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Action! Mesa Film Studios Coming to the West Mesa

City to collaborate with seasoned production development team on state-of-the-art film studio
March 15, 2024

ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque’s scenic West Mesa could soon be home to a major film and television production hub. The Mesa Film Studios (MFS) development site is on City-owned property along Atrisco Vista Blvd. The first phase of the project has an estimated capital investment of $57 million on a 60-acre site. In the first year of operations, the studio is expected to create 24 full time jobs and over 750 studio production jobs. The project is expected to have an impact of $531 million through in-state economic activity.

“Film and TV production is happening in full force in Albuquerque, and we’re grateful for partnerships that help us grow so we can keep up with demand,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “This major development on the west side will bring thousands of jobs to the city, and create more opportunities for locals to thrive in the growing industry.”

“This exciting announcement is yet another indication that the film and TV production industry is here to stay in New Mexico," said Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. "New Mexico native Galen Walker’s decision to locate this cutting-edge studio on Albuquerque’s west side is proof that our film industry is not only creating thousands of jobs for New Mexicans, but establishing itself as a major film ecosystem that will continue to generate economic opportunities for businesses of all kinds.”

The film studio property, which will be leased from the City of Albuquerque to MFS, is north of Double Eagle II (DEII)—a small general aviation airport—and will include six sound stages, production office space, backlot, mill space, and a permanent Blue Screen.

“As a fifth generation New Mexican, I’m excited to be coming back home after a long career in Hollywood to establish this film studio, boosting the state’s film industry, and bringing high-quality jobs to the greater Albuquerque area,” said Mesa Film Studios Co-Principal/Co-Owner Galen Walker.

“With the lack of quality soundstages in North America, the new Mesa Studios development in Albuquerque would help New Mexico remain competitive in capturing large-scale, job-rich productions that could otherwise go to competing locations,” said New Mexico Film Office Director Amber Dodson.

“The Mesa Film Studios project is a major boost for Albuquerque's film industry,” said Economic Development Director Max Gruner. “It's not just about creating good-paying jobs—it's about sparking growth that has a ripple effect, supporting other local industries, and adding to the city’s economic prosperity.”

The lease agreement between Mesa Film Studios and the City has been finalized and will be considered by City Council at the upcoming meeting on March 18.