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Booming film industry benefits local bookstore

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Empty bookshelves mean business is good at Old Books on Front Street. Empty bookshelves mean business is good at Old Books on Front Street.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The film industry helps to support to a lot of local businesses. Hotels, restaurants, and car rental companies all benefit from having movies and TV shows filmed in the Port City. But some bookstores, too, are getting a big boost from the industry as well, and not because actors and crew members are doing a lot of reading.

Empty bookshelves mean business is good at Old Books on Front Street.

At a time when a lot of bookstores are struggling to compete with e-books, hardcovers and paperbacks are flying off the shelves.

"We currently have books out to Revolution, Mary and Martha, Safe Haven and We're the Millers, which paid our mortgage this month," said shop owner Gwenyfar Rohler. "And that is incredible for a small business like us."

The productions rent the books by the foot, using them as props or in the background of scenes. It all started with the TV show Matlock.

"They were Matlock's law library," said Rohler. "Mr. Daughtry, who is the former owner, bought them during the sale at the end of the show. We rented them to Dawson's Creek, we rented them to One Tree Hill. Now, they are on Safe Haven."

Now, Rohler rents all sorts of books to the film industry. Some productions ask for specific authors, while others want a certain look.

With thousands of books, Rohler can fill almost any request.

Rohler hopes that movies and TV shows keep coming to town and continue to book props straight from her shelves.

Rohler is especially excited about Revolution, because long-term productions are likely to buy books to keep a consistent look on set.

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