Brown & Poloncarz Officially Welcome del Toro to Buffalo

Famed director shooting Nightmare Alley in various downtown locations

Brendan Keany
February 25, 2020 - 4:13 pm
del Toro Set

Brendan Keany


BUFFALO (WBEN) - Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz officially welcomed award-winning movie director Guillermo del Toro to Buffalo on Tuesday afternoon.

Work has begun on del Toro's latest motion picture, "Nightmare Alley," at City Hall, Niagara Square and various other parts of Buffalo and Western New York. The film stars Bradley Cooper and Rooney Mara.

"As you can all see, work is underway on the set of Nightmare Alley, and we are very pleased that City Hall is providing one of the backdrops for this movie that's being filmed," said Brown.

One of the sets Brown is referring to is the fake snow set up in Niagara Square - kind of ironic for Buffalo this time of year.

"I'm sure when Guillermo was looking at the sets and the ideas a few months ago, he was thinking, 'I can come to Buffalo and find snow on the ground,' well of course, they had to put the fake snow on Niagara Square," said Poloncarz. "But, the one thing they don't have to do is find the hard workers because that's what we have because of the great work that's created with the film industry that is starting in our community, and is continuing to grow."

del Toro Set

Niagara Square

When asked why he chose Buffalo, del Toro said that he has always been fascinated by this city.

"I've been taken by how many times American history is made in this city and how thriving it was in many ways in different periods, and how it's now, for me, a city that is resurging and rediscovering itself, and absolutely amazing from an architectural point of view," said del Toro.

Buffalo City Hall will be open during filming, but the front entrance will be closed between 11am and 11pm, as visitors are asked to use the South Elmwood entrance. 

Residents should be aware of the following street closures on Thursday, February 27, 11am - 11pm, Niagara Square

  • Genesee St. between Niagara Square & Franklin
  • Delaware Ave. between Niagara Square & W. Eagle 
  • Perkins Dr. between Niagara Square & S. Elmwood
  • Niagara St. between Niagara Square & S. Elmwood
  • Delaware Ave. between Niagara Square & W. Mohawk
  • Court St. between Niagara Square & Franklin
  • Niagara St. between Niagara Square & Franklin

Listen to the full press conference below:

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