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Movie filming generated $600K for Port Hope

The horror movie IT was filmed, in part, in Port Hope.

The horror movie IT was filmed, in part, in Port Hope.

The new film IT, partially filmed in Port Hope, generated millions of dollars in economic activity in southern Ontario, including Northumberland Count, according to the Motion Picture Association Canada.

Over 60 days of filming, It hired 1,255 cast and crew in Ontario, and spent more than $28.9 million dollars on payroll, vendor expenditures and at local hotels, catering operations, restaurants, lumber and construction suppliers.

Ontario workers were paid $14.1 million for their efforts on the film.

"Production of the Warner Bros.' film It had a positive economic impact on the Municipality of Port Hope, with close to $600,000 infused into our community from facility rentals, permits, location fees, local accommodations, employment and various other production costs," stated Bob Sanderson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope, in a release. "Highlighting our Municipality in a feature film of this magnitude allowed Port Hope to shine as a destination of choice for both the film industry and for those who, through the film, are exposed to the beauty and unique historical flavor of our town."

The movie, adapted from a Stephen King horror novel, is set in the late 1980s and included scenes shot in Port Hope (with filming at Town Hall, Memorial Park, and the Cameco Capitol Arts Centre) as well as at homes in Oshawa, Hamilton and Whitevale, a Milton farm and the Kissing Bridge in Woolwich.

"I'm thrilled to see yet another example of Ontario's film industry thriving and leaving lasting impacts in host communities," said Eleanor McMahon, Ontario's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. "With production taking place across southern Ontario, it is a perfect example of the cultural and economic role major film projects can play by creating jobs, supporting local businesses and promoting Ontario's brand globally."