AMBRIDGE (KDKA) — Pittsburgh is once again on the big screen.
Some of the city’s neighborhoods and surrounding area along with some of its people are featured in the new movie “One for the Money.”
The film is out today and to celebrate, the town of Ambridge in Beaver County – where much of the movie was filmed – hosted a VIP red carpet premiere.
It was one big night in Ambridge. Opening night, bright lights, the red carpet – all for “One for the Money.”
“This whole area needs a lift and I think all these movies that are being filmed around Pittsburgh right now are fantastic,” said Melissa Christi, of New Brighton.
“One for the Money,” starring Katherine Heigl and Debbie Reynolds, was shot in Ambridge during the summer of 2010.
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On Friday night, they have turned the opening into a fundraiser to help repair the aging Ambridge Family Theater in the old mill town.
“Vandals broke up onto the roof of our theater and ripped off our rubber roof,” Glenda Cockrum, the owner of the theater, said. “We think they were looking for copper.”
In the movie, Heigl stars as an attractive bounty hunter who always gets her man. Several local actors are in the it as well.
Officials say 2,000 people tried to buy tickets for the premiere, but they could only accommodate 140 Friday night, and another 140 Saturday night.
“The community is excited as could be, and the Chamber had so many phone calls, we didn’t know what to do with them,” said Jeremy Angus, of the Ambridge Chamber of Commerce. “I mean, it was unbelievable.”
Parts of the movie were shot in Ambridge, Pittsburgh’s North Side, as well as at the old hospital in Braddock.