‘Salem’s Lot’ Filming Takes Ipswich Into the 1970s | New
IPSWICH – Some downtown businesses will be shown on the big screen next year in New Line Cinema’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot”.
Set designers distorted businesses along South Main and Elm streets until the 1970s. For example, Luxa Jewelry, 27 S. Main St., was completely gutted to create an old-fashioned cafe set.
“The crew have been wonderful, genuinely helpful, professional, courteous and overall a pleasant job,” Luxa owner Angela Zaremba said via email. “They’re also shooting inside my old store at 4 Elm Street. It has been transformed into a collection of insurance and real estate offices. ”
Various props on the shelf came from local antique shops in Essex, such as David Neligan Antiques, 38 Main St.
“They took Italian army appliques, some painted shields and tapestries,” owner David Neligan said. “I think they took a lot of random things to make (the set) look like an old world antique store.”
Arthur Bevilacqua of Essex TV and Radio, 40 Main St. in Essex, allowed the film crew to borrow some of their wares for one of the sets.
“They emptied all the things that were there and turned it into a TV store,” he said. “They used a photo tube and two panels – one of them says ‘Motorola Quasar’ on it. There was also some test equipment and a soldering iron that they put on a bench to make it look like someone had just worked there. It is very impressive what they have done.
Monday’s shoot at AnnTiques, 47 S. Main St., took place in a spooky antique store, but it’s unclear if anything from Neligan’s collection was used. AnnTiques owner Anne Orcutt said there was “a lot of blood and 70s clothing” in use that afternoon.
“There are quite a few (actors) here,” Orcutt said. “I would say most of them are here. I don’t know who they’re going to be using right now because they’re shooting at different times.
Produced by New Line Cinema and written and directed by Gary Dauberman, “Salem’s Lot” stars Lewis Pullman, Makenzie Leigh, Bill Camp, Spencer Treat Clark, Alfre Woodard and William Sadler, among others.
The film crew reportedly contacted Orcutt in early summer regarding the use of their store for the film. AnnTiques was open sporadically during the construction of the sets. Orcutt said his store was also used as a camera store and barber shop for various scenes. Business should return to normal once filming is finished at the end of the week. In the meantime, drivers can expect to take a few detours to avoid this stretch of South Main Street.
“(The crew) have supported many local businesses by renting out their spaces, eating at local restaurants and shopping at local businesses,” said Orcutt, who also owns an AnnTiques store at 2 Martin Street in Essex. “They are very responsible and they went out of their way to be considerate of everyone.”
Michael Cronin can be contacted at 978-675-2708 or [email protected]