Special screening of "Amazing Spider-Man 2" in Rochester

Updated: 04/30/2014 11:24 PM
Created: 04/30/2014 6:04 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

Exactly one year ago, crews started their ten day takeover of Main Street in downtown Rochester to film chase and crash scenes for the "Amazing Spider-Man 2." The movie opens to the public Thursday, but some lucky fans got a sneak peek of the new film Wednesday night.

Rochester residents waited just about a year to see what ten days of filming would look like on the big screen and it did not disappoint.  

Lynne White said, “I think it was exhilarating. You were at the edge of your seat all of the time. The 3-D effect was crazy.”

Lynne White translated the look on most people’s faces as they left the theater Wednesday night. Not only was it two hours of action packed drama, but there was something else.

Barbara Moehle, Brighton resident, said, “I saw the walkway across Main Street from the hotel.  I recognized some of the buildings. Unfortunately, I don't remember the names of them, but it was terrific. It was really great.”

Danny Young said, “I kind of like that, because we don't get a lot of movies filmed here.”

That something else is pride. A number of people stayed just to see the credits to see the line that thanked the city of Rochester.

Senator Joe Robach, 56th Senate District, said, “As an everyday citizen, something everybody knows, an iconic figure in movies and a good chunk of it made in Rochester, pretty neat.”

No disappointment for Justin Presciutti, easily Spiderman's biggest fan.  Even though he ended up being an extra in the movie, but he didn’t see himself tonight.

Justin Presciutti said, “I told my mom, ‘I'll wait until I get it on DVD and when it gets to the chase scene, pause it and fast forward to the part.’”

So what does it all mean?

Nora Brown, Rochester Film Commission, said, “The film industry all knows that Spiderman came here. Will we ever see another shutting Main Street down? For 10 days, probably not, but I think we'll see bigger productions and more productions.”

Brown wants to make it clear that there have been numerous movies filmed in Rochester, but nothing as big a production as this. 

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