FOLLANSBEE - Crews working on the movie being shot in Weirton in the last few weeks brought filming to a long-time Follansbee restaurant Tuesday.
Crews with the Paramount Pictures production worked from about 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. preparing for and shooting a scene inside DeStefano's Restaurant on Main Street and ate at Vito's 2 Restaurant across the street.
Mayor Tony Paesano said a quiet scene involving two actors playing a father and son was filmed inside the restaurant, and no extras - background actors without lines - were used.
"It was only a four-minute scene but it took all day," said City Manager John DeStefano, who also was on hand during the filming.
Paesano said he was impressed by the many crew members involved in the shoot, including technicians specializing in lighting and sound.
DeStefano said he and Paesano didn't learn of the production company's interest in the restaurant until late Monday, when staff with the movie asked to see the interiors of DeStefano's and Vito's 2.
A restaurant that would fit the movie's 1970s setting was needed, and DeStefano's, which was built in the late 1970s as DeStefano's Supper Club, filled the bill, Paesano said.
DeStefano said officials with the film made arrangements to use Vito's 2 as the crew's commissary during the shoot, and both restaurants were compensated for the use of their facilities.
Paesano said Follansbee Steel also was paid for the use of its parking lot, and the city will be compensated for a police officer who assisted with traffic control.
Security guards from a St. Clairsville firm hired by the movie company stood outside the restaurant during shooting.
Rumors have circulated that the movie is the next production helmed by Stephen Spielberg and directed by J.J. Abrams, the latter known for co-creating the television series "Alias" and "Lost" and directing the recent reboot of the "Star Trek" film series.
Amanda Brand, unit publicist for the company, wouldn't comment, but she would say the studio wants to keep details of the film under wraps so it can be fully enjoyed by movie audiences.
Brand said area residents have respected that, and it's made the film crews' experience in Weirton and Follansbee a pleasant one.
She said no other scenes are slated to be shot in Follansbee, and filming in Weirton is near its end.
The remainder of the film will be shot in Los Angeles, Brand said.