Second Line Stages Celebrates 220,000-Square-Foot Expansion

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NEW ORLEANS — Second Line Stages, a 12-year-old film and television studio in the Lower Garden District, is celebrating the completion of a 222,000-square-foot campus expansion. Impetus Construction, led by Wesley Palmisano, built the giant, airplane-hangar-style structures in less than a year.

Studio executives said the project has added two city blocks to the facility and includes five new sound stages, which take up 90,800 square feet. There’s also roughly 70,000 square feet of flexible production-support space, 12,000 square feet of production offices and a 50,000-square-foot basecamp.

A Nov. 3 ribbon-cutting press event doubled as the opening night of the 2022 New Orleans Film Festival and featured speeches from Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Trey Burvant, who co-founded Second Line with Susan Brennan in 2010. Afterward, the film fest screened “The Inspection” in one of the new sound stages.

Second Line, which was acquired in 2020 by California-based Hackman Capital Partners, claims the title of the “first purpose-built, full-service production facility in Louisiana — and the first independent green film studio in the United States.” Since opening in 2010, the studio has been home to the productions of “Django Unchained,” “American Horror Story,” “21 Jump Street” and roughly 70 other film and television productions.

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