It’s no secret that the Hudson Valley is home to countless Hollywood movie stars and producers—its lush and beautiful landscapes and proximity to New York City providing the best of both worlds. Though a handful of films have showcased the area over the decades, its cinematic footprint paled in comparison to other regions due to a flawed state program that didn’t consider the Hudson Valley “upstate.”
But that’s all changing.
RUPCO has spent just under $2 million to buy the former Metropolitan Life Hall of Records building on South Prospect Street, which is to house a TV and film production center headed by actress Mary Stuart Masterson.
Mary Stuart Masterson plans to open a movie studio away from the bright lights of New York City and even further from Hollywood. The actress, producer, director and writer, best known for starring in “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “Fried Green Tomatoes,” wants to launch a film, television and technology studio in upstate New York, specifically uptown or midtown Kingston in Ulster County.
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KINGSTON — Actress Mary Stuart Masterson wants to create a film, television and technology studio in Kingston that would focus on growing the region’s film industry with an eye toward diversity.