Fire, Smoke, Actors Rappelling off the Long Beach Bridge, Gunshots, a Car Collision & James Spader

NBC will be filming “The Blacklist” this Saturday on the ‘Michael Valente’ Long Beach Bridge. James Spader, who recently had a stint on NBC’s The OFFICE will be there. No word on whether or not he is the one repelling of the bridge.

Anyway, Northbound side of the bridge will be closed from 5am to 11pm this Saturday. Southbound will accommodate two-way traffic. Expect to hear and see special effects during filming.

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Filming Brings Revenue to The City of Long Beach

Guest author, Liz Treston,  spoke with Gordon Tepper about filming in Long Beach:

When Anthony posed the question: “Creative Ways the City Could Make some Cash”,  I could not think of anything inventive or out of the box. I did happen to see Royal Pains filming this past Monday and figured the City should be getting some revenue in filming permits like NYC does.

We do! I spoke with Mr. Tepper, Director of Communications at City Hall and Long Beach is becoming a more popular place to film. MTV was here a couple of months ago and there are tentative plans for a commercial shoot during the summer.

Here is a basic breakdown of fees.

  • There’s a non-refundable 75.00 application fee.
  • Still Shoot: $400 less than 4 hours/ $125 each additional hour (per location per day)
  • Movie/TV/Commercial Video or Motion Picture: $600 – 1⁄2 day and $1,500 full day (per location per day)
  • Prep and Strike Fees: ($100-$1000) to be determined based on shoot
  • PARKING: $25 ea. car/van, $75 ea. standard truck/motor home Trailers – to be determined.

Additional requirements including use of City facilities, i.e., fishing pier, ice rink, skate board park, etc. or use of police or other personnel to be determined during application review (Application Link).

In comparison to NYC, we don’t have crews filming everyday, so I don’t think this will solve our fiscal crisis, but it is exciting to see cameras and lights on our beaches. If you watch Royal Pains, it is a cable show on USA about a concierge doctor to the mega wealthy in the Hamptons. Long Beach makes an excellent backdrop for the production company.  The New season of Royal Pains begins in June. Maybe your house or neighbor is in the background!

This is an additional source of revenue for the City. Perhaps one day we will have our own office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting or you may get called to do a walk on role!


A Royal Pain for one Reader (Resident Gripes)

A just received a text from friend of the blog, Adam.

He’s got a bone to pick with Royal Pains.  His message?  Stop screwing up my runs!

What the hell is he talking about?  Well basically, Royal Pains has been filming all over town.  Today, they were spotted filming at both the West End of the boardwalk (around New York Ave) and at the new modern-looking house, ocean front on Indiana Ave (the one with all the glass and the slopped roof).  In the process of filming, they seem to have no interest in the ambient life of Long Beach and instead want to have a closed set.  That’s hard when your set is Long Beach’s “jewel.”

So, long story short, while out on a run today, he was forced to detour off the boardwalk, a tragedy… I know…

Full disclosure, I’ve never heard of the show and know nothing at all about it.  A quick search said its on USA – I actually didn’t know that channel still existed, I thought it transitioned over to a fully Law & Order based network.

The bigger story here is the continued interest that filmmakers have in filming in Long Beach.  Especially after the success of the Quiksiver Pro, it will be interesting to see if there are even more filmers coming down to shoot TV and movie spots.  Again, this is balancing act.  The pros: positive exposure for Long Beach, money for the City (through permits), getting to see a bit of Hollywood come to our City.  Cons: exposure for Long Beach (some don’t want the secret to get out, though I think that ship has sailed), some inconveniences.  My take?  As long as they portray Long Beach honestly – as opposed to this farce of a film, I’m all for it.

Note: Do you have a resident gripe?  If I think its quirky enough and not just “get off my lawn,” maybe I’ll post it, so feel free to email

Does anybody know what’s being filmed at the Long Beach Catholic School?

A reader named Allan writes:

I saw trucks and movie trailers in the parking lot of the catholic school today… I was wondering if you knew what they were filming… A commercial? Or maybe a big name movie? Thanks


Well, I can’t answer that question, but I was hoping one of you could. This was at the Catholic school on New York Avenue and W. Broadway. I did a quick google search and the only thing I found was Royal Pains being filmed in Island Park @ Waterfront Blvd & @ The Long Island Exchange (antique store). Source: On Location Vacations.