Last night, I went to fascinating presentations at the Superior Schoolhouse celebrating Preservation Month. The Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission, FutureHeights and the Cleveland Heights Historical Society sponsored the talks by Korbi Roberts and Mark Souther on Cleveland Heights’ most recent Historic District to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Grant Deming’s Forest Hill Allotment.
On the way home in the dark, I saw bright lights on Stratford Road between Fairfax and Monmouth Roads and so drove by the most amazing Halloween decorations I’ve ever seen on a half dozen or so of the elegant homes on both sides of the street. Good thing I looked last night, because tonight the police were keeping all of us who came to gawk from entering onto Stratford.
What’s going on? Five films are being made in Cleveland this summer, and Cleveland Heights seems to be favored. Later this summer, another film will be shot on Coventry Road. The people scouting Coventry Road stopped by Tommy’s for a meal. The Greater Cleveland Film Commission wants us to have 2,500 steady movie-related jobs in five years. We’ll have a new – for us – industry here. It’s something we – as a nation – are good at. America is a leader in the global entertainment industry. I want the local film activity to engage and inspire Cleveland Heights authors, actors – our creative class.
It’s all thanks to tax credits. Our state passed the Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit in 2009. Now we’re becoming a filming hot spot. Use this link for a Plain Dealer article that will tell you all about it: http://www.cleveland.com/moviebuff/index.ssf/2011/06/tyler_perry_headed_to_clevelan.html