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Movie filming upsets some Durham business owners

Posted April 20, 2009

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— The filming of the movie "Main Street" on Main Street in downtown Durham is causing a stir among some local business owners.

The street was closed temporarily Monday while crews filmed a scene for the upcoming Hollywood film, but some business owners said they were unaware of the day's production schedule or that the street would be closed.

Durham's Main Street goes Hollywood Some businesses upset over movie's filming

The movie's publicist, David Linck, said local businesses had been informed of the shooting schedule.

Filming for "Main Street," which stars Colin Firth and Patricia Clarkson, began last month and is expected to last until the first week of May.

Scenes are being shot in several locations in and around downtown.

Aaron Syrett, director of the North Carolina Film Office, estimated filming would create about 300 temporary jobs for acting extras and film crew members. That would translate into $6 million to $10 million in local spending.

In the past 30 years, more than 800 films and 15 television series have shot on location in North Carolina. Twenty-four were filmed in Durham, including 1988's "Bull Durham" and 1997's "Kiss the Girls."


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  • superman Apr 21, 2009

    So what if the streets were closed. I am sure a lot of people went downtown to watch the action. Probably more people downtown when the filming was going on than normal. People just like to complaim. I bet business was even better than usual. It would be cool to see your store front in a movie!

  • tibbs29 Apr 21, 2009

    wow! being an extra is so much fun and the experience in watching how things are doing is great... I've been an extra and I found it to be hard work and go experience for those who are interested in going into business...

  • oldfirehorse Apr 20, 2009

    Well let me try again. It takes a very un-smart business person to complain about anything that would bring attention to downtown Durham. It's not exactly a mecca of profits.

  • manofjustice Apr 20, 2009

    Sidekick...I is a star because my voices told me so. Na na ni na na.

  • colliedave Apr 20, 2009

    Why isn't in the movie's budget to compensate store owners for the lost income? And who gives a rat's rear end about seing an actor/actress as if they do anything to add to society

  • whocares Apr 20, 2009

    As much as Durham needs revenue, you would think that shop owners would be grateful that the movie industry wants to film here. Take a pill and chill out.

  • discowhale Apr 20, 2009

    I thought the state had a system of production companies paying a stipend for lost business, if streets were shut down for filming?

    That's what used to happen in Wilmington.

  • JAT Apr 20, 2009

    yeah, we wouldn't want to keep people from downtown Durham or anything. Quit complainig and start publicizing that your business is where a movie was filmed!

  • SingleLensReflex.SLR Apr 20, 2009

    colin firth? I love Colin Firth. Can't wait to see the movie !! cool beans !!

  • hollylama Apr 20, 2009

    They've been sending out emails for the past month informing about when and where certain streets will be closed. Perhaps they should have driven around with bull horns attached to vans.