- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - The Port Arthur City Council is set to vote at its next meeting on a proposal to designate the city as film-friendly in hopes of getting a filmmaker to take on the costly job of demolishing old buildings downtown.

The Beaumont Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1zCtXpx ) reports that the City Council will vote on Mayor Pro Tem Derrick Freeman’s proposal on April 28. The film-friendly designation would include a license to blow up old buildings downtown, including the 1929 Beaux Arts-style Hotel Sabine.

Heather Page, the director of the Texas Film Commission, says once a city earns film-friendly certification, the commission lists all of the city’s “assets.” Her office promotes particular locations that might meet a filmmaker’s needs.

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Information from: The Beaumont Enterprise, http://beaumontenterprise.com

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