…….The disruption of Cobourg’s mainstreet for many hours in order to shoot an opening scene to a movie that we bet will fizzle, there can’t be that many Adam Sandler fans out there, or are there? But leaving aside the way that the traffic behaved, in total ignorance of the shoot, what was the economic impact to the Town?
We at the BR wonder if there is going to be any followup to this event? Will the Town’s tourism department be calculating the local impact of hosting a movie shoot for one or two days and a couple of half days for the prep’? We do not know just how much the Town realised for its coffers in exchange for disrupting cross town traffic for many hours but we bet it will not be offset by the annoyance of many who just wanted to drive through Town to do their business.
We have been sold a bill of goods on this one and what prompted this post was the sight of placards indicating the site of the “”Arcaders” food truck” Surely the obvious recipients of this event should have been the many restaurants and bars downtown, but if the ‘roadies’ eat off their own food truck, just how much did the locals benefit? The pic on the left was published by the local newspaper, with the caption “Food was everywhere” and illustrates the point very well – how much of this food was local? We do not know but would like to find out. So we at the BR are calling for a proper costing of the event. On one hand you take the ‘hosting fee’ paid to whomever, and on the other determine if local business did benefit. So get to it – Tourist Department – and tell us what you have found so that the next time somebody decides to make a movie in Cobourg we will really know how much we have to gain or lose.
After all if Victoria Park and the Main St. are going to be the opening clip who will know that after Hollywood has had its way with us.