- Cornelius Frolik Staff Writer
Hollywood is showing Dayton some love, but that means downtown workers, residents and visitors face minor traffic disruptions as stars of the silver screen shoot a new crime movie.
Scenes from the “Old Man and the Gun,” starring Academy award winners Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, will be filmed Monday and Tuesday at multiple downtown locations.
The movie’s production crew will film at the Liberty Savings Bank building on West Second Street, which will be closed between Ludlow and Wilkinson streets starting at 6:30 a.m. Monday.
Second Street from Main to Ludlow streets also will be shut down from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Film crews will have vehicles, lights and boom lifts parked on Second Street over those two days, according to FilmDayton.
Though road closures create a minor traffic inconvenience, the movie will be a jolt in the arm for the local economy, said FilmDayton, a local nonprofit dedicated to building the region’s filming community.
The film is working with a variety of local businesses and groups, including 1st Financial, Table 33, Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery, the Arts Garage and Key Bank.
“Old Man and the Gun” is directed by David Lowery, whose credits include the 2016 Disney film “Pete’s Dragon,” and the upcoming spine-tingler “A Ghost Story,” also starring Affleck and Rooney Mara.
The film is based on a New Yorker story about Forrest Tucker, a real-life career stickup man who robbed a bank at age 78, according to the magazine.
The crew filmed in Hamilton earlier this week.