PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Wednesday night was the Pittsburgh premiere of a movie that was shot here.
Technically, it was a “crew screening” of “Love the Coopers,” for the hundreds of local crew members who played a role in making the film.
It stars John Goodman, Diane Keaton and Olivia Wilde, but it also stars Pittsburgh, with plenty of local spots shown on the big screen.
The screening was held at the AMC Loews Theater at the Waterfront.
The Diamond in Ligonier, Pittsburgh International Airport, Boyce Park, the Galleria in Mount Lebanon, Pamela’s P&G Diner in Millvale, TGI Fridays at CONSOL and the Gateway Center T-station were all filming sites.
“I loved working in Pittsburgh,” said Jessie Nelson, the film’s director. “I loved it. I loved the people. I thought the city was beautiful. I thought they were so welcoming.”
A local group called the Holiday Harmonies are in the movie, caroling at the Shop ‘N Save in North Huntingdon.
“We loved it because we got to carol to John Goodman and Diane Keaton for 12 hours, and who gets to do that?” asked Courtney Czarniak.
The movie filmed at Butler Memorial Hospital for 10 days. But Butler Health System President Ken DeFurio says he tried to lay low and stay out of their way.
Highfield: “So you didn’t get to shake Diane Keaton’s hand?”
DeFurio: “I met Marisa Tomei. She was hanging out, texting one evening. It was just her and I in the hallway, so it’s hard not to say hello.”
Dawn Keezer, from the Pittsburgh Film Office, says this movie is the 137th movie or TV project filmed in our area since 1995.
“Love the Coopers” opens Nov. 13.