New York Film Locations

Kaufman Astoria Studios

12 April 2013

The Kaufman Astoria Studios is a historic film studio located in the Astoria region of the New York City borough of Queens, and it is often used when a production company is shooting a picture in Manhattan.

(Kaufman Astoria Studios)

The studio was originally built in 1920, and between 1920 and 1933, there were several features and short subjects were filmed there including The Cocoanuts and Animal Crackers. In 1932, Paramount Pictures relocated all studio operations to California, and the Astoria location was turned over to independent producers.

New York based films that have used the studios in since the 1970’s include the musicals Hair and The Wiz, and the films All That Jazz, The Warriors, Rollover starring Jane Fonda, Endless Love with Brooke Shields, the original Arthur as well as the 2011 remake. A set was constructed at the studios for the 1992 thriller, Sliver starring Sharon Stone and William Baldwin. Other films include the Richard Gere drama, The Cotton Club, Woody Allen’s Radio Days, the Tom Hanks comedy, The Money Pit, The Juror starring Demi Moore, Ransom, Scent of a Woman, Sabrina starring Harrison Ford, First Wives Club, Picture Perfect, Goodfellas, Carlito's Way, Music & Lyrics and the 2009 remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.

(Film: Sliver)

In recent times, the studios have been used for the Will Smith Sci-Fi, Men in Black 3 and the Julia Roberts drama, Eat Pray Love.

(Film: Men in Black 3)

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