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‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Ranks High in Weekend Box Office Report – Good News for Hollywood South

Angela Thomas/KEEL

Two locally-filmed movies are out now, and one of those dominated the weekend box office.

The blockbuster movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” starring Gerard Butler, was shot at several locations throughout Shreveport-Bossier, including the huge White House set constructed near the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City.

Local Film Office Director Arlena Acree says this one was so much fun to keep track of.

“For us doubling for Washington, D.C., is a big deal for us,” Acree says. “Of course as you recall, they actually built the facade of the White House in Bossier City. And that was unbelievable. And it was to scale, by the way, so the actual production did spend a lot of money on construction.”

The other project was an Indie film called “The Pardon.” Acree says it’s the true story of a Shreveport woman who was the last female to be executed in our state.

“This movie was made, I guess back about five or six years ago, and it’s just now getting a release,” she says. “One of the theaters they’re showing this will be the Robinson Film Center.” It’s also being shown at Tinseltown in Shreveport.

So what kind of economic impact do films like these have on “Hollywood South?” Acree says the projects bring a lot of money into Shreveport-Bossier.

Find out about that — and what other projects are coming to town — by listening to my full interview with Arlena Acree:

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