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Film and TV production revnues in Chicago and Illinois hit a record high of $630 million in 2021

Cinespace Plans 19 New Soundstages on West Side

Currently maxed out on capacity, the owner of Chicago’s booming Cinespace Chicago Film Studio hopes to increase the number of soundstages in the West Side facility nearly 50% by the end of the year.

Cinespace operator Alex Pissios told Crain’s Chicago Business the recent purchase of an empty industrial building at 19th and Rockwell, just southeast of his main campus, should allow him to add 15 to 19 new soundstages by the fall. The facilities could be used for films, but almost all Pissios’ business is in TV, both broadcast and streamed.

Cinespace now has 42 soundstages, both at its original Lawndale campus and a newer satellite in a former steel mill in Little Village. All have resumed production with safety protocols in place as the COVID-19 pandemic has eased.

“There’s such a demand for space, we’re actually turning away business,” Pissios told Crain’s. “They’re using everything we have now.”

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