The mostly made-in-New Orleans movie, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", is opening in theaters across the country this weekend.
Katie Williams, director of Film New Orleans in the mayor's Cultural Economy Office, says the film was shot in various locations around the city in the spring and summer of 2013.
She says an exorbitant amount of money was spent in New Orleans making the film and that translated into an incredible economic impact for the city.
"You're looking at everything from the locally hired crew to people who are creating the sets, the location team, the vendors, costumes," Williams said.
Some of the scenes from the 2-hour, 10-minute movie were shot in the CBD at Rampart Street and Tulane Avenue. A set was built there depicting the human colony or human village in the movie.
Other scenes were shot at a parking lot of the old Six Flags amusement park and at the old Market Street power station on the riverfront.
Times-Picayune movie critic Mike Scott describes the movie as "exciting and laden with emotion and gives it 4 out of 5 stars.