More than 40 years after the release of the venerable horror flick about a girl possessed by a demon, "The Exorcist," an iconic Washington, D.C., staircase from the movie is getting official recognition.

In Georgetown, hundreds of city residents and officials gathered Friday at the bottom of the staircase for a ceremony where the District of Columbia officially recognized the "Exorcist Steps" as something locals and movie buffs have already known it to be: a tourist attraction.

"It is important that all the tourists know what exactly what these steps mean to D.C. history," said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, adding "they are indeed an icon in our town."

With the unveiling of a plaque that reads "The Exorcist Steps," Bowser touted the city as an up-and-coming "film town," which she said would create "good-paying middle class jobs."

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