First Minister Rt. Hon. Peter D. Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA today officially opened two sound stages at the Titanic Studios in Belfast following an £8million investment.
Constructed in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, the new sound stages provide 42,000 square feet of studio space to complement the existing c.70,000 square feet Paint Hall building, representing a major addition to the local film and TV production infrastructure.
Collectively the facilities will be known as Titanic Studios and will be marketed globally by Northern Ireland Screen as it works to secure new international film and television projects. The £8.3million project was assisted by a £3.4million loan from Invest Northern Ireland to Titanic Film Studios Ltd.
The First Minister said: “This £8million investment supported by Invest NI, demonstrates a real confidence in our film and television sector. Located in the heart of the Titanic Quarter, these new sound stages represent the very best in modern, purpose built studio space. Northern Ireland has successfully secured a significant number of film and television productions in recent years with productions such as Game of Thrones and Your Highness. These new Titanic Studios will greatly enhance Northern Ireland’s ability to attract further large scale screen productions and secure the associated benefit to the economy.”
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: “Today’s event clearly demonstrates the collective commitment and determination of both the private and public sectors to turn this region into a global hub for the creative industries. Titanic Studios will provide over 100,000 square feet of high specification workspace, ensuring that we have the capacity, capability and confidence to attract global players like HBO and Universal, and fully realise the potential of our creative sector.”
After officially opening the new sound stages, the Ministers unveiled plaques naming the stages after two Belfast born filmmakers. The Hurst Stage is named after film director Brian Desmond Hurst and the MacQuitty Stage is named after film producer William MacQuitty. The event was attended by representatives of both families.