Tyler Perry’s colossal Southwest Atlanta film studio has a little bit of everything needed to make movies of all genres.
It’s been about four years since Perry, a movie mogul and now prominent real estate developer, scooped up some 330 acres of former U.S. Army base Fort McPherson for a cool $30 million.
That’s roughly the size of Piedmont and Grant parks put together. (Critics of the purchase have claimed then-Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed helped Perry secure a sweetheart deal.)
On Saturday, Perry hosted a grand opening celebration of the studio, which has been operational in some capacity for a few years now, with a guest list of celebrities, local leaders, and other industry heavies. (Will Smith, Oprah, Denzel Washington, and Sidney Poitier were all expected to attend.)
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the property has come a long way, and Perry had a lot to show off.
Sure, Perry has developed a dozen mammoth sound stages that Hollywood producers can rent to make films. But Tyler Perry Studios offers far more than that. See more at Curbed.