New Hampshire Movie Theaters Vital To Local Industry

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In the silent era of film it was just as likely to find films being produced in New England as in New York or Hollywood. Early examples, taking advantage of the rich local history, include Benedict Arnold (1909), Ralph Once’s Battle of Bunker Hill (1911) and Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (1914). The benefits at the time were the varied landscape, the cooler climate and—this would change—easy access to local or regional film distributors. Thomas Edison’s film company was one who opted to schedule film shoots there during the summer. This trend continues to this day, with films as recent as David Mamet’s State and Main (2000).