Kaufman Astoria Studios

  • Also Known As: Astoria Studio
  • Historically Known As: Paramount Studios Complex
  • Also Known As: Army Pictorial Center
  • Original Name: Famous Players Lasky Co

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1920/00/00 Paramount Pictures Owner Paramount Studios is originally built by Famous Players-Lasky to be close to the Broadway theater district. The Astor Room was the "commissary" for stars such as W C Fields, Gloria Swanson and the Marx Brothers in between takes in the movie studio.
1929/00/00 Marx Brothers Actors At Famous Players-Lasky studio, The Marx Brothers make their first motion picture, The Cocoanuts.
1929/05/00 Cary Grant Actor Paramount invites Archie Leach and Jeanette MacDonald to a screen test at their Austoria Studio, neither were offered a contract. Leach was told his neck was too long, so in the future he had shirts custom made to hide his neck.
1942/01/00 War Department acquires Kaufman Astoria Studios to make Army training and indoctrination films.
1942/06/00 John Cheever Military Early in the summer, Cheever is transferred to the Army Pictorial Center in Astoria, Queens. John commutes via subway from his apartment in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City.
1970/00/00 Armed Forces productions cease, studio turned over to New York City

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Particulars for Kaufman Astoria Studios:
Area of Significance Communications
Owner Federal
Historic Use Film Studio
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Manufacturing facility
Level of Significance National
Area of Significance Performing Arts
Owner Private
Area of Significance Theatre

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 14th November 1978

Registry Name: Paramount Studios Complex
Registry Address: 35th Ave., 35th, 36th, and 37th Sts.
Registry Number: 78001897
Resource Type: District
Owner: Private, Federal
Architect: Multiple
Architectural Style: No style listed
Area in Acres: 5
Contributing Buildings: 6
Non-Contributing Buildings: 3
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Performing arts, Communications
Applicable Criteria: Event
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1950-1974
Significant Year: 1921, 1932, 1942
Historic Function: Industry, processing, extraction, Recreation and Culture
Historic Sub-Function: Manufacturing facility, Theater
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Industry, processing, extraction
Current Sub-Function: Theater Manufacturing facility

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