Guthrie among several cities receiving boost from film productions

Filming a movie can bring an average of $50,000 a day to a city through hotels, restaurants and hardware stores, making it a worthy industry for some municipalities looking to boost sales tax revenue, according to the Oklahoma Municipal League.

The growth in filming business has been a financial boost for Guthrie. “They’re filling up hotels, they’re buying food, they’re going to dinner, for smaller towns that aren’t big municipalities that’s a big deal,” said Justin Fortney, Tourism Director of Guthrie.

One recent production spent $25,000 renting downtown storefronts and another spent $23,000 on lodging, according to Fortney.

When scouting a location for a western film, director James Cotton said Guthrie became a front runner because of the downtown and the cooperation from city officials.

“I was shocked at how accommodating shop owners and civilians were, as well as the incredible help I received from the people at City Hall to make the process pain-free and fun for all involved,” Cotton said in a statement he provided the chamber.

For the complete article by Oklahoma Municipal League click here.


Be the first to comment on "Guthrie among several cities receiving boost from film productions"

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.