Main Street may be part of Tim Allen film

April 14, 1997|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Tinseltown has tentative plans to close Westminster's East Main Street on May 5 for the shooting of a Universal Studios film starring Tim Allen.

The movie crews also plan to be in town May 6 and 7 to work on the film, "For Richer or Poorer," a present-day comedy about a New York City man in Amish country.

Filming dates are tentative -- dependent upon the weather, officials cautioned. The moviemakers apparently are trying to avoid publicity to discourage crowds.

Westminster will be standing in for Pennsylvania's Lancaster County -- complete with horses and buggies. Other locations include a Carroll County farm and downtown Baltimore, with interior scenes to be filmed at a warehouse in Glen Burnie.

Main Street merchants helped to select the Monday-through-Wednesday schedule to avoid their busiest weekend days, said R. Douglas Mathias, executive director of Greater Westminster Development Corp.

"Universal is going to be bringing signs in about a week before the shoot to help store owners tell about the shoot," he said. "They're trying to do the full-day exterior shoot on May 5, a Monday, because it's less disruptive to the businesses." Several of the shops will be given fake names for the movie. Access to all businesses will be available through rear entrances, Mathias said.

Allen, who stars in the ABC television series "Home Improvement," has starred in the movies "The Santa Clause" and "Jungle 2 Jungle."

Pub Date: 4/14/97

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