Robert Downey Jr. has signed up for two more "Avengers" films.
CLEVELAND - Ohio's tax lures for moviemakers have led to work for thousands of people, and millions of dollars in economic impact.
A study by the Center for Economic Development at Cleveland State University estimates that each dollar of state tax breaks results in $1.20 in economic impact. The tax credits have cost the state some $30 million so far, the study reports.
It credits the film industry with creating more than 9,000 temporary jobs and more than 1,100 full-time jobs since 2009. Other economic impact comes from movie production needs for contractors, real estate, vehicle rentals, hotels, restaurants and other goods and services.
Meanwhile, multiple media accounts report that some state legislators are pushing efforts to sweeten the tax credit. Ohio is among 38 states with film industry tax credits
Among the hits produced in Ohio was last year's "The Ides of March," a political thriller shot in southwest Ohio starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling. The upcoming superhero movie "The Avengers" filmed scenes in Cleveland and Wilmington.
Besides economic impact, there are also the intangible benefits -- Miami University didn't get paid for providing locations for "Ides," but got to show off its attractive campus and was acknowledged in film credits. And people in Oxford and downtown Cincinnati had fun watching Clooney, Gosling and others on set and then the many local scenes that showed up in the movie.
"Greater Cleveland abounds with the buzz from the Hollywood blockbuster movies that have borrowed the city in the last few years," the Cleveland State study states.
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A 'gag reel' from the filming of "The Avengers" movie has been posted online, and it includes at least one scene filmed in Cleveland.
"The Avengers" is taking a page out of Superman's comic book -- flying faster than a speeding bullet to the billion-dollar mark at the box office.
A man from Eastlake was arrested after police said he tried to record "The Avengers" movie in the theater with his cellphone.
A Berea man was the first in line Thursday, a full eight hours before the midnight opening of "The Avengers" at the Regal Cinemas at Crocker Park.
"The Avengers" movie partly shot in Cleveland premieres at midnight. Fans are more than thrilled.
Fans eager to see the super hero team of a lifetime hit the big screen in a matter of hours can turn to one local cinema that's offering a Marvel comics lovers deal leading up to the Thursday midnight showing of "The Avengers."
You better know how to wisecrack if you're going to save the world, Joss Whedon-style.
The superhero saga "The Avengers" lived up to its blockbuster buzz with $178.4 million in overseas ticket sales days before it opens in U.S. theaters.
On the heels of the much-anticipated The Avengers release, Cuyahoga County approved giving a $160,000 grant to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission on Monday.