Tyler Perry made history this weekend with the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios. Perry is the first black American to own a major film studio outright. The Atlanta film complex spans 330 acres with 12 sound stages – larger than the Burbank, California lots owned by Warner Brothers, Paramount, and Walt Disney Studios combined. “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King spoke to Perry in Atlanta about the historic moment.
With the 330-acre Tyler Perry Studios that’s situated on what was the Fort McPherson Army base serving as the locus point of Perry productions, it’s no secret that Atlanta is the epicenter of the Tyler Perry creative world.
As one of the largest major motion picture studios, Tyler Perry Studios continues to heighten the creative potential of Atlanta, and yesterday, the city cemented Tyler Perry Studios as a pivotal part of Atlanta with an exciting addition to Georgia State Route 166: an updated highway exit sign that bears the studio name.
Tyler Perry was greeted with the sign on his drive to the studio, and took to Facebook to share thoughts on his full-circle moment.
“Driving into work today I saw these signs on the highways being changed. My eyes filled with water knowing what God has allowed to happen in my life,” Perry shared in a Facebook post.
“Atlanta has truly been the promised land for me. I came here with nothing, lived off Sylvan Road, ended up homeless and starving, but I was always praying and believing,” he added.
Having opened in 2016, Tyler Perry Studios is yet another example of Perry’s constant drive to lead the industry through and through.
Perry states on his instagram "Glory to Glory - Couldn’t close the weekend without Jesus meeting us on the lawn at the studio!! Having a full heart and a thankful soul to all that have prayed me all the way here."
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