So this is what it's like to be in Hollywood

News-DemocratApril 22, 2014 

I must admit I've never been to a world movie premiere before but I think Belleville more than held its own downtown Tuesday night.

The movie "Belleville" opened at the Lincoln Theater with a red carpet reception, searchlights and stars arriving in classic cars.

Like I said, I don't know how they do it in Hollywood, except for what I see on television, but we even had television at our premiere here in Belleville.

Because the red carpet part occurred during the daylight the spotlights didn't do much except revolve, but it still was a nice touch. They probably looked impressive later.

During a media preview before the premiere, multiple camera flashes lit up the theater as Mayor Mark Eckert and writer and director Dan Steadman said a few words. Just like in the movies.

Outside, more than 50 of the stars and actors in the movie were introduced on the red carpet where reporters waited with cameras and tape recorders.

A crowd of about 200 people hung nearby listening to the introductions and taking pictures of the stars -- and each other. There were even a few people ensconced in upstairs windows, taking pictures.

The movie featured a lot of local actors and local sites. I spotted some familiar faces in acting roles.

Before the premiere, the actors and actresses lined up at the Wine Tap on East Main Street while waiting to take their rides down to the red carpet.

I had a cheat sheet that was supposed to help me identify everyone in the movie, but I must admit that the only one I really spotted afterwards was the beautiful redheaded woman who played the wife in the film.

In the interest of fairness and balance, I have to say that I was bribed with free popcorn and soda. But even without that it would have been a nice event.

You don't see people dressed in nice clothing and sparkly dresses downtown that much.

Maybe we can do it all again when the same bunch of people produces their Christmas movie.

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