LA Director/Filmmaker, Marquette Williams, of Williams & Co., is bringing his vision for Cleveland to life. Cinema City is a mixed-use development anchored by a Film and TV production soundstage. An all-inclusive Film & Television production studio complete with equipment rentals, office space rentals, on-the-job training, and more.
The Cinema City project is a mixed-use development anchored by a Hollywood Sound Stage for film and television production. Veteran Film Industry executive Marquette Williams has teamed with several Hollywood pros to transplant a 121 billion dollar annual growth industry into Cleveland, Ohio.
Answering the need for new film and TV production facilities, Cinema City will be a real estate rental and service provisioning business, analogous to a hotel renting rooms and extras (e.g., room service, meals, etc.). Having grown modestly for many years, original production of filmed entertainment has grown from $5 billion annually in 2010, to over $121 billion on Original Content in 2019, an increase of over 2,000% in less than a decade.
Cinema City does not invest in movies or TV shows. Rather, we are renting out a critical, niche real estate asset to those who do. A ‘sound stage’ is a sophisticated high-tech, enduring necessity for all scripted original content production.
The sound stages will ultimately lead to Cinema City becoming a major, publicly accessible entertainment complex, including retail and residential uses.
Clients are incentivized to come to Cleveland by its existing production track record (e.g., avoid the high costs of filming in New York and film on the streets of Cleveland), and by Ohio’s 30%-of-spending tax credit incentive for producers, which the state has committed to for over ten years.