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You have your popcorn and Coca-Cola. You’re settled in. The lights go down and on comes the AMC Theatres Pre-Show creative seen by more people than any Super Bowl commercial and produced right here in Kansas City by Intake Studios, just settling into its new, 3,300-square-foot creative space at 1510 Walnut.

“Intake Studios is a creative shop that specializes in motion graphics, 3D animation and live-action video production,” said Craig Johns, Managing Producer. “The whole goal of our work is to help people and organizations tell their story.”

While AMC is likely Intake’s most visible client, the studio has worked across multiple industries since 2004. Moving into the space on Walnut managed by Curry Real Estate Services followed stints on Oak, in the River Market and the West Bottoms.

“The most important driver was that our clients had to feel at home,” said Johns. “We have to compete with places in New York and LA so we must have a place worth visiting and this is.”

The space features a lot of exposed brick, wooden beams, natural light with beautiful views of downtown. Johns said Intake did the tenant finish themselves, building out editing suites and offices.

“When we came across this space, it fit us perfectly,” he added. “While we have employees who still work from home, after we all did that during the pandemic, there is something about being with clients in person, brainstorming with them and finding the happy accidents that only come to you when you look at things together. There is a special synergy that happens in a creative space.”

Johns said working with Curry has been a pleasure. “We’ve been really impressed with Curry,” he said. “We started working with Mike Sweeney, who is just fantastic. He was there for us since day one and working with Dan (Sweeney), it’s the same good experience. Mike recently stopped by and chatted. That seems rare these days.”

Intake Studios is in growth mode. Johns said they expect to fill the space and then some over the five-year lease. “This place definitely feels like home,” he added. “It’s just great to bring everyone back together.”

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