Due to the long list of movies being that have recently been made in Shreveport-Bossier and North Louisiana, many well-known film stars have been staying in local accommodation for extended periods of time. Visiting actors and celebrities often choose to stay at the Remington Suite Hotel, due to its attentiveness to detail, its employee discretion (i.e., no gossip) and its convenient downtown location.

The Remington has honored a former guest, Scottish actor Gerard Butler (300, Olympus Has Fallen), by naming a new room “The Gerry Butler Media Room.” The name ‘Gerry’ is the preferred moniker of Butler used by old friends in Hollywood and new friends made in the two films that were shot in the Shreveport-Bossier area, Playing For Keeps and Olympus Has Fallen. The Olympus film grossed $161 million worldwide (including almost $100 million in the USA) and has also spawned a sequel filmed in London titled London Has Fallen, which will be released in March 2016.

“We were really happy that the Gerry Butler Media Room was used recently as a screening room for a short film competing for the Louisiana Film Prize,” said Lark Goodwin, assistant manager of The Remington Suite Hotel.

Butler was very proud that the Remington hotel named the media room after him, and he gushed about it to late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. In the same interview, Gerard Butler said he “loves” the city of Shreveport.

The unique space is versatile, according to the Remington’s Goodwin: “The room is on the fifth floor and seats about 15 people and has also been used for football games and all sorts of interesting things,” she added.

Situated in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, the Remington Suite Hotel is easy to find, yet possesses a more private tucked-away feeling that is absent from most chain hotels.

The structure was built in 1907 and formerly housed a traditional family owned pharmacy. Completely renovated, the boutique hotel offers touches of the past with architectural features such as exposed brick and wood beams, while maintaining a modern sensibility. The lobby, anterooms and halls are tastefully decorated and show warm, eclectic design influences.

Another new feature for the hotel is the completion of a rooftop area that offers space for fitness quests such as yoga and Pilates. Live music can be heard on the roof from an assortment of regional bands during the ‘Remington On The Roof’ fall concert series. With its comfortable chairs and tables, the roof is a popular spot for hotel guests to relax and unwind.


Becozy fell under Gerry’s spell when she watched Phantom of The Opera for the first time in May 2005, while recovering from knee surgery. She was smitten with the Phantom from the moment his face appeared in the mirror, falling in love during the Music of the Night. After searching the internet for information about the actor able to cast such a spell, she discovered Gerard Butler. Her life, and that of her family, hasn’t been the same since. With Gerry as a common bond, becozy has an expanding world of cyber and real friends.  Her family has greeted her new found ‘hobby’ with enthusiasm and her new friends with a warm welcome. Happily, her husband and two (now adult) children share her admiration of Gerry. Her family knows and understands all Gerry references in their correct context. Mention 3AM, camels, or yellow towels, for example and you’ll get a knowing nod! Over ten years later, as much time as possible each day is spent in the care and nurturing of her Addiction. It is a delicate balancing act to fulfill her duties as wife and mom and her duties as a GAL, but one she is determined to master.



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