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Bayonne Could Soon Be Home to the Largest Film Studio in the Northeast

by Erin Lanahan
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Cameras, lights, and Hollywood actors are becoming a common occurrence on the streets of Bayonne, Hoboken, and Jersey City lately. Just this spring, award-winning actor Timothée Chalamet was spotted shooting the upcoming biopic all around the Garden State. Hudson County residents could soon see an increase in feature films shooting in our neighborhoods. In May 2024, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board designated 1888 Studios in Bayonne as a Film-Lease Partner Facility. Let’s dive into what that means for Bayonne and how it impacts the rest of Hudson County, New Jersey.

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Photo Credit: 1888 Studios 

About 1888 Studios

The project that will eventually be the home of 1888 Studios is being developed by Togus Urban Renewal, LLC, as a film and television studio facility. The space takes up almost 60 acres of land in Bayonne, plus 20 acres in Newark Bay. In a press release, plans for the development reportedly include 23 mega-powered smart sound stages, more than 350,000 square feet of production support space, office spaces, lighting and grip facilities, a parking garage, and other things. Plus, the public will be able to enjoy a waterfront park and promenade, according to the press release. It’s slated to open in 2026.

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It’s supposed to be the largest studio in the Northeast, making Bayonne almost like the Hollywood of the East Coast. Okay, Hudson County might not have a Walk of Fame, but Governor Phil Murphy says it will help create jobs, support local businesses, and create more opportunities for filming in New Jersey.

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“The increase in film studio development in New Jersey is a testament to the state’s best-in-the-region incentives and wealth of local talent, helping transition the Garden State into the northeastern capital of film and entertainment,” Governor Murphy said in a press release.

The Details

The exciting news of becoming a Film-Lease Partner Facility commits the developer, Togus Urban Renewal, to occupy the facility for at least five years. It then grants future tenants the eligibility to apply for increased tax credits for projects filmed at the 1888 Studios facility, according to a press release from the NJEDA.

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Photo Credit: 1888 Studios 

It falls under the Film and Digital Media Tax Credit Program in New Jersey. Governor Phil Murphy reinstated the program in 2018 and it provides different tax credits for different aspects of the film process for projects shot in New Jersey.

Production companies can qualify for these tax credits if they occupy space at a film-lease partner facility, like 1888 Studios, and film at least half of the total project shoot days in New Jersey. Of that part of filming, at least half of those shoot days have to be done at the designated facility.

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Photo Credit: 1888 Studios 

“As a Film-Lease Partner Facility, future tenants of 1888 Studios will have the opportunity to access some of the most competitive filming incentives in the nation, ensuring that the Garden State stays at the forefront of movie and television production,” Jon Crowley, the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission executive director, said in a press release.

More Film Studios in New Jersey

1888 Studios won’t be the only film studio in New Jersey. In April 2024, the West Orange Township Council approved plans for a new film studio in Essex County. Our sister site, The Montclair Girl, previously reported the film studio would be built on 12.2 acres of land near the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in Downtown West Orange. It’s planned to have three to six production stages along with office and parking spaces. The project aims to create 300 to 600 new jobs when fully operational. The NJEDA previously designated the area as a Film Ready Community, meaning the West Orange community is allowed to promote itself as a filming destination.

See More: 12 Movies + TV Shows Filmed in Essex County

We’ll be sure to share the details here as they unfold. For now, be sure to follow @thehobokengirl on Instagram and TikTok for the latest news, and click here to subscribe to our weekly newsletter that shares all of the top stories to your inbox.

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