“HAWAII 5-0” WILL USE HONOLULU ADVERTISER BUILDING AS SOUND STAGE AND OFFICES

“HAWAII 5-0” WILL USE HONOLULU ADVERTISER BUILDING AS SOUND STAGE AND OFFICES

Honolulu Advertiser building.

Steve McGarrett and company are moving into an empty warehouse behind The News Building at Kapiolani Blvd. and South St, most recently the home of  the Honolulu Advertiser and former home of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin…CBS made the announcement today…

“It’s an iconic structure for an iconic series, paying tribute to the history and community of Honolulu,” the network said in a statement…

The new Hawaii Five-0 series begins filming the first of 12 episodes on Oahu July 15….Meanwhile, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides starts filming on Oahu July 14…

Five-0 production executives had a difficult time finding a sound stage and office space for the series after ABC held onto its lease for the Hawaii Film Studio after its hit series LOST wrapped earlier this year…According to crew sources, Five-0 executives were “very unhappy” that the Hawaii Film Studio was not available after LOST wrapped and made their feelings known to state film officials…

The Gannett Company, which owned the Advertiser until its recent sale to the Star-Bulletin, plans to sell the 3.69-acre site which includes a parking lot and two buildings, including the one that will be used as a sound stage.. Gannett has been trying to sell or redevelop the newspaper’s property for five years without finding any takers…

The Advertiser’s headquarters opened in 1929 and cost $500,000 to build. It was designed by architects Emory & Webb in the Beaux Arts-Renaissance Revival style, featuring a grand entrance with a quarried-tile staircase and enameled balusters. That style influenced other famous Honolulu landmarks like city hall and the downtown post office and courthouse…

The building also once housed Hawaii’s first radio station — KGU — and its huge antenna on the roof. A radio reporter broadcast nationwide a description of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 from the top of the news building…The city assessed the value of the property at $16.5 million last year…

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