Dayton, you ought to be in pictures.
Thanks to a movie starring a list of A-list celebrities, you will be...again.
“The Old Man and the Gun” joined the list of movies made in or set in the Gem City when filming started in downtown Dayton today, May 1.
The film starring Robert Redford, Danny Glover, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek will continue filming on Tuesday.
Local residents got a close up look at Hollywood magic Monday.
At one point on Monday, Redford and Glover were spotted filming the bank robbery movie on the roof of Talbott Tower, 118 W. First St.
Cars seemingly plucked from the 1970s took over Second Street near Liberty Tower as part of a chase and several other scenes.
The former Liberty Savings Bank sections of Liberty Tower, an art deco high-rise at 120 W. Second St., is being used for the film.
An unused floor of tower is also being used for the boardroom and the DA’s office, said Jenna Kreitzer, who manages the historic tower.
She said it has been great to work with the film crew, and tenants have gotten a kick out of watching the film being made.
The location was scouted with the help of Downtown Dayton Partnership and FilmDayton, she said.
“I think pretty immediately after seeing the space, the producers and director decided they wanted to film here,” she said. “It’s been an absolute blast. We had so much fun.”
Parts of the movie were also filmed in Hamilton.
FilmDayton Director Lisa Grigsby, Dayton’s film commissioner, and others consider this a milestone.
“We have got a great state incentive, and most of the money was going to Cincinnati or Cleveland where they have film commissions,” she said. “Dayton became a film commission a year ago. Now here we are in our first year with our first major film (in) town.”
Keith Klein, the city of Dayton’s film coordinator, said the film has generated excitement in downtown Dayton.
“It's a great opportunity for a job creation and money coming into the city,” he said.
Grigsby said more films in Dayton would translate into more opportunities for Daytonians.
“It is making sure that the people who are going to Wright State to get a film degree have an opportunity to work in the city that they live in,” she said. “It is a huge opportunity both for an economic impact and coolness factor for the city.”