DUMBO transformed for Spielberg Film
Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan and Others Star
Steven Spielberg transformed DUMBO into a Cold War era set over this past weekend for his spy thriller with the working title “St. James Place.”
Signs saying “Fresh Up with 7UP” and “Majors Meats – Salami Is Our Specialty” plastered the fence running under the Manhattan Bridge, while storefronts along Adams, Plymouth, Water and Pearl streets were covered with striped awnings and transformed into haberdasher and butcher shops.
A green Scholz Bros. Beverages truck was packed with 18 varieties of soda and seltzer bottles of the kind that aren’t being made anymore (though you can find them on eBay).
Tourists treated the set as a theme park, and the production crew paid no mind between takes. Visitors posed next to cars from the 50s and 60s; one man pulled out his key and held it next to the lock of a sleek New Yorker as if he was one second away from hopping into the car and driving away. His wife took his photo and the door remained locked.