A huge movie shoot is going to impact traffic in New Orleans CBD and Lower Garden District. The closures start this weekend.
A news release from the city says it's for "filming of the major motion picture Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
From Saturday, May 11th, through June 24th the following streets will be closed:
-100 and 200 blocks of South Rampart Street
-1000 block of Common Street
-1100 block of Tulane Avenue
The release says, "In addition to the downtown street closures, parking restrictions and street closures will be in place on 500 Orange Street, 500 Market Street, 500 Richard Street and the 1500 to 1600 blocks of South Peters Street through May 24 to accommodate filming in the area."
This is a part of the booming Hollywood South film industry in New Orleans and Louisiana.
"We're proud to welcome Dawn of the Planet of the Apes to New Orleans," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in the release. "The fact that this production is in New Orleans is a testament to the incredible growth of the local film industry into a major economic engine, creating jobs and supporting existing local businesses and new ventures."
Landrieu says that New Orleans hosted 61 tax credit film projects last year. That included TV, films and commercials with budgets over $300,000.
The release says those projects had "direct spending of $669.8 million."
That's an increase from the previous year.
"In 2011, the City hosted 46 tax credit projects with an estimated $544 million in direct spending."