There they gathered on Tuesday at Quinn's Junction.
The cast of a Park City development dispute that was, at different times over the years, a thriller, a drama, a tragedy and a comedy.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the site where developers will build the Park City Film Studios along the S.R. 248 entryway. The event on Tuesday was years in the making, and it was only made possible through one of the most intriguing development battles of recent years.
The landowner dealt with the County Courthouse, City Hall and the Statehouse before an agreement was reached for the project. Even then, local officials saw the movie studio complex as something that was forced upon them by state leaders who wanted the project, and its potential cachet, developed regardless of resistance from those who see it as being haphazardly placed on the entryway.
It was ultimately decided that the land would be annexed into Park City. That meant the project would be built within the city limits and under City Hall rules, instead of in the unincorporated area of Summit County just outside Park City.
The project won the endorsement of the Park City Planning Commission on a split vote and then narrowly was approved by the Park City Council on another split vote. The two votes illustrated the difficulties Park City had with the project.
The process, though not forgotten on Tuesday, gave way to kind words and talk of a bright future for the complex. We look forward to what are certainly great possibilities a movie studio brings to Park City.
If the Park City Film Studios is a successful endeavor, the community will enjoy the benefits hotel rooms filled with shoppers and diners, new jobs and the continuing, and critical, diversification of the local economy. The film industry is an intriguing sector for Park City, one that should boost the economy without the ill effects of, say, manufacturing.
There seem to be possibilities, meanwhile, between the studio complex and the organizers of the Sundance Film Festival, who recently reached a long-term agreement to continue staging the festival in Park City. Some sort of partnership between the festival and the studio complex, which will include screening rooms, seems likely in the future.
We hope, once the project is in full operation, the community will be able to enthusiastically say, 'Hooray for Hollywood.'