Cinespace to transform PortsToronto Marine Terminal into Port Lands Studio Space

Toronto Mayor John Tory and Cinespace Film Studios announced March 2 the signing of a multiyear lease with PortsToronto to occupy and develop Marine Terminal 51 and the Cruise Ship Terminal into film and TV production facilities.

Video of the current space and a designer’s rendering of the new space can be seen here.

Marine Terminal 51 will become a new hub for Cinespace’s downtown productions, relocating studio capacity from their former Eastern Avenue site. Cinespace’s Toronto studio facilities are known for housing award-winning productions such as the TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Oscar-nominated movie, The Shape of Water.

“Hearing the clear and recurring requests from Toronto’s repeat film clients for more studio space in our city, we asked every agency in Toronto to audit their inventories for large sites that could be leased to the film industry,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “I am gratified today that PortsToronto and Toronto’s studio veterans—Cinespace—have come to this agreement in the Port Lands. Our proud city and our award-winning industry look forward to a long and steady stream of new film and television production activity in the heart of Toronto.”

Now in its 30th year of operations, Cinespace is a Toronto success story and the largest private owner and operator of studio space in North America, specializing in the development, management and operation of space and support for the film, television and digital media production industry.

“Toronto’s film industry has great potential for further growth and success,” said Steve Mirkopoulos, President and CEO of Cinespace. “The Cinespace family is proud to move on phase two of our multiyear, multimillion-dollar investment and intensification initiative. The new Marine Terminal studio complex will feature 165,000 square feet of production space that both relocates and enhances capacity recently displaced, and most importantly, keeps it inside Toronto’s strategically important studio district.”

Cinespace’s film and television production activities will occupy Marine Terminal 51 and a portion of the Cruise Ship Terminal. It will not affect or displace industrial port operations and cruise ship activities will continue unabated on PortsToronto’s property.

Maritime Editorial