Multimedia firm pays $1.3 million for Dayton property it plans to turn into film campus

Largest production studio in the Midwest envisioned.

1913 Studios paid $1.3 million for the 721 Springfield St. property it intends to use as a studio production campus in Dayton.

New Montgomery County property records show the company also purchased 1.2 acres of industrial-zoned vacant land on Irwin Street nearby as part of that price.

1913 Studios last month announced its purchase of a 210,000-square-foot former manufacturing facility at 721 Springfield St. in Dayton that it will use to headquarter its film production operations. Construction is set to begin this month and is estimated to be completed by mid-2023.

Joey DiFranco, president and co-founder of 1913 Studios, said the planned studio — which he described as a “campus” — will be the largest production studio in the Midwest and is estimated to cost $25 million.

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Records identify the seller as ABCM LLC and give a sale date of Tuesday. The buyer is identified as “1913 Studios LLC,” whose state incorporation papers were signed by Seth Hummel, chief executive of 1913 Studios.

With 40-foot-tall ceilings in the building’s warehouse space and 60 office spaces, the facility will allow entire productions — from set creation to sound editing and everything in between — to take place in Dayton.

“(It’s going to have) everything you need to make a movie,” Dayton Film Commissioner Lisa Grigsby said in December. “You’re going to have everything in one place. It’s going to create an incredible amount of jobs for the area.”

County records describe the building as having nearly 249,000 square feet, with areas set aside for warehouse uses, multi-use offices, manufacturing space and more.

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