Captain America: Hollywood Takes Over CLE

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Downtown Cleveland was full of gunfire and explosions as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” comes to town.

The Memorial Park area around the Board of Education was blocked of for most of the day.

The first “Captain America” was shot in the UK.

Why would directors choose Cleveland?

Ivan Schwartz, of the Cleveland Film Commission, said it just makes sense.

“We have so much to offer, cooperative city and county governments,” he said. “We have citizens here who have been amazing.”

“To see the guns shooting like that, it looked like it was real,” said Troi Gordon.

He was on his way to work when he stopped by to catch some of the action.

“A guy walked up to me and said ‘what`s going on’,” he said. “I said ‘they`re shooting a movie’. He had no idea!”

Deanna Ward, of North Olmsted, said it’s amazing to see how it works up close.

“I don`t know what scene it is, it was just loud,” she said. “A lot of lights and lots of shooting.”

Onlookers quickly realize how time-consuming and tedious movie-making is.

“I think it`s great,” said Schwartz. “It`s what we`re trying to do. We`re trying to bring that money here with excellent customer service. These guys can shoot anywhere in the world, anywhere, and they`ve chosen Cleveland and it`s up to us to make sure they have a great time.”

After “Draft Day,” which is also still in production, and “Captain America” leave town, Northeast Ohio’s economy will be the real superhero, swelling to an extra $75 million.

Schwartz said hundreds of jobs have been created, and visitors are becoming Cleveland ambassadors.

“They`re going to games, casino, restaurants,” he said. “To all the places we as Clevelanders know and love and enjoy.”

As Cleveland’s economy continues to bounce back, Hollywood’s back lot is not a bad place to be.

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