Known as the “City that Lit & Hauled the World”, Schenectady is steeped in history and the perfect place for your Film, Television, or Media Arts project.

We know about production,
we’ve been at it for over 100 years.

The Electric City

“The City that Lit and Hauled the World for over a century”

– is now also a place of Lights, Camera, and Action!  From mansions to mean streets, Schenectady offers a wide variety of shooting possibilities in a compact, production friendly environment. Schenectady’s Historic Stockade District is one of the oldest, best preserved, and architecturally diverse neighborhoods of its kind in the country with homes ranging from modest Colonial cottages to stately Victorian townhouses. Parks, waterfronts, factories, forests, a classic ornate theater and even a casino – all within a short distance from a vibrant downtown filled with arts and hospitality! Combine generous NY state tax credits, thousands of square feet of approved sound stages with a modest cost of living and below the line support services – and your next film is guaranteed to cost less and look better than if it was shot anywhere else.

The Schenectady Motion Picture, Television and Media Arts Commission appointed by Mayor Gary R. McCarthy is not just an office – it is a group of ten local professionals representing business people and services your production needs most when you come to town. We are the ACTION – in the City of Lights, Camera, and Action

Production Space & Services 


Electric City
Screenplay Contest 

$5,800 in Prizes


Birthplace of Television