MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Making movies takes big bucks. But producing movies like "Tokarev" is putting money back in your pockets. Local businesses including hotels and restaurants are directly benefiting from production.
"The city of Mobile does not put any money up for a film company to come here. The incentives we offer from the state are what help us bring the film industry into this area," said Eva Golson with the Mobile Film Office.
Those incentives, like rebates on production costs and hiring local workers, are what brought "Tokarev" to the Port City.
Golson said nearly $37 million in revenue was produced from movie and television projects in the state.
"It's national recognition of course, and we love that. But we love all the movies that film there because it is an economic impact on our area," said Golson.
The entire film is being shot in downtown Mobile, which means businesses all around are benefiting directly from the film itself. Owner of the Crescent Theater, Max Morey says he hopes to host Nicolas Cage for the premiere.
"We would like to have the premiere here. And they do that a lot. They have the world premiere in the city the film was shot. So maybe Mobile will get the world premiere," said Morey.
"It's an unusual movie because everything is being filmed in the downtown area. We haven't had that happen before. Of course the hotels downtown are very happy, because this company asked that all their people be housed in the downtown hotels. So that has made some very happy people. Then we have the restaurants and the caterers," said Golson.
General manager of T.P. Crockmier's Mike Manley said his restaurant will be the location of one of the scenes.
"We're still in our first year, and we definitely want a picture on the wall that says: 'We fed Danny Glover and Nicolas Cage' in the upcoming movie, no doubt," said Manley.
Manley said recognition of his business speaks volumes.
"When the celebrities converge down here, so do the locals so we're really looking forward to it," said Manley.
Looking forward to it is just what some are doing in Mobile.
"This is going to follow suit just like Louisiana. The tax incentives have made it much easier. We're excited about the future," said Morey.
Area hotels and restaurants tell FOX10 News they will not be able to gage how much they will make until after the film production is complete.
Filming will continue in Mobile through July.
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