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City may pay to repair elevators in old jail to lure movies

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Augusta’s government may pay to overhaul elevators at a former jail in order to attract movie makers. Film Augusta liaison Jennifer Bowen tells WJBF-TV that as many as eight film productions are interested in shooting in the city’s former Law Enforcement Center this year. But elevators inside the jail need to be inspected or maintained, with six of seven currently out of service. Augusta commissioners who support using the building for movies want to keep two elevators in service. Last year, the commission agreed to not demolish the jail to see if it would attract filmmakers. Commissioners are seeking the cost to put at least one elevator back into service. 

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