Not everyone in Highland Park welcomes the Hollywood spotlight

By LUCY GUANUNA

HIGHLAND PARK — A two-block section along Figueroa Street will be off limits to filmmakers for more than two months following an LAPD action to reduce the frequency of film shoots.

The Eastsider has contacted the LAPD to find out what prompted the “filming respite” but has not yet received a response. However, Fredy Ceja, a spokesman for Councilmember Gil Cedillo, said some Highland Park residents and business owners are unhappy with the loss of parking and other disruptions caused by filming.

In a production alert to filmmakers, FilmLA, the organization which helps coordinate on-location shoots, said the LAPD will not accept new requests for filming in the area through April 1. It’s not clear, however, how many permits had already been issued before the freeze went into effect on Jan. 19.

The so called “filming respite” covers a relatively small but popular area for film shoots that take advantage of a large number of historic buildings. The area is bounded by Marmion Way, North and South Avenue 58, North and South Avenue 56 and Figueroa, according to a statement issued by FilmLA.

Filmmakers have been drawn to Highland Park for it iconic and well preserved  Los Angeles architectural styles, including Craftsman, Spanish Colonial and Mission Revival and Tudor Revival homes. The neighborhood has served as the filming location for such high-profile shows like Lucifer, Shameless and Too Old to Die Young.

Ceja, the spokesman for Councilmember Cedillo, said the council office has been working with local businesses to reduce the effects of street closures and lack of parking.

“We support filming in our district, so long as they work with us to mitigate the impact on our residents and businesses,” said Cedillo in a statement.


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