Fake Ybor City Rising in Georgia for Affleck’s Prohibition-Era Film

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

With its well-preserved history as an immigrant community, cigar rolling capital of the world, and Mafia hotbed, Ybor City seems ripe for Hollywood.

Ben Affleck agreed, and bought the film rights to “Live by Night” — a novel by former Tampa area writer Dennis Lehane set in Ybor City during the 1920s and 1930s about a petty Boston thief’s rise to successful Gulf Coast rum runner.

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