"I congratulate our team and our joint venture partner on executing this transaction, which reflects our ability to selectively harvest value from our portfolio, and use proceeds to continue to deleverage and reinvest in core products and markets," said David J. LaRue, Forest City president and chief executive officer.
"We are thrilled to welcome the theatre to the Kaufman Astoria Studios family of properties and very excited about the continuing growth and future of the Kaufman Arts District," said Hal G. Rosenbluth, president and CEO of Kaufman Astoria Studios.
The property, which opened in 1999, was originally developed by Forest City on land it acquired from Kaufman Astoria Studios. With the sale, the Forest City/Madison International joint venture continues to own 14 mature specialty retail and entertainment properties in the New York City metropolitan area.
About Forest City
Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $8.8 billion in consolidated assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.forestcity.net.
About Kaufman Astoria Studios
Built in 1920, Kaufman Astoria Studios was the original home of Paramount Pictures, with over 100 silent films made on its sound stages. Today, top Hollywood film, television, and digital on-demand series are made at the studio, including the films Money Monster, How to Be Single and Birdman, the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black, AMC's Feed the Beast, NBC's Shades of Blue, Showtime's The Affair, and Sesame Street, which has filmed at Kaufman Astoria Studios since 1992. Other recent TV and film productions include Nurse Jackie, Deliver Us From Evil, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Men in Black 3, and The Bourne Ultimatum.
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