Movie filming could bring business to Schenectady

April 17, 2013 by  

The long-anticipated screening of ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’ took place in Schenectady last week, with many people staying excited despite the inclement weather.

The screening attracted many from the city, with more waiting outside to see the stars of the movie, which was filmed in and around the town two years ago. Unfortunately, there was no real touch of Hollywood, though Bradley Cooper did make a fleeting appearance to address the audience in the movie theater at the end of the screening.

It really was a fleeting visit too, as the star made his way into the Bow Tie Cinemas Movieland 6 by a side entrance.

Prior to going in, Cooper was pictured along with director Derek Cianfrance by a movie poster. New stationery printing for Ambition coffee house could be on the cards too, as the star said it was one of the places in Schenectady he most remembers.

The filming could also see other local business benefit, with many fans of both the movies and the stars themselves often attracted to shoot locations. Aperativo, located a short walk from the theater could also see a surge in customer, after rumors began that Cooper ate here before heading to the screening. Johnny’s Italian Restaurant, also nearby, was used for an after-screening party.

The movie itself seemed to go down well with the audience too; particularly when local references were heard, while Don Rittner from the Schenectady Film Commission feels there is much in the film in which Schenectady can take pride.