Day 65

Kaufman Astoria Studios

March 4th, 2012

Originally known as Astoria Studio, its proximity to the theaters of Broadway made it a major production center in the early days of film — the first two Marx Brothers movies, among others, were shot here — but things died down after Paramount (who owned the studio) moved all their operations to California in 1932. The Army took over the studio in 1942, making training and propaganda films here for almost 30 years. Production activity started to pick up again in the late '70s, and many well-known movies and TV shows have been filmed here in the years since, including Sesame Street!

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