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Tyler Perry envisions 20-acre expansion of studios at Fort McPerson

Perry said he would like to acquire about 20 acres in addition to the 330 acres he bought in 2015.

ATLANTA — Atlanta media tycoon Tyler Perry wants to create an entertainment district at Fort McPherson next to Tyler Perry Studios.

In an exclusive interview, Perry said he would like to acquire about 20 acres from the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority (MILRA) – in addition to the 330 acres he bought in 2015 for about $30 million.

“I would love to go in and buy those 20 acres and build a 3,000-seat theater,” said Perry, who added he would like it to be similar to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. “There could be three or four restaurants and an alley of about 10 small theater houses and dinner theaters – from 50 seats to 350 seats.”

Perry also envisions building a museum of his work along with African-American history on the site, and he would use that as a base to conduct public tours of Tyler Perry Studios. That part of the site would be publicly accessible to the community.

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“I have not presented the idea to MILRA,” Perry acknowledged. But in his initial agreement to buy the 330 acres at Fort Mac, Perry was given the right of first offer on any of the remaining land of the former fort, which totaled 488 acres when the base closed in September 2011.

Since acquiring the property, Perry has developed a major movie and television studio with 10 sound stages combined with multiple locations that feature the historic fort, as well as new buildings including a replica of the White House for Perry’s television series “The Oval.”

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