0

Movie shoot gets McDonough merchants’ good reviews

Photo by Jason A. Smith
Eric Smothers (from left) and Doug Zitz prepared to serve food to customers at Pasta Max Cafe in McDonough Wednesday. Zitz, owner of the restaurant, said business has been positive with Tyler Perry Studios shooting a movie in the city.

Photo by Jason A. Smith Eric Smothers (from left) and Doug Zitz prepared to serve food to customers at Pasta Max Cafe in McDonough Wednesday. Zitz, owner of the restaurant, said business has been positive with Tyler Perry Studios shooting a movie in the city.

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

McDONOUGH — Doug Zitz, owner of Pasta Max Cafe at 50 Griffin St. in McDonough, said filmmaker Tyler Perry’s latest movie has been good for businesses downtown.

“I can’t complain,” he said. “It adds some excitement to the area.”

Tyler Perry Studios is filming scenes this month for a Christmas movie due out later this year. Drivers traveling on Griffin Street near the Square were seen contending with production trucks, trailers and vans while navigating their way through the downtown area Tuesday.

Still, Zitz said, the filming hasn’t hurt his business — and may have actually helped it.

“There were a lot of people around,” said Zitz. “Some of them were extras and there were spectators.”

Crews were filming scenes for the movie in Butts County Wednesday, said McDonough spokeswoman Casey Case.

Stacy Cronan, sales representative at F&F Flooring at 45 Griffin St., first learned about the movie in November, when a film producer visited the store. She said the filming has been positive for businesses in McDonough.

“It allowed traffic to slow up in front of the businesses,” said Cronan. “As they’re waiting, they’re able to pay closer attention to what’s going on.”

Cathy Lacey is the interim manager of the Main Street McDonough Program. She said some customers have had problems getting around downtown due to film production.

However, she said that isn’t the only concerns residents are voicing.

“I do have a lot of people saying, ‘When are you going to take down your Christmas decorations?’ ” said Lacey.

Holiday decorations have remained up, Lacey said, because the crews are scheduled to continue filming Christmas scenes next week on the Square.

“Some of it has to do with the weather as to whether they can film or not,” said Lacey.