Vernon News

Film studio in North Okanagan closing due to lack of demand

Image Credit: Okanagan.Studio

VERNON - A first-of-its-kind film studio venture in Vernon has failed to get off its feet.

Okanagan Studios opened in 2016, boasting 50,000 square feet of specialized space built for making movies.

But the roughly four acre property on Kosmina Road in Vernon now has a for sale sign on it. According to the listing, the asking price is $5.75 million.

Okanagan Studios owner Tim Bieber was not available for an interview today, but said by email there was not enough demand for the space.

“Productions coming to the Okanagan are no larger then they have been in past which means too small to need dedicated studio space. No larger productions were interested in taking the risk to leave Vancouver,” Bieber said.

The project was hailed by the Okanagan Film Commission, and described as a “build it and they will come” investment. 

Film commissioner Jon Summerland said in June of 2016 that two feasibility studies indicated a studio space would be viable in the Okanagan. 

The studio was used somewhat during its brief existence, including by the makers of The Recall, starring Wesley Snipes.

The highly celebrated Okanagan Studios property in Vernon is now up for sale.
The highly celebrated Okanagan Studios property in Vernon is now up for sale.
Image Credit: Contributed

To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston or call 250-309-5230 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.

We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above. 

File photo.
Vernon car wash fender bender ends in stalemate
A soapy windshield and conflicting stories were both factors in why the B.C. small claims courts failed to find anyone liable after a fender bender at a Vernon car wash left two drivers and the business owner all pointing the finger of blame at e
The Chase is C.C. Jentsch's highly rated red wine blend.
Wine of the Week: The Chase from C.C. Jentsch Cellars
The B.C. wine industry lost another beloved member. News of the recent passing of Chris Jentsch of C.C. Jentsch Cellars has saddened the community. Chris and his wife Betty both grew up in the Okanagan orchard industry and eventually convert

Top News