Gov. Quinn joined by Kelsey Grammer for studio opening

May 10, 2011 3:24:29 PM PDT
Governor Pat Quinn says a new, state-of-the-art movie and TV studio financed in part with state money has made Illinois a world-class film destination.

The governor was joined by Emmy Award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer at Cinespace Chicago Film studios. The state has invested $5 million in the Near Southwest Side facility. It's the nation's largest such studio outside Hollywood.

"Hollywood, everybody knows, is a great place for studios," said Gov. Quinn. "So is London, England. But we want to make sure that Chicago, Illinois, is a place where when you come to make a TV show or a movie."

Last year, film and TV projects brought the state a record $161 million and more than 8,000, the governor said.