Actors Jessica Biel and Gerard Butler, center, pose with Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker and others at the grand opening of Millennium Studios today in Shreveport. / Adam Kealoha Causey/The Times
Hundreds poured into Millennium Studios this evening to celebrate the $10 million-plus facility's grand opening. A VIP reception that started at 4:30 p.m. included appearances from actors Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel, in town to shoot Millennium feature “Playing the Field.” Local politicians and state officials praised the complex as the anchor for what will become a revived Ledbetter Heights neighborhood.
Construction on the 53,000-square-foot project started in December 2009, allowing the company to take advantage of state film tax credits. Millennium rents the property from Shreveport for $1,200 a year.
Worldwide FX studio, the smaller and western-most building on the 6.7-acre plot, already is open. About 70 graphic designers and other special effects artists are at work there.