• General Rental Inquiries

  • What is included in the location fee?

    Your rental includes power, heat, a hair and makeup station/room and someone from our staff available on site for questions.

    You are responsible for securing your own catering and any rental needs from outside vendors.  We are happy to put you in touch with our favorite vendors if you wish.

    Holding, catering, hair and makeup, and green room are all housed within your rental space.  You may decide to rent a separate area solely for these needs.

  • What are your rates?

    Your rate depends on a few factors:  # of people on set, length and number of days, and # of areas rented.  It is also dependent on whether you are a photo shoot, video, film/tv/commercial or an event – and whether you are recording sound.

    Please email us with the following information so we can provide you with an accurate quote:

    • Type of shoot (photo, photo with BTS, or Motion) –
    • Are you recording sound? –
    • Dates you want to hold? –
    • How many days will you actually need? –
    • # prep days, # shoot days, # wrap days? –
    • Length of day? –
    • Time of Day? –
    • Size of crew? –
    • Which areas are you interested in shooting in? –
    • Do you need to rent an extra room for holding? –
    • Plans for anything messy such as glitter, powder, sand, paint, confetti, fake blood? –
    • Client/Talent? –

    At the 1896 all spaces are available to rent separately (this allows us to accommodate lower budget shoots that can’t afford to rent our our whole building).  We do allow for a-la-carte rentals of separate spaces by the hour upon availability day of, so if your photographer wants to get a shot or two on the Roof while you shoot in Area 3, for example, that is often possible.

  • How do I schedule an appointment to view the space?

    Email or call our office to arrange a scout.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10am-6pm.

  • What are your shooting hours? Can we do an overnight shoot/event?

    Our “regular” shooting hours are from 7am to 10pm. However, we do allow for early/late hours with an additional fee.

  • Which entrance should crew/talent use?

    Most bookings use our stage entrances at 211 or 215 Ingraham St, between Gardner and Stewart.  Unless we have specifically told you otherwise please use the 215 Ingraham St entrance.

  • What is the parking situation?

    We do not have a parking lot at the 1896.  You have the choice of finding street parking or permitting with the mayor’s office.  We are located in an industrial area and street parking is easy early mornings, nights, and weekends.  On shoot days we do our best to block the length of our building on Ingraham (approximately 4 or 5 car lengths) and you are welcome to block our roll gates once you have loaded in.

    The 1896 IS ELIGIBLE FOR PERMITTING FROM MOME/ NYC  as we fall COVID restrictions due to the fact we are a certified stage with no outdoor dining nearby.  Consider applying for a parking permit from the city.

  • Do you host weddings?

    2022 Update: We are not currently taking wedding bookings.

  • Do you host other events?

    2022 Update:   If your event is multi-day and multi-area (or small and last minute) please see below. We usually confirm 6 weeks to a month or so out.

    Our event pricing is usually for a 14hr rental, which includes all set up and break down time.  We have three indoor and one outside area, and you may rent one space or a combination of spaces. The roof is not available for an event.

    Primarily we are a shooting location for film/television/photo – so events fit into our schedule when we have room or a slow month.  Events that work best here are multi day, or multi area full paying (no discount) – or short notice events which are easier to schedule further in advance.  Please email us and we will send you a PDF of Event Information and Pricing for you to review.

    The 1896 is not zoned as an event space, so it is the client’s responsibility to obtain any permitting deemed necessary for their event, including a Temporary Permit of Assembly (TPA) via the Department of Buildings, insurance certificate, and a temporary liquor license if alcohol if necessary.

  • The Details Of Our Space

  • Can the skylights be blocked?

    Area 2: These skylights are easy to block.  It takes 15 mins, and we have the tarps and the clamps.  There is no charge.

    Area 3: These skylights are generally blocked from the inside using a scissor-lift (prior to arrival only) or occasionally from the outside (weather permitting).  Clients can usually hire someone on our staff ($350-$500) to do the physical blocking if booked in advance. Clients may also rent materials from us and/or the scissor lift and block/unblock themselves during their rental time.

  • Do you have wifi?

    Yes, we have wifi throughout the building.

    Areas 2/3 network:  the 1896

    Area 4 network: 1896 Stages

    Password: studiosandstages

  • Can we record sound?

