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Lodging

Number of Hotel Rooms in Region:
The Greater Merrimack Valley, located just 27 miles north and west of Boston, offers the unbeatable combination of first-class facilities, lower costs, easy accessibility and over 5,000 guest rooms.

Transportation
Rental Car Agencies:
The Greater Merrimack Valley offers numerous car rental locations. There are also several rental car agencies that operate out of Logan Airport. They are: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, and National.

You can easily rent a car right at the Manchester Airport. Among the agencies operating out of the Airport are: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.

Helipads
There are approximately 140 helipads in Massachusetts. According to the Massachusetts Aeronautical Commission, there are 81 private and 22 hospital helipads across the state, including Lowell General Hospital.

Nearby Airports:
Bedford, MA - Hanscom Airport - www.massport.com/hansc
Boston, MA - Logan International Airport - www.massport.com
Lawrence, MA - Lawrence Municipal Airport www.lawrencemunicipalairport.com
Manchester, NH- Manchester-Boston Regional Airport - www.flymanchester.com

Railways
The Greater Merrimack Valley has access to the following railways:
Lowell Regional Transit Authority - www.lrta.com
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Commuter Line - www.mbta.com
Amtrak - www.amtrak.com

Boats/Ferries:
All major boat and ferry lines in Massachusetts can be easily accessed from the Greater Merrimack Valley through both private and public transportation.

Harbors:
The Greater Merrimack Valley is easily accessible from all major harbors in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Other Information
While some film production use their own catering companies, the Greater Merrimack Valley has a wide variety of catering options available to suit all taste buds and life styles.

Area Storage Facilities:
With all the resources available to you in Lowell, there are multiple areas that could be used for storage and other use.

Truth Productions, LLC, set up their headquarters in the historic Boott Cotton Mills in Downtown Lowell. During filming of This Side of the Truth, Truth Productions used the 13,000 square feet of office space at 116 John Street as the home base of the film's production. The film also used several downtown restaurants and businesses, including the Athenian Corner, that were transformed into storage and debriefing zones for directors and talent.

Empty Buildings (available for use):
The Greater Merrimack Valley has an excess of vacant warehouse space and old mill buildings that can be converted to suit any need. The diverse opportunities of the Greater Merrimack Valley have attracted several films to date, including:

  • This Side of Truth
  • The Four Fathers
  • School Ties
  • Little Women
  • The Edge of Darkness

Lowell and the Greater Merrimack Valley have a number of different locations that were used during the filming of This Side of the Truth, including the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell Five Savings Bank, Cobblestones and La Boniche. Other filming locations included The Dubliner on Market Street, the former St. Joseph Hospital, Grandview Apartments and Princeton Properties. A sound stage was also constructed on Bolt Street in Lowell, MA.

Unique places and things in the Greater Merrimack Valley:
In the Greater Merrimack Valley, no request is too big and no concern is too small; the City of Lowell is passionate about accommodating all your needs both on and off set. The area has the charming All-American feel that according to Linda Obst, producer of This Side of the Truth, the Greater Merrimack Valley and "the whole city (of Lowell) is our back lot."

Tiffany Kinder, location manager for This Side of the Truth, told the Lowell Sun that 40 locations in Lowell were used during filming. Kinder noted that she "could find as many locations as possible. It's a big little city within walking distance. There are restaurants... everything's been great." Kinder also noted that one of the great things about filming in Lowell is its density; "We don't have to drive 20 miles to the next location."

When asked during an interview with the Lowell Sun why he chose Lowell, Massachusetts to film his movie, This Side of the Truth, Ricky Gervais stated that "Well, I wanted the East Coast, for starters, and obviously Massachusetts is giving good tax rebates compared to New York, which saves some money. We looked around at eight different towns and it was definitely Lowell. It looks so good on film."

The Greater Merrimack Valley region offers a variety of world-renowned museums, cultural attractions, rich history and unique venue accommodations that have appeal for all market segments. There is an abundance of restaurants, bars, parks, rivers, major highways and rural roads that can easily be used to become the backdrop of your next film.

The Greater Merrimack Valley comprises 28 suburban and semi-rural communities in Middlesex County, including the major cities of:

Lowell: A former mill town that thrived during the Industrial Revolution, Lowell has undergone an urban renaissance, with many attractions, galleries, museums, parks, recreational activities, sporting events, fairs and festivals, live entertainment, two primary venues for conventions and performances, as well as colleges. Known as a haven for the artisan due to its strong arts community, the city offers a number of attractions, arts, and culture.

Lexington: Lexington is known as the birthplace of American Freedom. The town has preserved a number of iconic landmarks from the Colonial and Revolutionary War eras and promotes the rich heritage and history that the destination is known for. The latest developments in Lexington include two new hotels recently opened by Starwood, including the first-in-the-world Element - a fully Leed Certified hotel - as well as the first full-season for the Liberty Ride's new trolley which takes visitors to the historic sites in Lexington and Concord.

Concord: In addition to sharing the rich military history of Lexington, Concord also serves as the center of 19th century literature, when Emerson, the Alcotts and Thoreau lived in Concord. No study of the emergence of American literature would be complete without a trip to Concord where visitors can walk the path of literary legends, enjoy the parks and recreation, as well as the many fairs and festivals of the region.

A wide variety of additional attractions and points of interest can be found throughout the Greater Merrimack Valley. These include working farms, parks, museums, national parks and outdoor recreation areas that include activities such as skiing, white water rafting, hiking and canal rides.

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