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 George’s. Formerly the Astor Room, George’s Hollywood restaurant and a live jazz restaurant, tips its hat to the late George S. Kaufman, founder of the Kaufman Astoria Studio. The vintage restaurant has opened its doors to New Yorkers and invites you to soak up old Hollywood with new interiors, a new movie-inspired menu and a distantly familiar yet entirely new identity.