‘Cash Out’ movie in Columbus boosts local businesses

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – In case you haven’t heard or seen all the action in Uptown Columbus last week…scenes from the action thriller, “Cash Out,” shot right here in Fountain City… With John Travolta and Kristen Davis.

From last-minute costume shopping to hotel and restaurant stays, the production crew and cast of more than 100 bring local businesses a boost in sales over the two weeks of filming.

News 9 frontman Ashlee Williams spoke to a local restaurant owner who said she got the catering job for the next few weeks and it was an unforgettable experience.

John Travolta is in town! He’s shooting scenes for the upcoming action thriller “Cash Out.” We’re told it’s a bank robbery gone wrong, with crews setting up production in and around Synovus Corporate on Broadway.

As recently as Sunday, Columbus police were extras in the film, with uniform badges and car logos changed to “Seattle Police” as it appears parts of the film are based in Seattle, Washington.

At the same time, the Fountain City benefits considerably from the crew of 115 men.

Niki Gedroic, owner of Smoke Bourbon and BBQ and Vertigo Kitchen, says event catering isn’t new to her team…but catering two meals a day for a big production is a check mark on her list. things to do.

“What they do for our community literally brings in millions of dollars,” Gedrioc said. “I know they shop here, I’ve sent them to Sam’s, other local restaurants to film their needs for that. They make money. They bring awareness to our community.

Uptown Inc. President Ed Wolverton explained that Columbus community leaders have worked hard over the past five years to move our motion picture industry forward, bringing Atlanta production and putting Columbus on the map. the cinema.

“They definitely also need contractors to build some things. Elections, handles and other behind-the-scenes productions that set cameras and sound booms,” Wolverton said. “That’s another group of people who can often be employed in our film industry.”

As many streets and parking spaces are blocked at this time, Uptown Inc is focused on managing parking and access to local businesses.

“When they’re filming, they try to keep people from skimming through the film as it’s happening,” Wolverton said. “Once they are done with a particular take, they reopen. It’s important for our small businesses so people can still access it.

“The cast and crew were very polite,” Gedroic said. “It was exciting for everyone to catch a glimpse of John Travolta and Kristen Davis.”

The busiest shooting days: from Friday to last Monday. Wolverton with Uptown told us the lack of parking and road closures along Broadway will ease after Monday.

Filming ends on June 24.

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