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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Pittsburgh's Economy Benefits from Batman's "The Dark Knight Rises"

August 3, 2011
Posted By - Emma Venezie
Source Credits - Mail Online

The new Batman movie - The Dark Knight Rises - has begun filming in Pittsburgh and, along with recognition, the film is bringing economic benefits to the city. In a recent Mail Online article - all the way from the UK - the amount of new jobs and tourism prospects are considered in light of the blockbuster choosing filming Pittsburgh to film. Hundreds of new jobs are now available, as Mayor Luke Ravenstahl told CBS Pittsburgh: "We talk about job creation, this will create hundreds if not thousands of local jobs. It's going to be great for the economy and the exposure that Pittsburgh's going to receive will be significant."

Christian Bale and Tom Hardy filming in Pittsburgh. Source: dailymail.co.uk.
Most of the cast and crew are said to be staying at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, which serves as another economic opportunity. As Barbara McMahon from the Renaissance Hotel points out, "because crew members are booked into the hotel for the next few weeks it's meant we've been able to employ four full-time housekeepers for the rest of the summer," which means they will be "eligible for insurance and will be spending money in the community."

Renaissance Hotel. Source: dailymail.co.uk.
Filming in Pittsburgh. Source: dailymail.co.uk.
Local businesses are also making money because of the film, and even after The Dark Knight Rises has wrapped, it's said that tourists are likely to be eager to visit the locations seen on the big screen.

For the full story, check out The Batman boom: How Hollywood blockbuster is creating hundreds of jobs in Pittsburgh on the Mail Online.

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