'Ithaca' transforms Old Towne Petersburg
By Blake Belden, staff writer
Aug 8, 2014, 10:59
BLAKE BELDEN/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Movie crews and lots of equipment could be seen in Old Towne Petersburg on Tuesday afternoon.
PETERSBURG — A Petersburg pub and restaurant was closed for business on Tuesday to allow for the shooting of a new movie directed by famous actress Meg Ryan.
Several streets were blocked off in Old Towne surrounding The Brickhouse Run, located at 407 Cockade Alley, because the tavern site was being used to film “Ithaca.”
The film, executive produced by Tom Hanks, is Ryan’s directorial debut, where she will star alongside Sam Shepard, Alex Neustaedter and her son, Jack Quaid.
Based on a book written by William Saroyan, “Ithaca” is set in the San Joaquin Valley in California during World War II where 14-year-old Homer Macauley is left to take care of his family when his older brother goes to war, and “is determined to be the best and fastest bicycle telegraph messenger anyone has ever seen,” according to the Internet Movie Database.
The entrance to The Brickhouse Run was blocked to the public’s view with a large black canvas, and members of the film crew could be seen moving gear such as cameras, stands or chairs in and out of the building.
On Tuesday, several people stood on the side of the street hoping to get a chance to see Ryan or get a picture with her. Actors could be seen walking down the street in military uniforms.
The Brickhouse Run was scheduled to be open again to the public by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.