HISTORY OF AUSTIN STUDIOS:
For more than a decade, the Austin Film Society (AFS) has operated Austin Studios, a 20-acre film and creative media production complex located at 1901 E. 51st Street in Austin, TX. The goal of Austin Studios is to encourage Austin’s growing creative media community and infrastructure; Austin Studios was founded in 2000 as a part of the City of Austin’s economic growth strategy.
Austin Studios has been utilized for over 235 film and creative media productions, including films such as TRUE GRIT, IDIOCRACY, MISS CONGENIALITY, PREDATORS, SPY KIDS and PARKLAND; television series such as "The Lying Game," Texas Rollergirls and "From Dusk Until Dawn"; commercials and photo shoots for ESPN Sports, Reebok, Entertainment Weekly and many more.
Austin Studios’ production facilities currently feature two sound stages, a large cyclorama, a mill/wardrobe facility, a flex stage, production offices and acres of tarmac for base camp, set construction and parking. In addition to the 100,000 square feet of production space, Austin Studios is home to over 40 small businesses, filmmakers and production vendors, including Richard Linklater’s Detour Filmproduction, Chapman Leonard Studio Equipment, SoundCheck Austin and MPS Camera. AFS’s offices, screening room and break room are also located at Austin Studios, bringing over 4,500 visitors to the studios lot annually through exhibition, education and artist services programming. These tenants make Austin Studios unique, diverse and vibrant.
Since it was founded in 2000, Austin Studios has been the home to more than 235 media productions, which includes over 80 feature films and television shows. These productions have had an economic impact of $1.35 Billion on the Austin economy, creating more than 8,000 jobs for local residents and providing a solid tax base for the city. This economic engine manifests itself across a wide range of film and production-related services, including casting, carpentry, transportation, catering, equipment rentals and wardrobe, just to name a few. This industry puts hundreds of real people to work year-round, driving the Austin economy.
In 2006, Austin Studios received $5 Million in City of Austin bond funding and another $1 Million from Austin Energy, which was used to convert airplane hangers into sound stages by installing HVAC, electrical and soundproofing upgrades. As a result of these facility improvements, productions like TRUE GRIT and "The Lying Game" were lured to Austin. Since the improvements were completed in 2009, Austin Studios has generated $300 million in economic impact from that $6 Million bond.
The City of Austin continues its support of Austin Studios today, as evidenced by two strategic initiatives that align with key goals in the Create Austin Cultural Master Plan. First, City of Austin voters approved a $5.4 Million bond package in November 2012, which will help renovate Austin Studios’ facilities into even more productive space for film and creative media. Second, Austin Studios extended its space portfolio in March 2013 through the acceptance of the 75,000 square foot former National Guard Amory Building (NGB) as part of its lease with the City of Austin.
As Austin Studios grows, so to will its economic impact. Read more about Austin Studios Expansion plans here.