Steiner Studios

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Steiner Studios
FoundedBrooklyn, New York, U.S. (2004)
FoundersDavid S. Steiner Architect and acoustician = Janson Tsai Design Associates
Key people
Douglas C. Steiner[1]
ProductsMotion pictures, television programs, commercials, photography
WebsiteOfficial website

Steiner Studios is a film studio at Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York City. It the largest film and television production studio complex in the United States outside of Hollywood.[2] Steiner Studios, spread across 20 acres (8.1 ha), contains 17 soundstages as well as additional support space.

Steiner Studios was founded in 2003, and the first soundstages at the site opened in November 2004. Additional soundstages were added in 2012. A proposed expansion of Steiner Studios would include the historic Brooklyn Naval Hospital, and is projected to be completed in the mid-2020s.


Steiner Studios

Steiner Studios is home to seventeen soundstages, totaling 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2).[3] There is also an additional 224,000 square feet (20,800 m2) of support space, which includes offices, dressing rooms, hair and make-up rooms, wardrobe rooms, mill shops, a spray booth, and prop storage.[4] Office and support spaces have access to satellite uplinks and a high-speed data backbone.

Soundstages are equipped with full grids from 26 to 45 feet, are column-free, sound-insulated, and offer loading and staging areas.[3] Built to accommodate film, high-definition television (HDTV) and digital camera productions, each stage is wired with a minimum of 4,800 amps of power and 50 to 200 tons of cooling. Stages are accessed via 13-foot-high (4.0 m) to 20-foot-high (6.1 m) elephant doors.

Each stage is attached to production and support space, including make-up and dressing rooms, green rooms, storage areas, conference rooms, and offices. In addition to the enclosed building areas, there are assembly and secondary areas for "lay-down" of materials and equipment used in large-scale film projects. The facility features a 100-seat screening room and a full commissary, on-site parking, 24/7 security and lighting and grip equipment services.[5]

Notable productions[edit]

Among the major motion pictures filmed at Steiner Studios are The Producers: The Movie Musical, Fur, Then She Found Me, The Tourist, Across the Universe, The Hoax, Funny Games, The Nanny Diaries, Life Support, Spider-Man 3, Men in Black 3, Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Adjustment Bureau, Sex and the City 2, The Tempest, Revolutionary Road, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Inside Man, Enchanted, Baby Mama, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and Burn After Reading.

Steiner Studios also has hosted many television series, including Damages, Flight of the Conchords, Clash of the Choirs, The Unusuals, Pan Am, Bored to Death, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Gotham, and Hip Hop Squares. It was also the location of the 17th annual Gotham Awards held on November 27, 2007.[6]


In 2003, David S. Steiner and his son Douglas C. Steiner began development of what later became New York City's largest television and movie production facility, on 20 acres (8.1 ha) of the Navy Yard.[7] Steiner Studios opened in November 2004.[8][9] The site initially included a 280,000-square-foot (26,000 m2) studio spread across five stages.[10]

An expansion of the facility through renovation of a seven-story building in the Navy Yard, was announced by chairman Douglas Steiner, on February 15, 2007.[11] In March 2012, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled five new sound stages (a total of 30,500 square feet (2,830 m2)) at Steiner Studios.[8][12][13] The new sound stages all feature two or three wall cycloramas.[14]

Brooklyn College opened the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema on Steiner Studios' production lot for the fall 2013 semester.[15] It is the first public graduate school of film in New York and is thought to be the only film school in the country located on a working film lot.[16] In November 2013, Carnegie Mellon University announced the creation of the Integrative Media Program at Steiner Studios.

Proposed expansion[edit]

In 2012, Steiner Studios proposed building a media campus at the former site of Brooklyn Naval Hospital.[17][18] located just east of the existing Steiner Studios lot.[19]:Figure 1.0-2 (PDF p. 15) Steiner Studios planned to restore the hospital buildings starting in 2017, and restoration was expected to take nearly a decade.[20]

The extant buildings at the hospital included the main building, surgeon's house, quarters 4 through 7, bachelors' and nurses' quarters, carriage houses and stables, the medical supply depot, and the morgue/lumber shed. Steiner proposed to convert these structures into production, post-production, and production support space.[19]:1.5 (PDF p. 17) The hospital had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 2014.[21] Steiner Studios' plan calls for the restoration of 15 NRHP-listed buildings at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital campus, but would also demolish some of the NRHP-contributing artifacts to make way for the new facility,[19]:1.12 (PDF p. 24) Structures with a total floor area of 2,700 square feet (250 m2) would be demolished and replaced with landscaped lawn space.[19]:1.13 (PDF p. 25)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Katherine Clarke (December 1, 2012). "The Closing with Doug Steiner". The Real Deal. Retrieved March 16, 2016. ...My middle name is Craig ....What’s your date of birth? 1960...
  2. ^ "Where Ships Happen: New York City museum celebrates Brooklyn Navy Yard's history". Associated Press. November 19, 2011. Archived from the original on January 22, 2012. Visitors learn, for example, that Steiner Studios -- the largest film and television complex outside Hollywood -- is the yard's largest tenant.
  3. ^ a b "Steiner Studios, 'Hollywood East' Expands Facilities". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 26, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Steiner Studios Opens Five New Soundstages in New York". Backstage. March 27, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Steiner Studios Project Overview,; accessed August 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Indie Films Best to flock mto Navy Yard", New York Daily News, November 15, 2007.
  7. ^ Collins, Glenn (July 21, 2003). "On Brooklyn Back Lot, Finally, Some Action; After Years of Talk, a Movie Studio Is Being Built at the Navy Yard". The New York Times. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Steiner Studios, 'Hollywood East,' Expands Facilities". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 26, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  9. ^ Bagli, Charles V. (February 22, 2006). "Silvercup Studios Sets $1 Billion Complex". The New York Times. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  10. ^ Collins, Glenn (2005-06-08). "Lights, Camera, Brooklyn!". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  11. ^ Steiner Studios (2007-11-22). "Press release: Steiner Studios to Sign Lease on Building at Brooklyn Navy Yard, Doubling Space for Feature Film, Television and Commercial Production". Retrieved 2008-06-23. Hollywood-style Steiner Studios to undergo major expansion - adding new soundstages, post-production, photo studios, and office, wardrobe, and warehouse areas.
  12. ^ "NY studios expand in bid for more films, TV shows". Reuters. March 26, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  13. ^ "Mayor Bloomberg Opens Five New Soundstages at Steiner Studios and Announces New Programs to Help New Yorkers Get Jobs in Entertainment Industry" Check |url= value (help). The official website of the City of New York. March 26, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  14. ^ Steiner Studios Specifications,; accessed August 1, 2018.
  15. ^ "Brooklyn College, Steiner Studios partnering on new graduate film school". New York Post. January 20, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  16. ^ "Barry Feirstein to Make Gift for Brooklyn College Film School". The Wall Street Journal. January 21, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  17. ^ Satow, Julie (August 17, 2012). "Brooklyn Navy Yard Is Site of Proposed Media Campus". The New York Times. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  18. ^ Smith, Sarah Harrison (June 14, 2013). "A Birthplace of Ships, Transformed". The New York Times. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  19. ^ a b c d AECOM (June 2015). "Final Environmental Impact Statement: Steiner Studios Media Campus" (PDF). Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  20. ^ "Prairie Heals an Old Wound at a Former Brooklyn Cemetery". The New York Times. July 12, 2016. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  21. ^ Brooklyn Navy Yard Historic District (PDF). United States Department of the Interior; National Park Service. April 7, 2014. p. 8. Retrieved September 5, 2018.

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