Old Town Monrovia readies for Disney filming

Old Town Monrovia readies for Disney filming

Gilliam Jacobs is among the stars of Magic Camp, which will be filming in Monrovia on Jan. 16-17

In a sign that movie production is returning to the San Gabriel Valley, city officials announced that Disney will film scenes for “Magic Camp,” an upcoming feature, on the streets of Old Town Monrovia. Jeffrey Tambor stars.

The Disney movie about a group of middle school kids who want to be magicians will be shot in Monrovia on Jan. 16-17, city officials said. Scenes will be shot in Old Town from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, City Manager Oliver Chi wrote in his weekly newsletter.

“Magic Camp” will be Mark Waters’ first film for Disney since directing “Freaky Friday” in 2003. The plot involves a banker who returns to his summer camp in hopes of winning the prize that eluded him when he was younger.  Gillian Jacobs, Adam Devine and Tambor are among the cast members.

“This is a large production effort, as illustrated by the fact that the movie producers are looking to secure 225 parking spaces for the filming crew and extras,” Chi noted. “The filming will certainly highlight Old Town, however, it has been quite some time since we have had a production of this size in Monrovia, and staff is doing all that we can to coordinate the filming activity in a way that will minimize impacts in the community.”

There will be some street closures as a result of the filming.

The 500 block of Myrtle Avenue between Lemon Avenue and Colorado Boulevard will be closed on Jan. 16; As part of the filming that day, the movie producers will be shooting a scene around the breezeway at Café Mundial. As part of their filming activity, the producers will be creating a sidewalk café scene by the Box Jewelers Clock where the kids will be performing magic tricks. After filming that scene, the activity will move up the street and additional shots will be taken at Bottega Bakery.

The filming will involve temporarily moving the benches at Café Mundial and covering the face of the Box Jewelers Clock so that the movie producers can adjust the time shown in editing. Furthermore, the production crew will have equipment stored in the Café Mundial breezeway, which will be closed to pedestrian traffic during the day.

No street closures are planned for Jan. 17, but, there will be traffic control efforts located on Myrtle Avenue in Old Town throughout the day.

Chi said additional details will be available later this week.

“It is exciting that Walt Disney Studios has selected Old Town Monrovia as the backdrop for a portion of the movie,” Chi said. “while we will do everything we can here at the City to minimize inconveniences that may occur, the filming activity will most certainly cause disruptions in Old Town. We will continue to coordinate details with the filming producers as we move towards the actual filming date, and we will most certainly share any and all information that we can as this project progresses.”