Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Shooting "Leverage" at the Schnitz, downtown

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Could you be this laid back high above busy SW Broadway in downtown Portland?

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See what I mean by high above Broadway? He's waiting until his next move, ensconced on a crane in front of the building where I've been to see Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain, the Beatles tribute band 1964, and Sting. Here's a bit about the building:
The beautifully restored Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall opened in 1984, and was originally the Portland Public Theatre, built in 1928. The Italian Rococo Revival architecture was said to be the national showcase of Rapp & Rapp, renowned Chicago theatre architects. Visitors are greeted by a 65 foot high “Portland” sign above the Broadway Marquee, which contains approximately 6,000 theatrical lights. You can read more from Wikipedia about the Schnitz at the link in the caption below.

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These two lights are trained on the lobby of the venerable building, what many consider to be the anchor of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The Portland sign has 5 foot tall neon letters.

"Leverage," seen on TNT, has filmed all around downtown for its second and third seasons. All I've ever managed to see are equipment trucks, cast trailers, and lights on cranes. I've never been to Boston, but Portland is standing in for Boston on this series.

4 comments:

Clytie said...

How fun! I've never been to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall but would love to go there ... maybe someday. How fun that you got to see the team working on Leverage!

gogouci said...

It would take a few martinis on an empty stomach but I could definitely sit relaxed that high above the ground.

Jim Klenke said...

Nice looking theater, and I think that guy has a great job relaxing up there.

Jacob said...

The theater is gorgeous and I'm so glad that it's been taken care of and put to good use!

No, I wouldn't get up in that contraption for anything. I don't even like step-stools!