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Complete with a mansion, one of Georgia’s first minority-owned production studios debuts in Decatur

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East of Atlanta, Aztec Warrior Studios is the state’s second Latino-owned TV, film, and music facility, leaders say

An old religious building with tall white columns has become the centerpiece for a new production studio.
The new studio’s star attraction.
Aztec Warrior Studios

One of Georgia’s first Latino-owned production studios has opened its doors in Decatur.

Just beyond the point where Interstate 285 meets Covington Highway, Aztec Warrior Studios—also one of the state’s first minority-owned production studios, following Tyler Perry’s and the first Latino-owned facility, Areu Bros. Studios—now offers facilities for making movies, TV, music, and more, following a ribbon-cutting last week.

Founded by a collective of commercial real estate investors and entertainment industry professionals, the studio features more than 20,000 square feet of production space of all sorts.

What officials are calling the “biggest attraction” is the eye-catching mansion at the front of the property.

A view from the driveway, which runs around a fountain with a statue on top. Google Maps

It’s also “the perfect backdrop for your next event,” says a press release from the studio.

A roundabout driveway brings people into the Agape Way address, and—in typical mansion fashion—visitors are greeted with an ornate water fountain with a statue.

A huge foyer with two staircases in a mansion.
The grand mansion entrance.
Remaining images: Aztec Warrior Studios/Vimeo

Inside, “the mansion is jaw-dropping with grand chandeliers, white marble floors, elegant crown molding, and a massive winding staircase with a baby Grand Piano on the top landing,” per the release.

Built in 1993, the mansion appears to have once served as a religious building. It shares the street with the Assembly of God Tabernacle and Great Faith Ministries Atlanta.

DeKalb County property records indicate the property is worth about $1.65 million.

A huge white room with a chandelier above.
A gilded interior set.

Beyond the antebellum-style scenes are offices, post-production facilities, and a sizable soundstage with an elevated viewing gallery.

“It has a wing dedicated to audio production that is perfect for music producers,” officials noted. Behind the venue stands “a broadcasting tower so that TV shows can broadcast from the facility live or prerecorded.”

A large soundstage with brick wall and rigging overhead.
A soundstage with 27-foot ceilings designed “for whisper-quiet sound.” In the background is a 33-person viewing gallery, used for fashion shows and other events.

This story has been updated to indicate that the state's first Latino-run studio was actually Areu Bros. Studios.