Holiday movie being filmed in Nevada City
Nevada City will soon be the venue of a Christmas movie.
Come Feb.15, the crew of “The Christmas Card,” a two-hour movie that will be shown on Hallmark Channel as the Christmas movie of the week, will be filmed in town. And though the exact locations and cast have not yet been finalized, the filming crew has already booked nearly half of the Northern Queen Inn for a 24-day shoot.
“We’ve had many movie people in the past, but it’s been a long time for movies to be back in town. They’ve done commercials in the area, but for movie people, it’s been a while,” said Robyn Adams, co-owner of the Northern Queen Inn.
The arrival of the crew, for some, means better business and publicity for Nevada City.
“First of all, they’re going to bring 40 people with them … and since they will stay here for 24 days, that’s definitely going to increase the economy of the town,” said Cathy Whittlesey, executive director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. “Besides the crew being here, that movie will be shown at Christmas time on Hallmark Channel and at the end of the movie there will be credits to Nevada City, and it’s a nice family-oriented Christmas movie that will be played year after year.”
The story of the movie, according to Lincoln Lageson, one of the co-producers, is about a U.S. serviceman who receives an anonymous Christmas card with the picture of a beautiful house and town, and ventures out to find the place and falls in love with the sender, the house and the town.
“We knew of Nevada City, the quaint look,” Lageson said. “And once we came up to take a look, we knew we had found our town. Both of my parents grew up in Nevada City.”
“Anytime you can bring in folks from out of the area into town, it is not just good for our business, but it’s good for the community,” Adams said. “It gets them acquainted to the community, so that they may return in holidays and bring their families.”
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