Could Wilmington become a hot spot for TV and film production like Atlanta or Vancouver? It seems like a longshot suggestion, but a new, just-announced sound stage project could give Delaware a bigger dot on the entertainment business map.
Light Action Productions, based in New Castle, confirmed to Out and About that they’ve decided to build a new multi-million dollar, 25,000-square-foot, 95-foot-tall sound stage called The Pine Box as part of a 150,000 square foot production facility on Wilmington’s 7th Street Peninsula.
“This sound stage will be for crews and companies that are either doing pre-production on a Broadway musical, or for a touring band that’s about to go out on the road, or for film or TV crews,” said Scott Humphrey, President of Light Action. “We’ve looked at moving to the city for a while, and I think this space will bring a sort of organic energy and lots of opportunity to the area.”
In addition to the Pine Box, the Light Action Productions’ warehouse will occupy 90,000 square feet. Another 30,000 square feet will be designated to design, video and lighting studios and conference rooms, and 5,000 square feet will be office space.
The Mayor’s office was quick to praise Humphries for his decision to build on the Peninsula located east of Swede’s Landing, where the Christina River meets Brandywine Creek. It’s the home of Wilmington Industrial Park, the 7th Street Skate Park, and acres of unused land.
“There aren’t that many places in the city where you can find a piece of property that large, especially for a company of Scott’s size, with the need for external parking, all his big rigs, storage, and equipment,” said Mayor Mike Purzycki in a press releas. “We wanted to do everything we could to make the site attractive, but there was no particular assistance from us other than the commitment that we will improve road access at the site.”
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held within the next month, and the facility’s grand opening in tentatively slated for late 2019.-30-