    We are not a “sound stage” however people often record sound at the 1896. Please let the booking team know ahead of time that you are recording sound so that we can advise you on what area(s) to book and the best times to record.  Keep in mind you may want to book multiple spaces to ensure that we will not book any another clients in areas which adjoin your rental space.

  • Can the floors be polished?

    You can polish the floors if, and only if, you use our recommended product. We have photos if necessary. All polishing must be approved by an 1896 manager prior to your shoot.


  • Can I paint the walls or floors?

    Our walls are special to us. They either have a century worth of patina or have been scenic’d.  And our floors are exactly as we like them.  Within Areas 2-4 and the Courtyard we don’t usually allow painting,  but there are some things you can do with Tempra mixed with dish soap in those spaces (contact us for more information).  All painting must be approved by an 1896 manager prior to your arrival.  If ok’d, the treatment must be pressure washed off before the end of the shoot – preparation and restoration of the walls happens within your rental time.

    You may paint the walls of the ‘flex space’ if they are returned to white at the end of shoot within your rental time.   Occasionally you can pay for our labor to restore these walls to white for you.

  • Can I drive a vehicle onto the stages?

    Yes.  Area 2-4 and the Courtyard are ground level and accessible through roll gates.  We just ask that you protect the floors from oil drips and tire marks.

  • Can we wet the floors?

    Yes. There are spigots in Areas 2-4 and the Courtyard.  Please note that some of our walls may not be wet down so care should be taken when wetting the floors.  Contact us for more information.

  • Power/Equipment Details

  • What is your power situation?

    Each interior stage (Areas 2-4) has a CAMLOK box with 300 amps of power (rated 450 amps) – male and female, three phase.  Each leg is 150 amps max.  Distro boxes are available at an additional daily cost and should be ordered in advance if needed.

    If shooting in multiple interior stages, or if an adjoining stage is unrented during your stay, you are welcome to utilize multiple CAMLOK boxes (giving you more power).

    In addition we have 110 outlets throughout our spaces, and multiple 30 amp lines.

    Please consult if you need 220v power.

    Please inquire if additional power is required.

  • Do you have EQ in house?

    We’d love to help you with your EQ order!

    We suggest Be Electric for your equipment rental needs – and they treat our clients very nicely.  Let us know if you would like us to set up an introduction. The 1896 also has agreements with Root and Eastern Effects, meaning that if you shoot here and want to use Root and Eastern Effects, communication regarding order and rates must occur via the 1896 staff and the rental will occur on The 1896 account. You are welcome to use any other vendor and rent equipment on your own. Deliveries and pick ups of gear must occur within your contracted rental time.

    We have a “neighboring” EQ business Set Lighting that is located within the same building as the 1896. Best for small orders or day of additions, Set Lighting provides our clients with several of the same conveniences as an ‘in-house’ lighting vendor, such as:

    • An EQ house just a few steps away from the 1896.
    • No delivery charges on EQ provided by Set Lighting to the 1896.
    • A team thoroughly familiar with the 1896’s electrical & CAMLOK system.
    • Convenient and, more importantly, quick ‘day-of’ additions to your EQ order.
    • Your order, including any sub-rentals, managed by a gaffer, the owner of Set Lighting, Atsushi Takaoka.
  • Do you have a scissor lift?

    Yes!  We have a 32′ Scissor Lift that is available for rental at the rate of $500+tax for the day or $800+tax for the week.

  • Do you have props to rent?

    We have an extensive prop collection that fits with our unique aesthetic. Please refer to the Primate Props website for specific items and contact us for pricing: www.primateprops.com.  Items are available for in house or out of house rental.  You may order in advance or choose day of from what is in stock and available to rent.

  • What expendables do you have?

    We have limited amounts tables, chairs, clothing racks/hangers, steamers, irons/boards, sandbags etc available to rent. Please include these items in your order when booking a space.  For a general list please click here.  We can also order items for you from Root EQ.

  • Our Recommendations

  • What are the best catering recommendations?

    We have lots of recommended favorites here but here are a few at the top of our list:


    Lemon & Olives

    Better Being


    Red Hook Catering

  • Nearest hardware store?

    Oriental Lumber
    154 Flushing Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11237-1747
    (718) 386-8200

  • Nearest supermarket?

    Hana Natural
    24 Wyckoff Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11237
    (718) 417-7747

    Key Food
    72 Wyckoff Ave
    (between Willoughby Ave & Suydam St)
    Brooklyn, NY 11237
    (718) 417-8010