Yo, ho, ho for aircraft plant

first_imgThe action rescinds the $50 daily charge for filming with a cast, crew and extras of less than five people, as well as the $100 daily charge for filming with a cast, crew and extras of more than five people. The Palmdale plant, called Site 9 and used by Rockwell International during the 1980s for the assembly of 100 B-1B bombers, is developing a track record for use as a soundstage. One assembly building was used in the 2003 Steven Spielberg movie “Terminal,” starring Tom Hanks. For that film, a 2 1/2-story replica of an airport terminal was built, complete with some 40 retail shops and restaurants. “Terminal” provided an estimated $5 million boost to the region’s economy, including work for as many as 150 local workers a day. More recently, the site was used by the production company working on a “Mission Impossible” sequel. The plant was also used for filming the 1998 release “Hard Rain,” starring Christian Slater and Morgan Freeman. For that movie, several sets depicting a small town were built inside a hangar. The set was flooded for the movie’s climax. LAWA continues to hunt for a permanent tenant for Site 9’s 1 million square feet of industrial space. LAWA officials say they want to attract an aircraft-related business. In the meantime, LAWA is attracting short-term tenants. LAWA estimates it has received $583,000 in rents from short-term tenants over the past two years. Part of Site 9 is now being rented out to Sanswire Networks LLC, which is building a high-tech airship. That company is paying $185,000 in rent through September. There is a possibility the company will extend its stay in Palmdale, and pay an additional $84,000 in rent through December, according to LAWA. [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe production company is renting 254,000 square feet of hangar 703 and 40,000 square feet of hangar 704. Details of the filming were not immediately available. The rental agreement lists filming for both Pirate sequels, although the first sequel, “Dead Man’s Chest,” is already in post-production work for its release this summer. In a related move, LAWA commissioners agreed to waive daily film permit fees at Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, Palmdale, and Van Nuys Airport. The action covers motion picture filming and commercial still photography and is in accordance with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s commitment to make Los Angeles a “film friendly” city, LAWA officials said. PALMDALE – A former aircraft assembly plant can hoist the Jolly Roger as it turns into a soundstage for filming of two “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequels. Two massive hangars once used to build B-1B bombers and now owned by Los Angeles World Airports will be rented to filmmakers for seven months, with an option for six months more if needed. “While we seek a long-term aviation tenant, we are pleased to be able to support the film industry in Southern California by making this unique hangar facility available for filming,” said LAWA spokesman Paul Haney. Film company Second Mate Productions will pay LAWA $616,435 to rent the plant, located at Rancho Vista Boulevard and 30th Street East, beginning in May. last_img