Central Virginia Becoming Popular Backdrop in Film, Television

Central Virginia has become a hot spot for movies and TV series.

The Virginia Film Office says revenue from movie and TV series shoots will have a positive impact on local business owners.

Stephen Spielberg’s “Lincoln” was shot entirely in Virginia in 2011. The Virginia film office says the economic impact was about $64 million in Central Virginia.

“It does touch all parts of the economy,” says Andy Edmunds with the Virginia Film Office. “I like to say they are like super tourists with a payroll.”

Since “Lincoln”, there’s been “Ithaca”, directed by Meg Ryan and produced by Tom Hanks. “Point of Honor” wrapped up filming in Petersburg last week and right on its heels is the AMC series “Turn”. Crews started filming in Central Virginia for the second season of “Turn” this week.

“The movie crews are in here quite often,” says Robert Still who works in an antique store in Petersburg. “In fact they were in here yesterday and picked up furniture and some other things,” he says.

Petersburg’s Director of Cultural Affairs Arts and Tourism, Brian Little, told 8news anchor Ava-joye Burnett that meals tax revenue increased by 20-percent from 2012 to 2013. Little says that’s proof more tourists are coming to town.

“Going to a movie and seeing Petersburg on the big screen is a phenomenal thing to experience,” says Little.

“We need to show people that Petersburg is not that town that you need to be afraid of coming down here,” says Vincenza Carpa, who owns a restaurant in Petersburg.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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