Akron embraces filming of "A Quiet Place 2"

"I wish they'd keep the set here"

Mike Baggerman
July 16, 2019 - 3:00 am

Filming for A Quiet Place 2. July 15, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


AKRON, N.Y. (WBEN) - The people who live in the Village of Akron are thrilled with the spotlight cast on them because of the filming for "A Quiet Place 2".

"I wish they'd keep the set here," Hank Weiglein joked. "...As far as I know, everybody seems pretty happy to have this here. It's something special. It's cool."

Complaints about the movie's production have been minimal. Main Street is closed between Buffalo and Church Streets due to the filming and Route 93 has several detour signs. Some shops along Main Street have closed down while the cast and crew film the movie.

"It's been great," the film's producer, Brad Fuller, said. "This is fantastic. Honestly, there's no issues at all."

Fuller said he didn't see anyone trying to watch the filming from afar because of how busy he's been but is appreciative of the interest.

Filming for A Quiet Place 2. July 15, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

"We wanted to create a small-town feeling like a one-road type town," Fuller added. "This is beautiful. It looks great. It is an example of what an American Main Street would look like. So that's why we love it."

Fuller said A Quiet Place 2 is the third Paramount film to produce a movie in Buffalo. The others were the 2015 film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "The First Purge" in 2018.

"(Western New York) is just an easy place to work," Fuller said. "We will continue coming back."

"The town is completely transformed," Akron native Kathy Chubb said. "It has our existing buildings but the outside looks completely different. We have a locksmith now in town."

Rodney Dean said the town looks older and that the change was amazing.

"I think some of the stuff that they actually built in front of the building would be cool if they left it up," Dean said. "It would (allow us) to remember where they filmed the movie and to be able to talk about it later."

Village of Akron Police Chief Rick Lauricella said there have been no problems reported and that the toughest part about the filming from his end is the inconvenience for some of the residents. He said the entire police department has been working on with "all hands on deck".

"We got together with the Paramount people, who have been excellent to work with," Lauricella said about the logistical challenges. "We sat down, figured out exactly what we need to accomplish, and came up with a gameplan. Knock on wood, it's been working great."

He said the only place where you can watch filming from afar is at Russell Park.


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