08/24/2011 11:28 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Northeast Ohio has been seeing a lot of action lately – filming action, that is. The cast and crew of Paramount’s The Avengers and Summit Entertainment’s I, Alex Cross have taken up residence in Cleveland, Ohio this month, bringing with them an influx of new business, sightseers, and excitement to the area.
Local television news channels WKYC-TV Channel 3 News and WEWS-TV NewsChannel5 recently aired segments highlighting local reactions to the two productions. Overall, the films have received a warm reception from residents, and with good reason.
The productions have brought 300 cast and crew jobs to the city and sent out casting calls for over 3,000 extras. Local restaurants, bars, hotels and stores are also experiencing a boost in business from the cast and crew members and eager sightseers seeking a glimpse of the Hollywood action.
Bystanders and business owners alike agree that the film tax credits given by the State of Ohio to attract these two productions are evidently great investments. Locals are enjoying the lively and action-packed downtown areas and business owners are benefiting from increased revenues.
“The film crews have been in almost every night,” Kaitlin Cassidy, Manager of Harry Buffalo Restaurant, told WKCY-TV. “The movie itself has drawn people that want to come look and see what’s going on downtown.”
A total of seven major productions are set to film in Northeast Ohio this year, granting local residents plenty of opportunities to experience Hollywood close to home. The Greater Cleveland Commission says local filming will contribute an additional $90 million to Northeast Ohio’s economy this year alone. Now that’s buzz worthy.