All the Peabody Conservatory library had to do was look its elegant self yesterday while a film crew set up lights, cameras and microphones to shoot a romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
The landmark on tree-lined Mount Vernon Street was the centerpiece for two scenes with Ms. Ryan, who plays a reporter at The Sun destined to meet Mr. Hanks, an architect in Seattle, at the end of the movie.
The crew will be filming "Sleepless in Seattle" in Baltimore through Thursday. Mr. Hanks is not in town.
From the Peabody, the crew went to the Woman's Industrial Exchange restaurant at Charles and Pleasant streets where director Nora Ephron had fallen in love with the orange cupcakes during a scouting trip she made to Baltimore earlier.
The setting at the 110-year-old Tea Room and gift shop sold Ms. Ephron on Baltimore as a location for some scenes in the film, set to be released by TriStar Pictures next spring.
"It was out of time," she said of the Woman's Industrial Exchange. She's trying to give the movie a timeless feel, and Baltimore has a "traditional" look, she said. The city seems to care about its history, she said.
The cupcakes have become a topic of conversation among crew members.
"They're fluffy. You can eat three or four of them and not feel bad about yourself," Ms. Ephron said.
The crew also filmed a scene in front of The Sun building on Calvert Street and plans to shoot this week at Faidley's Seafood at Lexington Market, the Hollywood Diner and near Francie's restaurant in Fell's Point, where Ms. Ryan's character, Annie Reed, lives.
"We've been pleased with all our beautiful locations," Ms. Ephron said.
TriStar President Marc Platt is a Pikesville native and watched yesterday's shooting.
Other scenes were shot in Seattle, Chicago and New York, publicist Betsy Sokolow said.
The Peabody was playing itself in the movie. The brother of Ms. Ryan's character is a musicologist at the conservatory, and she was on her way to visit him in the scenes filmed yesterday.
The brother originally was a psychiatrist in the script, but Ms. Ephron changed his profession so that the Peabody would fit into the film, executive producer Lynda Obst said.
Ms. Obst, wearing an Orioles cap and lamenting Cal Ripken Jr.'s slump, said she and other crew members planned to attend today's game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Rosie O'Donnell, who plays a reporter in the movie and who portrayed a baseball player in the movie "A League of Their Own," is scheduled to throw out the first pitch.