By Jason A. Smith
McDONOUGH — Hollywood is coming to downtown McDonough this month to film scenes for a movie.
Christmas scenes for a Tyler Perry movie will be filmed on the Square in January. The movie is set to be released in December.
Downtown McDonough merchants will meet at Chevy’s Diner and Pub Jan. 8 at 8:30 a.m. to review a timeline of events in conjunction with the film. Work will be done Jan. 8-10 to change the exterior of the McDonough Welcome Center as part of the project.
City leaders said traffic on Jonesboro Street will be affected during this time and police will assist with detours in the area.
Filming will begin Jan. 16 at the Welcome Center, Party Time and the annex building behind the Bliss cupcake shop. Macon and Griffin streets will be closed most of that day.
Streets on and around the Square will be closed about noon Jan. 23-24. Filming will begin in the afternoon on both days and extend into the evening.
Signs will be placed on parking meters on the Square instructing customers to move their cars by noon to allow for the loading of film equipment, said Main Street McDonough Program interim Manager Cathy Lacey in a recent letter to local business owners.
“Although parking will be affected during filming, merchants do not need to close their businesses,” said Lacey. “The town square Christmas decorations will remain up through filming. Merchants are encouraged to leave their decorations up also.”
Lacey said McDonough merchants should tell their customers about the filming and ask them to use the parking deck during the project because of street closures.
“The merchant association will draft one common message for merchants to send to their customers,” she said. “A $2,000 donation will be made to the merchant association fund as a means to compensate the town for the disruption.”