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A Streetcar Named El Monte

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, November 12, 2007, at 04:59PM
Streetcar Ed Fuentes

An impressive collection of antique cars, one greyhound bus, and a Pacific Electric Red Car with "El Monte" as the destination were being used for filming around City Hall today. According to the wife of one of the owners of the Model T's, sitting nearby to watch the action, some of the antique cars came out as far as San Bernardino on trailers and that these old beauties are often called upon for filming.

Actors were huddled at City Hall's North entrance, and scenes were set for a rainy day as sprinklers drenched the the north lawn while extras were toting umbrellas––which explains the use of the shaded side of City Hall.

There are a number of giveaways that say a film has a large budget. In this case signs included the number of well dressed extras and the extremely large lenses being carried by the paparazzi -- evidently in pursuit of what must be an A-list actor.

For most Downtowners, the Red Car is the real celebrity.


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