Pinewood Toronto Studios
Pinewood Toronto Studios (formerly known as Filmport) is a major film and television studio complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is the largest of its kind in Canada. It is the first in Toronto capable of accommodating the production of large blockbuster movies. The studio is named for UK based The Pinewood Studios Group.
It is located across the shipping channel from Hearn Generating Station along Commissioner Street.
The project covers 4.5 hectares (11 acres) of land in the Port Lands area of Toronto, a former industrial area, that is already home to a number of smaller studios. The Port Lands site was originally a brownfield site owned by Imperial Oil, and required considerable cleanup prior to reuse.
From Filmport to Pinewood Toronto Studios
Pinewood Toronto Studios was constructed to be a “green” facility with a number of environmental considerations.
- Automated lighting, heating and cooling systems
- All stages and offices are insulated to reduce the amount of heating/cooling energy used.
- Appliances in wardrobe and craft/kitchen areas are water/energy efficient.
- Instantaneous hot water systems in kitchens and craft rooms
- General recycling
- Bioswale to remediate drainage water in front of the lot (water reused for irrigation)
- Runoff water pool from the roof of the Mega Stage (water reused for irrigation)
- Local vegetation requiring less water usage
- Nighttime irrigation
- Filtered water coolers
Stages and facilities
The 11-hectare lot features seven purpose-built soundstages and one converted warehouse, ranging from 10,000 square feet (930 m2) to 46,000 square feet (4,300 m2). The largest soundstage, called the Mega Stage, is more than 46,000 square feet (4,300 m2) and is the largest purpose-built soundstage in North America. The facilities are designed to accommodate the production of five simultaneous mid sized feature films, or two massive projects.
The complex also houses an array of office space and ancillary services on the lot.
- Back (CBS TV pilot)
- Battle of the Blades (CBC)
- Breakout Kings (20th Century Fox Television)
- Casino Jack (ATO Pictures)
- Chloe (Sony Pictures)
- Devil (Universal Pictures)
- Dream House (Universal Pictures)
- Happy Town (ABC)
- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Universal Pictures)
- Sundays at Tiffany's (Lifetime Television)
- Take This Waltz (Mongrel Media)
- The Battle of Maggie Hill (Fox TV pilot)
- The Thing (Universal Pictures)
- Total Recall (Columbia Pictures)
- 388 Arletta Avenue (E1 Entertainment)
- Carrie (2012 Film)
- Pacific Rim (2012 film)
- Robocop (2014 film)
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