"San Anselmo Refuses to Close Main Street For Film Shooting"

by Rebecca Rosen Lum, Marin Independent Journal, 22 November 2000

A request to close San Anselmo Avenue for shooting a Hollywood movie was rejected outright by the Town Council.

MGM Pictures, Inc. has been filming the movie "Bandits" in different venues in Northern California. The company has applied to the county for a motion picture permit for two days of filming around the Bay View Bank at 305 San Anselmo Ave.

The Metro Goldwyn Meyer film stars Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett.

The show will go on, but not the street closure.

"There was never any contest," said Town Clerk Debbie Stutzman. "It's been such a very long summer for the merchants."

Shops and eateries on the downtown strip have taken a beating as pile-drivers, cement mixers and grinders roared away at beautification projects.

Planning Director Amy Feagin had recommended approving the request to block off San Anselmo Avenue between Woodland Avenue and Ross Avenue on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21 from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"Oh, my god," said Kim Taylor, who has been working with the merchants to promote business in the area. "The merchants would have died."

And for good reason, she said.

"When they filmed 'Radio Flyer' in Novato, it was a real bummer because there was no place to park — although people did manage to find places so they could watch the filming," Taylor said.

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