BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Movie crews were lighting up a long stretch of the Kensington Expressway Friday night, to prepare for filming of an action scene next week.
Route 33 Outbound was expected to be closed from 11pm Friday until 4am Saturday so that crews could test the lighting for a week of shooting starting Monday evening.
“It’s exciting for Buffalo” said Renee McCrayer who has a front porch seat for the action. “They said they got car chases and explosions. Yea, I’m gonna take a seat there and see anything exciting.”
All week long movie lighting has been sprouting up along Humboldt Parkway to actually light up several miles of the canyon portion of the 33 between downtown and the 198.
“They seem to know exactly what they want and when they want it” said Josh Martineau whose forty local employees at Skyworks supplied the boom lifts. “It’s a huge opportunity to be involved with the production and stuff that that. It’s awesome for Buffalo and this provides revenue for our company to move forward.”
Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark says the economic spin off could be over $7 million “There’s over 3,300 room nights that are booked. That’s over 200 people that have traveled here, they’re staying in our hotels, they’re eating in our restaurants.”
7 year old Demario Holman knows all the Turtles and happens to live right across the street from this big movie shoot.”Mikey might jump on the car and try to slow it down.”
The Kensington Expressway will be closed in both directions from downtown to Route 198 , starting at 7PM until 6am every night next week, starting Monday for filming.