The Stanley Theater in Utica has been approved as a Qualified Film Production Facility in New York State.

State and local officials, including Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, Senator Joseph Griffo, Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, were on hand for the announcement Thursday on the stage of the Stanley.

The designation means that filmmakers and television show producers using the theater can apply for the Empire State Film Production Tax Credit Program.

The program provides $420 million a year that are designed to encourage companies to produce movie and television programs in New York State.

The Stanley joins only a handful of Qualified Production Facilities (QPF’s) in all of upstate New York, including two in the Mohawk Valley—Mohawk Valley Community College’s Jorgensen Athletic and Events Center, and the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.