It's being designed for international blockbusters!
Does spotting Montreal landmarks in movies fill you with pride? Does your heart race at the sight of New York City street signs in Montreal because you know it's a film set? Do you chase down celebrities when you find out they're in town? There's about to be a lot more where that came from because MELS studios is building a new 160,000-square-foot film production facility in the Bridge-Bonaventure district, specifically designed to "attract even more major film shoots to its studios."
MELS is one of the largest provider of services to the film and television industry in Canada, and major movies have been filmed at its studios — including Transformers, the new Home Alone, X-Men: Apocalypse and Catch Me If You Can. According to a press release, the expansion is "designed to attract international blockbusters."
MELS already has three studios in Montreal, one in Saint-Hubert and one in Quebec City.
The new studio, called MELS 4, will use 60,000 square feet for its film studio, which will be dividable into two smaller film studios and the rest of the space will be dedicated to staging areas, workshops, and production offices.
If all goes according to plan, it'll be air-conditioned, soundproof and have 50-foot-high ceilings.
The project is expected to be a $76 million investment with the Quebec government contributing $25 million to construction costs.
MELS 4 is set to be completed in the spring of 2023.