Former Maine armory could get gig as movie studio

Posted Dec. 10, 2010, at 6:27 a.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A former Maine National Guard armory in South Portland could get a new role as a television and movie studio.

Eric Matheson of Cape Elizabeth says the Fore River Soundstage could set up in the city-owned 35,000-square-foot building on Broadway early next year.

The plan is to build a 10,000-square foot sound stage, with space for props and a set. There would also be a still photography studio, a post-production facility and other functions.

Matheson tells the Portland Press Herald he’s negotiating a lease with an option to buy the building. A component of the lease that would give the city a percentage of rental income is still being negotiated.

The building now houses the Fire Department’s maintenance garage.

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