Toronto soundstage to house temporary jail

Shuttered film facility earmarked for unruly G20 protesters

TORONTO -- A new use has been found for the former Toronto Film Studios facility in the city's downtown port area: a temporary jail to warehouse unruly protesters during the upcoming G20 Summit in June.

Like a scene out of Stuart Townsend's 2007 film "Battle in Seattle," which was shot in Vancouver, CTV News on Friday reported that the soundstages on Eastern Avenue will process prisoners should mass arrests be necessary in downtown no-go zones as world leaders gather in Toronto.

The longtime TFS soundstages have movie credits that include "Cinderella Man" and "The Pacifier."

Local unions and guilds, including IATSE, last year failed to keep the TFS facility open for film and TV production after its owners failed to secure zoning approval to turn the site into a retail mall development.

After the launch of the nearby Pinewood Toronto Studios complex in the city's port area, city studio operators have begun to shift their businesses to western Toronto, nearer to Pearson Airport.