Friday, December 3, 2010

Plaza Theatre, (still) ready for its close-up!

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Jonny & Gayle Rej keep the Plaza looking sharp

First came this tweet from @PlazaAtlanta on December 1:

"We'll be closed tomorrow (Thursday 12/2) for a private event. Come see Waste Land and GENIUS WITHIN today as this is the last day for them."

Then this one, a few hours later:

"Recession Special Combo will be available today since we're closed tomorrow."

Then finally, on December 2:
"We just finished a Hollywood film shoot with Ryan Reynolds! Look for the movie theater scene in next year's "The Changeup""

It is so great to see a movie theatre that LOOKS LIKE A MOVIE THEATRE in a film.

When the film comes out, let's hope The Plaza gets a shot at hosting a premiere screening! It is ironic that most people watching the film won't ever have had the opportunity to watch a film, much less set foot, in a classic venue like the Plaza.

Congrats to the Plaza. This kind of exposure has the potential to bring much needed attention to the independent theatre.

Rich Eldridge broke the story on the Atlanta Magazine ATLINTL Web site this morning that the reason for the Plaza's mysterious closure on Tuesday. As the location for a scene in the new Ryan Reynolds comedy The Change Up shooting in Atlanta, the Plaza, CL's 2010 Best of Atlanta Best Movie Theatre honor meets People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

Here's the complete story:

People magazine's 2010 Sexiest Man Alive had the historic Plaza Theatre all to himself Thursday as the buddy comedy "The Change Up" shot scenes at the Midtown movie house.

In an exclusive to ATL Intel, Plaza manager Ben Ruder tells us the non-profit theater closed to the public during the shoot as actor Ryan Reynolds shot a scene watching a film in the main theater with a handful of extras.

Filmmakers made certain that the Plaza's interiors, including its trademark sconces and curtains, were in the shots. The Plaza also supplied the popcorn, candy and soda props for the scene (Reynolds enjoyed a box of Goobers chocolate covered peanuts and a Diet Coke).

The crew also shot a reverse of Reynolds eating candy and laughing at the comedy being shown. "Change Up" director David Dobkin (who also helmed the comedy "Wedding Crashers") will insert footage of the film Reynolds was watching later on. Still, Ruder had some fun in the projection booth Thursday.

Spills Ruder to us: "As a bit of fun for Ryan and the crew, I ran a print of "Teen Wolf Too, starring a 1987 Jason Bateman."

Bateman is Reynolds' real-life pal and "Change Up" co-star. He took over the role in the "Teen Wolf" franchise in the late 1980s post-Michael J. Fox.

"The Change Up" is set to wrap here by the end of the year and will hit theaters in 2011.

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