TORONTO — Alberta hopes to attract more film and TV productions by building a permanent sound stage in Calgary.
The $22.8 million facility will feature 20,000- and 30,000-square-foot sound stages as well as 18,000 square feet of warehouse space and up to 15,000 square feet for workshop space.
“We’re confident in the new business model developed by Calgary Economic Development and believe it has what it needs to be successful in attracting and retaining film productions,” said Alberta Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk in a release.
Klimchuk said the film, television and digital media industry in Alberta has pumped more than $400 million into the economy in the last five years.
The province recently played host to the feature films Interstellar starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway and Cut Bank with Liam Hemsworth and John Malkovich.
A new TV series based on the film Fargo is currently shooting in Alberta.
Three seasons of Hell on Wheels have been filmed in the province.
Previous feature productions in Alberta include Brokeback Mountain and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
The location of the new studio, scheduled to open by next summer, has not been announced.
Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal have massive sound stages to accommodate film and television productions.