The studio has been in the neighborhood since 1919, when its founder, Adolph Zukor, pioneered a $2 million “picture studio” in Long Island City for The Famous Players — Lasky Corporation (later to become Paramount).
At the time, Zukor foresaw the migration of the film industry around his new digs. “Thus do mole hills become mountains ... ,” he said at the time, adding “other producers followed our lead, discovered the possibilities of Long Island City and now several more laboratories and studios are under construction.”
Expansion Planned For Kaufman Astoria
Update 5/17/07, Times Ledger:
Kaufman-Astoria to begin expansion project
Photo from Queens Chronicle