Calif. Repeats As Top U.S. Production Site

With an estimated $2.5 billion in theatrical motion picture production in the state during 1990, California for the sixth year running led the nation in feature film starts. The state widened its top market share to a record 62% of all feature filming in the country.

The latest roundup by the California Film Commission shows that nationwide there were 14 fewer feature starts in 1990 than the 315 starts logged across the country in 1989.

Avoids national downturn

Going against the slight downward curve nationally, California went from 182 features shot all or in part in the state in 1989 to 187 in 1990. Of those 187,137 were filmed entirely in the state. That was a decline from 143 theatrical motion pictures lensed entirely in the state in 1989, but an increase over the 39 shot only in part in California during 1989.

New York again was runnerup with 58 feature starts. New York topped all other states by at least three to one.

Other states that logged at least five feature starts in 1990 were Florida, with 11; Illinois, nine; North Carolina and Texas, seven each; Nevada and Pennsylvania, six apiece; and Arizona, Ohio and Virginia, with five each.

Major-studio share of California filming was 20% to 25% in 1990, down from the estimated 30% in 1989, said CFC associate director Michael Walbrecht, who conducts the annual polling.

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