for countless productions.
KAS is at the center of a bustling creative environment where shooting, pre- and post-production take place around the clock. We offer producers, directors and other industry professionals over 500,000 square feet of sound stages, production office and service space. Our recently opened backlot space—the only outdoor stage facility in New York— is complete with a Hollywood-style gate designed by David Rockwell. With demand for studio space at an all-time high, KAS is the quintessential film studio for all productions in the New York area.
Built in 1920, Kaufman Astoria Studios was the original home of Paramount Pictures, and over 100 silent films were made on its sound stages. Today, top Hollywood film, television, and digital on-demand series are made at the studio, including the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, Amazon’s Alpha House, Starz’s Flesh and Bone, the NBC pilot State of Affairs, and Sesame Street, which has filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios since 1992. Recent feature film productions include Deliver Us From Evil (scheduled for summer 2014 release) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Men in Black 3, and The Bourne Legacy.
Fast forward to today and the original studio’s commissary is now reimagined as The Astor Room. Under the direction of Chef Nathaniel Felder, formerly of Manhattan hot spots Catch and Lavo, the updated menu celebrates classic American cuisine and features a signature cocktail list that pays homage to the Astor Room’s cinematic heritage. Under the glow of the iconic Kaufman Astoria Studios gate, guests can dine in an outdoor dining area shrouded in palms within the Studio’s backlot.