SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Schenectady, New York will be in the spotlight Thursday night, as 'The Place Beyond the Pines' staring A-list Hollywood actors premieres.
'The Place Beyond the Pines' was shot in Schenectady during the summer of 2011 and will finally premiere at the Bow Tie Cinemas Movieland on State Street in Schenectady on Thursday night. Unfortunately, it is an 'invite only' event. The film opens to the public Friday.
The 2 1/2 hour movie stars Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes is about a motorcycle stuntman (Gosling) who has a son living in Schenectady and attempts to insert himself in his son's life.
The NEWS CENTER has learned Cooper is hoping to be able to make it to the premiere, if he can get away from his production set in Boston to make it on time, though it looks promising. Gosling will likely be driving up from New York City and Mendes will be there only if he is, as they are a couple.
The actors playing some of the other leading roles and the directors will all be at the premiere, which is scheduled for 10:10 p.m.
An 'after party' will be held at Johnny's Restaurant across the street from Proctor's around 1 a.m.
The film was shot on location in Schenectady at, among other locales, the Schenectady Police Department, Schenectady City Hall, First National Bank of Scotia, Trustco Bank, Ellis Hospital, the Route 7 Diner, Schenectady High School, and the Altamont Fair.
"Bringing 'The Place Beyond the Pines' back to Schenectady to show it to the town that truly helped make it is both humbling and exciting," said the film's director Derek Cianfrance. "Schenectady is an amazing and inspiring community, and everyone on the production – especially those of us with family in the town – is so grateful that we had the opportunity to shoot there."
The film premiered in New York City and Los Angeles in late March and is currently 13th on the list of top 20 box office hits.
You can find out more about the movie at http://www.bowtiecinemas.com/movies/the-place-beyond-the-pines-2/