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Blockbuster film 'Godzilla' brings big bucks to New Westminster
New Westminster is expected to set record revenue marks for filming in 2013 thanks in large part to a big Japanese monster.
A report to city council Aug. 26 said the first six months of 2013 produced $300,000 in filming permit revenue, with the largest chunk, $117,000, coming from the Godzilla film. The movie’s producers were attracted to the city’s Downtown core topography because it could double as San Francisco.
The report also revealed the film company paid out $215,000 in compensation to residents and merchants while all other productions generated an estimated $85,000.
Based on the activity in the first six months of 2013, “the City is projected to achieve record permit revenues and will meet or exceed film permit revenues achieved in 2012,” said the report written by New Westminster manager of business operations Jason Haight.
He also noted the economic benefit the city receives varies from year to year, often depending on whether or not a feature film like Godzilla uses the city.
Godzilla filmed in New Westminster for four days in early June primarily in the evenings and overnight on Begbie and Sixth streets between Carnarvon and Columbia.