Highland Park bar gets a Hollywood close-up

The new film “The Lincoln Lawyer” starring Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Phillipe takes advantage of Eastside scenery and some neighborhood venues, including The York, a Highland Park bar and restaurant. The film screw spent about two days last August in the York Boulevard gastropub to rig up lighting and shoot the scene shown above, said co-owner Ryan Ballinger. Not only did the production company ask to shoot scenes at the bar, they also asked to use The York’s name in the movie, Ballinger said:

Brad Furman, the director, believed very strongly in using Los Angeles locations that he liked in particular.  He was really easy to work with.  He had asked, ‘Do you mind if we call it The York in the movie?’ and of course I didn’t have a problem with that at all, especially because it wasn’t where Ryan Phillipe’s character was going to pick up hookers …  I admit, it was awesome to see the sign for The York in an establishing shot.

Ballinger is not sure if his bar’s debut on the big screen will draw in more customers but the exposure can’t hurt. The only regret Ballinger has about his bar’s Hollywood experience is the jaywalking ticket Furman, the director, received on York Boulevard.

“I told him that’s how the mean streets of Highland Park are – can’t just be jaywalking around!”

One comment

  1. Maaaaan, I can’t believe Marisa Tomei was right down the street and I MISSED it!

    This is really great to see.
    Nonnahs Driskill
    Aldama Terrace 90042

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