Did you know that some of Hollywood’s biggest names were hanging out in Atascadero making a movie in the late ’80’s? Steve Martin, Rick Moranis, screenwriter Nora Ephron, and director Herbert Ross were all in SLO County because the producers at Warner Brothers decided that Atascadero and San Luis Obispo were the perfect locations for this 1990 comedy. Loosely based on the life of Henry Hill after he was put in a witness protection program, the notorious Mr. Hill was also the topic of the movie Goodfella’s. To give you an idea of how serious this version is, in Sweden it was titled: How I Taught an FBI-agent to Dance the Marengo.
Atascadero/San Luis Obispo stood in for “the middle of nowhere” as stated in the opening scenes of the movie and many local people were involved as extras, prop and set suppliers…and a few even had bit parts.
Don’t miss MY BLUE HEAVEN on the big screen at Atascadero’s Galaxy Theatres on Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00pm, as the SLO International Film Festival continues its SLO County on the Silver Screen series, proudly screening Hollywood movies in the same town they were filmed in. Former SLO County VCB Director Jonni Biagnini will help host, with some behind-the-scenes stories about the filming. Audience members will be encouraged to share their stories after the movie. Pre-show drinks and snacks are available in the VIP Lounge (21+) and can be enjoyed in the theatre during the movie too!
And coming up next is ARACHNOPHOBIA on October 30th in Cambria at 7pm! Come early, have dinner and stroll through town to see the amazing scarecrows on exhibit throughout October.
Tickets for all SLO County on the Silver Screen movies are available now for $10/$8. And tickets for FOOD PATRIOTS at the Palm Theatre on Oct. 16th are also available now.
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And if you loved FOLLOWING THE NINTH: In The Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony that screened in SLO in July, or missed it and still want to see it – you can now purchase a DVD. There are two ways to purchase: you can go to the “Support The Film” button at followingtheninth.com and pay using PayPal, or you can send a check to: Kerry Candaele, 954 Indiana Ave. Venice, CA 90291. It is $23 for the DVD and shipping.