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Toronto's Massive 'Filmport' Now Open For Business

Toronto's 'Filmport', a massive studio facility, opened its doors Wednesday.

The $60 million facility features a 260,000-square-foot complex, which comprises seven stages, includes a 45,900 square foot sound stage -- the largest of its kind in the world.

Canadian-born director David Cronenberg (Crash) was at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, alongwith Toronto Mayor David Miller.

"The people who designed this, who built this, who have engineered it, have really sweated the details, every single detail. It's really quite phenomenal and incredibly impressive and incredibly exciting to any film person," Cronenberg said.

The Filmport is designed like Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral, with no internal pillars or other obstructions on the 45,900 square foot sound stage, which was a detail Cronenberg certainly didn't miss: "So for me, I have to say that the mega-stage is now my Notre-Dame, it's my cathedral, I plan to worship there regularly."

See video below with a tour of the facility, while it was still under construction:

August 21, 2008 |




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