Over 90,000 square feet of sound stage space will be available for major film and video productions, whether to accommodate one gigantic set construction or divided into smaller, multiple sets.
The sound stage area allows for easy access to production offices, dressing rooms, post-production studios, secure storage, equipment rental, and vendors of every description that surround the production area. Props, lighting, sound equipment, and set personnel can be easily moved to any set location on the sound stage.
Offices and Studios
Three levels of the Astrodome will be built out and leased as office and vendor space, equivalent to approximately 600,000 sq. ft. Tenants can include production companies, radio and television stations, post-production studios, sound labs, digital animation studios, film processing, props manufacturing, talent agencies, camera and equipment rental, wardrobe and makeup studios, and virtually any support service associated with the industry.
Space options can be standard or customized. Any type of business associated with film, broadcast media, or production will find Astrodome Studios as the best option to support their professional trade. Along with the amenities that will be included, the tenants of Astrodome Studios will be pioneers– becoming part of the new center of commerce for the entertainment industry in Texas.
Three levels will be dedicated to two museums for the public. The first museum will be the repository for all things Astrodome: the construction story of this building that forever changed the world of architecture, as well as the history of the Houston Astros baseball team for whom Astroturf was invented; the history of the world’s largest rodeo, the on-going Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo; and the star-studded events and performances that gained international attention.
As one museum is dedicated to preserving the structure's incomparable past, another museum will encompass the arts industry in the Astrodome’s visionary future which now centers on the magic-makers of motion pictures. This second museum will showcase the Lone Star State’s 80-plus years of movie and television production.
With galleries of memorabilia, props, costumes, posters, scripts, and video presentations, it’s a museum dedicated to the history of the moving image industry in Texas. The first film ever to win the Academy Award® for Best Picture, “Wings”, was shot in San Antonio in 1927.
The time has come to celebrate the state's moving image industry as well as the Texans who have worked in this industry–both in front of and behind the camera–for more than eight decades.
Because the building was originally a sports stadium–with several decks of theater-style seating–Astrodome Studios will easily provide a venue for special events requiring staging for large audiences. The events stage area will back up to the sound stage area allowing easy installation of props, lighting and sound equipment and providing exceptional viewing quality for the audience.
A sample of the events that could be held at Astrodome Studios: music and awards shows, large fashion shows, galas, television specials, horse shows, political debates and conventions, or televised fund-raising benefit concerts.
Convenient to the sound stage areas will be massive storage rooms for warehousing equipment and props. A large freight entrance ramp from the outside streets down to the sound stages will allow easy access for over-sized tractor trailers and cargo haulers.
Security will assure that all properties are well-cared for in this environmentally controlled storage area.
To facilitate parking and ease congestion of traffic with other events at the Reliant Center complex, engineers will create parking garages and spaces within the walls of the stadium.
Pre-existing structures and building design allow for this. Tenants will appreciate the all-weather parking garages that will be serviced by elevators to the office levels.
During the history of the Astrodome, thousands of people needed to eat during any event they attended.
With so many tenants planned for Astrodome Studios, and with major film productions working day and night, people will again need to eat, drink, and relax.
Leasing options located on three levels within the facilty will be available to restaurants and cafés. In addition, these food service tenants can become contracted for large-scale catering opportunities to support the film crews on location, or provide hospitality services for the big shows utilizing the events stage.
Working on film and television projects can be intense and stressful. In order to keep everyone–from actors to directors to crew–at their peak levels, Astrodome Studios will have a full-service health and fitness center.
Along with the usual workout and aerobic areas, there are plans for a salon, spa, and massage therapy rooms as well as an indoor jogging track around the top deck of the building.