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Logan Unveils Permanent Art Exhibit on Movies Made in Massachusetts
30 Posters Celebrating Massachusetts Movies Land at Logan in Time for 84th Academy Awards
BOSTON – It’s “Lights, Camera, Action!” at Boston Logan International Airport as a new art exhibit celebrating the magic of movie-making in Massachusetts is now showing at an airport terminal near you. Some 30 posters -- with room for more to be added in the future – are hanging in the walkway between Terminal C and Terminal B.
The new exhibit would not have been possible without the help and support of the Massachusetts Film Office which provided the posters to the Massachusetts Port Authority, which owns and operates Boston Logan.
"Public art is an important element in humanizing the airport environment,’’ said David S. Mackey, Interim CEO and Executive Director of Massport. “Airports can be stressful, confusing places and art helps alleviate that. When it entertains and inspires, or provides a sense of place for out-of-towners and residents returning home, it cannot help but leave a lasting positive impression on those who walk through our terminals. We think this exhibit does that in spectacular fashion.’’
“The movie poster exhibit is a great opportunity to show visitors the history and importance of film to the Commonwealth,” said Lisa Strout, Director of the Massachusetts Film Office. “We are very proud of the creative and innovative workforce here in Massachusetts that helps make these movies a reality.”
The exhibit is representative of many of the major Hollywood studio films shot in Massachusetts over the last 45 years. It is hung chronologically by year with a poster from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” which was shot in Northampton and released in 1966, starting the exhibit closest to the Terminal C ticketing hall. The posters extend towards Terminal B, stopping at “The Town”, which was shot in Boston, Cambridge, Melrose and Somerville and released in 2010. Plaques next to each poster contain the year of the film’s release and many of the Massachusetts locations used in the film.
Massport will continue to add to the exhibit as new films shot in the Bay State are released.
Massachusetts offers filmmakers tax credits, a growing number of some 3,500 local film professionals, a wide range of backdrops from the old brick of Beacon Hill to the beaches of Cape Cod and the Islands. The movie industry pumped $220 million into the local economy in 2011. In 2011, Moviemaker magazine called Boston the top city in the US in which to film.
Boston Logan, 15 minutes from the intersection of Route 128 and I-90 and five minutes from downtown Boston, serves as the gateway to the New England region and offers nonstop service to 72 domestic and 31 international destinations and in 2011 handled 28.9 million passengers. Boston Logan is the Air Line Pilot Association’s Airport of the Year for 2008 because of its commitment to safety. Over the past decade, the airport spent $4.5 billion on a modernization program that includes new terminals, public transportation access, parking facilities, roadways and airport concessions, and has been transformed into a world-class 21st Century facility. The airport generates $7 billion in total economic impact each year.
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The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a financially self-sustaining public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $8 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. No state tax dollars are used to fund operations or capital improvements at Massport facilities.